As part of our community blog content at ON THE MOVE, we present our interview series, where we invite movers to bring their thoughts not only on the physical move but on the intensely personal experience of moving house. Here we explore the spirituality and psychology of Home and why where we live means so much to us. We want to hear your story, please share it with us.
Rabbi Aryeh Weinstein is the Director of the Jewish Learning Academy at Lubavitch of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
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Winner of the $100-dollar Moving Stories Contest by Moving Memories
One of my first moving jobs back in the mid-90s was working for a company called V** *** ****. My buddy Jim & I had been working there for a couple years when the owner, finally decided we were experienced enough to handle an Interstate move on our own. The owner was never much on doing paperwork, (or much of anything for that matter) so when move day came, he gave us the move information scribbled down on a tattered piece of paper that looked like it was more of a napkin than anything. The load was fairly uneventful and after a couple of hours on a sunny Friday morning in August we departed for Boston, Massachusetts. Being in our twenties and full of anticipation for a cool adventure and weekend on the East Coast we decide to drive all night to get there and get unloaded as soon as we could, in order to have some extra time to do some sight-seeing. This was our first mistake. It was dark when we arrived in the Catskill Mountains in Western New York…. very dark. The little 20 foot box truck we were dispatched in wasn’t exactly in “ Top Form”, and the gas gauge was more of a guideline than a measure of actual fuel. As we approached “E” we decided to start looking for a place to stop for some fuel and a welcome leg stretch. We hadn’t exactly thought our whole plan through completely and at 2 am most stations who sold diesel fuel were closed for the evening. With the last cup or two of fuel left we finally found a station that sold diesel and parked there for the night and slept in the truck until it opened at 6 am.
And the Origins of the Seven-Day Week
By Dr. Jacob L. Wright
Abstract: In this first part of a two-part article, Jacob Wright of Emory University discusses a range of evidence suggesting that Shabbat was originally celebrated once a month. Before it came to designate the seventh day in a weekly cycle, Shabbat referred to the time of Full Moon, which together with New Moon was widely observed throughout the ancient Near East. Early biblical laws also demand a cessation of labor every seven days, similar to the statutes requiring a seventh-year release for the land; these laws are social in nature, and are connected to the importance that the number seven had in many ancient Near Eastern cultures. These laws, however, originally had nothing to do with Shabbat. How and why the weekly days of rest merged with the monthly Shabbat will be explored in part two — How and When Seventh Day Became Shabbat .
by Pam M.
When a loved one moves with you, new challenges arise.
At some point in your career, you may be faced with a choice of whether or not to relocate to a new city, state or even across the country for your work. In the corporate world, where takeovers and reorganizations are a fact of life, this is often a reality. Even if you never find yourself forced to move for your current job, you may choose relocation as a way to follow a new career path or move up in your company.
Experts say that relocating for your career can be one of the most stressful things you'll ever face. It may mean leaving a hometown full of family and friends, or a city that you love. On top of adjusting to a new job and a different set of workplace characters, you have to create a new home for yourself and get to know a new town. There's no doubt about it - relocation is a challenge.
But if you have a spouse or partner who agrees to relocate with you, then there's someone else who is struggling with the transition and change as much or more than you are. For him or her, the stresses, sadness and frustration may be even greater than your own. You, after all, are moving to accept a new opportunity. For your partner, the future may seem very uncertain.
The period following your relocation may put a lot of stress on your relationship. As you adjust to the demands of your new job, your partner may feel alone and left behind in a new city. It is easy to become resentful during this chaotic and confusing time.
If you allow it, built-up resentment and lack of communication can make an already stressful time even harder. By being aware of the many emotions your partner may be experiencing and expressing your support, you can help your relationship to not only survive but thrive during this transition.
Things to Consider Before and During Your Move:
It Happens Sometimes | Poetry from the editor
in a shrouded cave
without charm or luxury
lived a man alone
with a carved ash walking stick
and a magic bee garden
he communed with sky
while touching mother earth
where he earned free love
tending the roots she offered
in their seasonal affair
this all pleased the man
his life was pure as honey
wildfire held well
and clung to the dancing wall
the old man's breath could wander
Pearl Schneider | Winner of the 2015 Osnat Mozes Painting Prize for a Young Artist
Curator: Menahem Goldenberg
This year’s winner of the Osnat Mozes Painting Prize for a Young Artist is Pearl Schneider.
Excerpts from the Prize Committee’s decision: “Pearl Schneider’s paintings describe a world that is rich and full of imagination. It is with rare restraint, sincerity and modesty, that they beckon the viewer into their midst. Her paintings convey a clarity and precision;
Haim Ben Shitrit | Oriental Bavarian- Do you Know this Woman?
Curator: Albert Suisa
Haim Ben-Shitrit’s new exhibition carries on his examination of multilingualism and its ability to convey biographical collages. The exhibition consists of two video projects “Oriental Bavarian” and “Do You Know This Woman?” “Oriental Bavarian” fuses Ben-Shitrit’s biography with that of his friend’s, Berndt Sering, an Israeli German (originally from Munich, Bavaria). It is a German, Hebrew, French, and Arabic speaking, multilingual journey, an optimistically chaotic movement, depicting a personal, Middle-Eastern and European-German-Bavarian world.
Yanai Segal | Walkway
Curator: Sally Haftel Naveh
Yanai Segal’s exhibition, Walkway, does not presume to present a mimetic reality or a minimalist scene of events. The exhibition is an attempt to create a conceptual space that envelops different worlds, and bridges a sensual experience with a transcendental universal space. Segal recruits the idea of the promenade as a mechanism and works it into the viewer’s physical experience, alongside a compilation of symbolically charged custom motifs, borrowed from the Israeli as well as Jewish repertoire (Hamsa and Menorah), indicating a spiritual experience.
Omri Keren Lapidot | 6th Exhibition in the 19th Nidbach Series Tulips
Curator: Hanna Shaviv
In his work, Omri documents the changes the kibbutz society is undergoing and the members’ relationship to the place and landscape. The photographs document a specific moment in the kibbutz history. Traces of the past are still present while the uncertainty of change is already felt. Omri photographs dining halls, communal stages, residences, etc. In straightforward black-and-white photographs,
Rabbi Ari Enkin is a modern-orthodox rabbi, author, and educator living in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel. He holds “Yoreh-Yoreh Yadin-Yadin” semicha from a number of prominent rabbanim and dayanim, including the world-renowned posek, Rav Ephraim Greenblatt. He is frequently consulted for Halachic advice by rabbis and laymen alike and spends many hours each day immersed in Halachic research.
Rabbi Enkin is a highly acclaimed public speaker and is available for scholar-in-residence and guest speaker programs.
What led you to choose the rabbinate as a career?
Very simply, the idea of being involved in peoples' lives, the interpersonal support, and to serve as a community leader. The scholarly angle is also of great interest, I specialize in Halacha literature.
Which Jewish experiences have been most significant for you?
Ha! Everything... following the Jewish calendar throughout the year gives significant experiences in giving and receiving—for example, right now we celebrate the Hanukkah gift cycle.
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