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NYC VS. Jerusalem

So after living in Washington Heights for two weeks, I have noticed some similarities and differences between the two places.

Music on the street:

  • Washington Heights- Latin music or rap, all day and all night long
  • Jerusalem- Arsi music or always having a hachnasat Torah

Public Transportation:

Both have little to no air conditioning, and are super hot on hot days. Both are very crowded during rush hour.

  • NYC- comes every 5 minutes (if not sooner)
  • Jerusalem- comes every 15 minutes, if you are lucky

Hot days:

  • Washington Heights- hot and VERY humid
  • Jerusalem- almost no humidity, and at night it cools down (most of the time)

Primary Language in the Street:

  • Washington Heights- Spanish
  • Jerusalem- Hebrew, although depending on where it could be English, French, Arabic, Amharic, or Russian

Some things that are the same:

  • Fruit markets down the streets
  • Shuk type market during the week
  • People actually say hello
  • Not turning on one’s directional signal
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Author:

I am prone to overthinking and not to sharing. I decided to start writing and see what happens. So here are some stories and life situations (sometimes words of Torah) of a 30 something single woman, who happens to be a rabbi (received ordination in 2017- so there are posts of what that experience was like), will be working as a chaplain (and worked for years with older adults), is regularly asked what city she is located in (started the blog while living in Israel, found herself working in Australia, and will be in New York for at least a year), and is just trying to figure out her place in the world.

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