Opposing Concepts

Think for thought.

#Update - Summer 2014, and Berlin

Hello, Tumblr! Lila’s back with a new #Update.

In case you haven’t been keeping up with my latest blog posts, a lot has happened since my last #Update. Here are some of the highlights:

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Hiking Masada

Birthright Trips to Israel Continue Despite Mideast Conflict

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed for a New York Times article, about my experience in Israel. The interviewer liked my quotes so much, they sent a photographer to my house to take photos for the piece. The article ended up being on the front cover of the International section of the New York Times on Sat. August 2, 2014. 

Here is the article. Feel free to read it, if you would like. If you have any other questions about my experience, feel free to ask me about the trip!

The Western Wall
It is easy to belittle another’s religion or place of worship, when you are unable to relate to it. Only after you realize how important a religion is for someone, or how meaningful a place can be… Only then can you understand why it is that place exists, and why it deserves to be respected.

On Israeli Politics

Last month, I partook in a free Jewish Birthright program: Taglit Birthright. The Birthright program is essentially an opportunity all Jews are offered, in which they qualify for one, all-expense paid, 10-day trip to Israel.

As a fan of travel, I was thrilled to be able to participate. The program was amazing. The itinerary included daily trips to historic cities, hiking trips over the mountain of Masada, and swimming in both the Jordan River, amongst many other adventure-inpiring activities. I learned about everything from the religious importance of the Western Wall, to the best places to go clubbing in Tel Aviv. 

These experiences were fantastic, but expected. Tons of people had shared their experiences of exploring Israel, and had mentioned to me the hiking trips and clubbing scenes. The one thing I wasn’t expecting to learn so much about, was the political situation in Israel and Gaza.

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Where The Streets Have No Name- U2

Every time I enter a new country, continent, or “world,” I think of this song. It reminds me why I travel. It reminds me why I leave. It reminds me to be free.

Swimming in the Jordan River

Zefat
The streets of the holy city of Zefat are built with an indent, and slanted ever-so-slightly to allow rainwater to flow easily into filters and water containment facilities. 
You can see this system simply by walking up the street, and looking down.

A girl in my Think Big class came up with an idea for a projector like this. The only difference was that it was primarily used to make small spaces look bigger. I wish there could be a version that took up an entire building, where the floor was a treadmill that could move in all directions, and the projections on the wall moved to stimulate walking in a real world.If this could be a thing, entire walkable worlds could be created and manipulated by people. It could bring upon a new era of gaming.

A girl in my Think Big class came up with an idea for a projector like this. The only difference was that it was primarily used to make small spaces look bigger. I wish there could be a version that took up an entire building, where the floor was a treadmill that could move in all directions, and the projections on the wall moved to stimulate walking in a real world.
If this could be a thing, entire walkable worlds could be created and manipulated by people. It could bring upon a new era of gaming.

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