A Quick Trip in the Shuk

After much worry that my university would close to in-person classes this fall, I’m very relieved that for the time being, I’ll be moving back to campus. Of course, moving back to campus means I have to do quite a bit of online shopping. While online shopping has its benefits, there’s something I miss about being in person- which brings …

Nature in a Pandemic

By Livia Zarge Given that we’re five months into the quarantine for the Covid-19 pandemic, I thought that it would appropriate to bring some nature into our homes. When I was taking an environmental science class I learned about the concept of “biophilia”: the idea that human beings thrive around nature and even something as simple as a picture of …

Tisha B’Av: A Day of Mourning

This Thursday, we fasted and mourned for Tisha B’Av- a Jewish fast on the 9th day of the month of Av that commemorates the numerous disasters in Jewish history, but most prominently the destruction of both the first and second Beit Hamikdash. Tisha B’Av follows a similar structure as Yom Kippur: a sunset to nightfall duration, no washing or bathing, …