As long as I can remember, nothing makes me happier and more excited than a Broadway show. I know every single line and musical number to all of my favorite shows (shoutout to Les Misesrables), and everyone that knows me knows I can gab about Broadway for hours. Ever since I was little, I dreamed of being an actress, either in live theater or on screen. I took all the actings classes I could, I asked for Broadway tickets for every birthday and Hanukkah, and I spent hours in my room listening to the studio recording albums. I started piano lessons when I was 6-years-old, and I grew up being classically trained while also sneaking in music from my favorite Broadway shows. I learned as much as I could about the actors and actresses that portrayed my favorite roles, and I envisoned what it would be like to perform professionally.
Clueless, the quintessential 90's movie, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Actually, to the date, July 19th. And the movie has stood the test of time, still being one of the most popular teen movies to date.
Have you ever been to the beach at night?
The roar of the ocean seems to echo on forever.
Without the sound of voices and laughter to deflect its power.
The summer of 2017, I had the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to Thailand with my best friend on a program through Rustic Pathways. To say that this trip changed my life is an understatement- there is not one day where I don't think about the beautiful land and culture I was able to experience. I fell in love with the people, the lifestyle, the food (of course), the landmarks, the language, the traditions, and the immense beauty every corner of the country has to offer. My friends constantly joke that people don't truly know me if they didn't know that I went to Thailand and that my favorite animal is an elephant, and they are correct.
Many, many months have passed, and you’ve gone through every type of emotion possible. Some days you wake up feeling like you can take on the world and some days you just want to curl up in a bed and never get up. We all need a reliable coping mechanism. Thankfully, the one thing that is always accessible is music (shoutout to Spotify for being the greatest platform invented.) Music is the way I have dealt with quarantine stress, whether it’s learning new songs on the piano or just listening to my favorite Spotify playlists. I’ve compiled some of my favorite songs for each of my quarantine moods.
From a young age, I was taught the morals and foundation of Judaism. I attended a Jewish preschool, where I recited the prayers over the challah, wine (or grape juice for us 4-year-olds), snack and Shabbat. I earned the most mitzvah leaves in my class- each mitzvah leaf would be pinned up on our tree labeled with our name to keep track of all the good deeds we did. Being Jewish is giving back to the community and our families, providing support and prayers for those who need it, cooking delicious meals and using every opportunity to turn a Jewish holiday into a feast. Also adding a few comical Yiddish words into everyday conversation. The Jewish culture is rich in traditions, values, flavors and compassion. Coming from a reformed family mostly focusing on the familial element of Judaism and growing up in New Jersey, I imagined the whole world was favorable towards this seemingly peaceful religion. So when I found out my grandma is a Holocaust survivor and suffered through such a hatred, I had many questions.