The girl without a voice – an improtant cause

At the age of 3 Ola’s digestive system and vocal chords were dissolved after she was made to drink acid by her Father.

Every dollar counts and there’s a long way to go.

Here’s a link to the Indiegogo page: http://igg.me/at/olaazimov/x/5779192

It looks like it was not opened by Ola herself, but by someone who’s seen her story featured on TV.

In order to be able to eat or drink she has to undergo a VERY expensive surgery in Texas. It really is an enormousness sum of money.

Here is a video with English subtitles:

 

Life can be so cruel sometimes. I have nothing else to add :/

Japan

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine

I took a month off work this past September and traveled to Japan all on my own.

It was EXPENSIVE – even though I stayed within my budget – so proud of myself :)

It was also one of the best experiences ever – Japan is amazing. The people, culture, architecture and nature. I climbed several mountains, went to onsens and ate delicious food. I will have to return someday soon.

Oh, and how could I forget? I go to practice my Japanese for the first time!  It felt really good.

I took so many notes and photos during the trip. I have to actually write everything down. Just thinking about it makes my head ache.

How do you even get started? :/

I got my gas mask ages ago

So it seems like the US might attack Syria. This caused a sort of panic in Israel and people are lining up to get their gas masks. These people could have gotten their gas masks ages ago, they just didn’t. damn procrastinators.

This is the scene in Tel Aviv, CRAZY:

For the article where the photo was taken from, click here.

48308960991094640360noSurprisingly enough, my facebook news feed is completely devoid of any comments/posts about the potential attack.

Personally, I’m not taking this seriously. Most of us never do until these things actually happen, huh?

Why you should never live with roommates

I’m a bit upset.

I live in a flat with one roommate. Obviously, I pay more for this luxury. Also, I live in the center of Tel Aviv – which means I’m paying a lot. A ridiculous amount.

For the past 3 months, my roommate’s girlfriend has been here every day – well, I see her every morning and evening when I get back from work. I didn’t say anything at the beginning since my roommate hurt his leg and couldn’t even go to work. I figured he needed help. Another month passed, he went back to work, but the gf stayed. Now, a month later I asked him what’s this all about.

Apparently she moved in and gave up her apartment, and no one thought to tell me. On top of that, he called me petty. *ME*. All because I said that I don’t like having another presence in the house. Oh, I kept the best for last – he does not think she should pay a dime.

Yes, you’re reading this right. In Hebrew we say chuzpah. That was a week ago. He told me they’ll figure something out. He has not said a thing to me since, and I’m getting the feeling we’re not on speaking terms anymore – on his side at least.

So I tried doing it the nice way instead of going straight to the landlord. I guess nice doesn’t work with some people. How does anyone think that kind of behavior is ok? It’s beyond me. I’m really upset.

La Rocca, ItalyThis photo was taken in Italy while climbing La Rocca. It has a calming effect on me. Sort of. :)

Stupid people on OkCupid

I’m on OkCupid. Trying to find love and all that jazz. This is not what this post is about though. I got a message from a 51 year old man from Australia. Here it is:

I hope one day to see Israel respecting other countries cultural heritage,borders and culture. Why can’t you just leave the Palestinian people alone,and go back to Poland?

Why do people do that on a DATING site? Also, any sentence that starts with I hope one day or I wish.. is so damn preachy, come on! And on top of that, it is the stupidest statement ever – it’s something I expect from a child. I am not responsible for everything wrong with Israel  – Just like a Palestinian is not responsible for all suicide bombings – I can tell the difference – Nazis do not equal the German people or Germany. 

Why can’t I go back to Poland? I can’t speak for all Jews, but the Nazis took my grandmother’s home and murdered her family. Besides, us Jews came from all over the place, we can’t ALL go back to Poland.

I’m getting worked up over nothing, but what else is there to do on a Saturday afternoon?

Popping in to say hello

Hi there,

It’s been forever since my last post. Maybe you know how it’s like. Sometimes you just write and write, and other times it’s the last thing on your mind.

I was in Italy the past May. I visited a friend, then traveled a bit. I absolutely loved every second. One of my favorite places was Burano Island, Venice. It’s not as touristic as Murano, which is one of the reasons I liked it so much. It’s great if you want a break from Venice.

Until next time,

Alpheba

Remembering the Holocaust

It is  the eve of Yom HaShoah today, or in English, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

What does it mean to me?

When I was younger my parents worked in Yad VaShem, a museum and research center of the Holocaust. I grew up with it as part of my life. My grandmother, Chava Greenberg, didn’t talk about her childhood a lot.

She was born in Poland. In 1939 she boarded a ship carrying Jewish immigrants trying to enter Palestine (Israel’s name at the time). She tried to convince her family to join her. She was the only survivor. She later discovered that her family was murdered in Auschwitz and Majdanek. She lost all her belonging when the ship was attacked by the British.

I don’t know a lot about my grandfather, Yehoshua Goldshlager. I never met him. He was also born in Poland, and came to Palestine a few years before the war. As far as I know, he lost most of his family in the war. I think some of his family was in Lodz Ghetto at some point.

On my father’s side, they were luckier. My grandmother (Regina) fled Germany in time with her family, and my grandfather (Avraham) left Ukraine after WWI. Both of them fled to Argentina.

Tomorrow at 10am a siren will sound throughout Israel and most of us will stand in silence for 2 minutes.

My grandparent’s generation is dying out. It is important today, more than ever, to educate our children, and keep the story alive. These days, when people seem crueler and number to pain and suffering, we must remember what has happened, so it never happens again – I make an effort to remember everyday.