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Today, we had an amazing day!  We spent all day in the old city of Jerusalem.  At first we learned about the Aish and the history of the Aish World Center building. 

New Hebrew phrase: Buker Tov =good morning but to answer to someone else one would say Buker Or - good light.

We had an amazing lecture by Lori Polatnik, the leader of the whole trip.  She is truly wonderful speaker!  She was talking about 3 types of people typology or Kabala of you.  She pointed out that the most important thing in our communication with our children, our husbands and friends is to be understood and appreciated for who they are, and know where their motivation comes from.  She explained about CHaim soul and CHaim body, Bracha soul and Bracha body, and Tov soul and Tov body.  We had a lot of fun figuring out who is who and who our loved ones are. Here is detailed descriptions of this lecture.

We took pictures on top of the roof of the Aish World Center with the Kotel in the background.  It is a beautiful building that took many years to build.  The initiator of this organization was an amazing teacher Rabbi Noah Weinberg.  Unfortunately, he passed away about 2 years ago and we didn’t have chance to meet him, however we met his son.

As a gift, we got Sidur books with our names engraved on it.  This book has prayers that Jewish women must say asking for many good things for self, families and other people.  It is women’s obligation to pray at least once a day.  Women’s prayers are very powerful and it does not matter where women pray.  There are prayers for children’s success, for health, for birth of children, to find a husband, and for many other occasions when we need to pray.  We can pray from our heart but reading those prayers I understood that personally I would not be able to say it better than those prayers do.  There is a special prayer that needs to be read when one is near by the Western Wall.  I read that prayer and prayed again from my heart.  I wrote two notes and put it into the wall.  This was my second amazing experience at the wall.
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1st 3 days

Today, we had an amazing day!  We spent all day in the old city of Jerusalem.  At first we learned about the Aish and the history of the Aish World Center building. 

New Hebrew phrase: Buker Tov =good morning but to answer to someone else one would say Buker Or - good light.

We had an amazing lecture by Lori Polatnik, the leader of the whole trip.  She is truly wonderful speaker!  She was talking about 3 types of people typology or Kabala of you.  She pointed out that the most important thing in our communication with our children, our husbands and friends is to be understood and appreciated for who they are, and know where their motivation comes from.  She explained about CHaim soul and CHaim body, Bracha soul and Bracha body, and Tov soul and Tov body.  We had a lot of fun figuring out who is who and who our loved ones are. Here is detailed descriptions of this lecture.

We took pictures on top of the roof of the Aish World Center with the Kotel in the background.  It is a beautiful building that took many years to build.  The initiator of this organization was an amazing teacher Rabbi Noah Weinberg.  Unfortunately, he passed away about 2 years ago and we didn’t have chance to meet him, however we met his son.

As a gift, we got Sidur books with our names engraved on it.  This book has prayers that Jewish women must say asking for many good things for self, families and other people.  It is women’s obligation to pray at least once a day.  Women’s prayers are very powerful and it does not matter where women pray.  There are prayers for children’s success, for health, for birth of children, to find a husband, and for many other occasions when we need to pray.  We can pray from our heart but reading those prayers I understood that personally I would not be able to say it better than those prayers do.  There is a special prayer that needs to be read when one is near by the Western Wall.  I read that prayer and prayed again from my heart.  I wrote two notes and put it into the wall.  This was my second amazing experience at the wall.
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Даже не знаю на каком языке мне легче писать.  Наверно на английском из-за того что пальцам легче печатать.  У меня нет русского шрифта и приходится пользоваться транслитом чтоб по русски печатать.  Так же, когда на работе то я в основном общаюсь с клиентами на английском.  Русских очень мало.  Похоже что нет разницы в мыслях на русском либо на английском. 
Мишку пытаемся заставлять говорить на русском дома, но ему легче на английском.  Он со мной по английски, а я перевожу ему что он говорит на русский (типа перефразирую).

Мишелка пока только по русски говорит, но уже начинает и английские слова употреблять или на джибриш говорить.  О Мишелке в основном получается писать на русском. 

Конечно моя грамматика на русском немного страдает.  На английском тоже с акцентом пишу иногда.

Ну и что? К какому ответу я пришла?   
Буду писать на обоих :) как и раньше :)
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Даже не знаю на каком языке мне легче писать.  Наверно на английском из-за того что пальцам легче печатать.  У меня нет русского шрифта и приходится пользоваться транслитом чтоб по русски печатать.  Так же, когда на работе то я в основном общаюсь с клиентами на английском.  Русских очень мало.  Похоже что нет разницы в мыслях на русском либо на английском. 
Мишку пытаемся заставлять говорить на русском дома, но ему легче на английском.  Он со мной по английски, а я перевожу ему что он говорит на русский (типа перефразирую).

Мишелка пока только по русски говорит, но уже начинает и английские слова употреблять или на джибриш говорить.  О Мишелке в основном получается писать на русском. 

Конечно моя грамматика на русском немного страдает.  На английском тоже с акцентом пишу иногда.

Ну и что? К какому ответу я пришла?   
Буду писать на обоих :) как и раньше :)
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I had a wonderful day communicating with my friends.  In the morning I called my friend in Germany then my friend in Kiev and talked to several friends here. 

Then I took kids and my friend with her son to the Ukrainian Heritage Festival in Minneapolis.  The weather was great!   There was music, dancing, singing, food, games for kids and a lot of people.  I was surprised that it was very inexpensive unlike all other festivals that I have been to before. 

It was interesting to listen to real Ukrainian language and even speak some myself.  I saw one woman there that looked just like my theatre director from Kiev 20 years ago.  I asked her if it was her but it wasn’t.  However, we found that she also finished same university as that woman did.  I met some people that I know there.  Michael enjoyed playing games and even though he didn’t always make on target, they still let him get a prize.  They gave ice-cream for free.

Michelle stayed in the stroller for a long time but then of course got tired and wanted to run around.  I really liked that event and would love to come back next year.   

In the afternoon when we came home, unexpectedly we had a full house of guests and I fed them dinner that I cooked on the spot.  I really enjoyed being surrounded by friends!

After dinner we went for a walk in our neighborhood with our friends and kids.  It was gorgeous evening but kind of cool.  The day ended with tea and Michelle's pearls that I will write about separately.

ahka: (Default)

I had a wonderful day communicating with my friends.  In the morning I called my friend in Germany then my friend in Kiev and talked to several friends here. 

Then I took kids and my friend with her son to the Ukrainian Heritage Festival in Minneapolis.  The weather was great!   There was music, dancing, singing, food, games for kids and a lot of people.  I was surprised that it was very inexpensive unlike all other festivals that I have been to before. 

It was interesting to listen to real Ukrainian language and even speak some myself.  I saw one woman there that looked just like my theatre director from Kiev 20 years ago.  I asked her if it was her but it wasn’t.  However, we found that she also finished same university as that woman did.  I met some people that I know there.  Michael enjoyed playing games and even though he didn’t always make on target, they still let him get a prize.  They gave ice-cream for free.

Michelle stayed in the stroller for a long time but then of course got tired and wanted to run around.  I really liked that event and would love to come back next year.   

In the afternoon when we came home, unexpectedly we had a full house of guests and I fed them dinner that I cooked on the spot.  I really enjoyed being surrounded by friends!

After dinner we went for a walk in our neighborhood with our friends and kids.  It was gorgeous evening but kind of cool.  The day ended with tea and Michelle's pearls that I will write about separately.

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It slowed down again at work and I am bored out of my mind.  I have been trying to challenge myself with various activities outside of work (mostly when I am driving).  For example, I am not very good at learning languages.  To say the truth, I am pretty impaired in that department.  I learned English only because I had no way out.  It took very long to actually start speaking, writing and understanding it for me, I would say 5 or 6 years living in the US.

 

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It slowed down again at work and I am bored out of my mind.  I have been trying to challenge myself with various activities outside of work (mostly when I am driving).  For example, I am not very good at learning languages.  To say the truth, I am pretty impaired in that department.  I learned English only because I had no way out.  It took very long to actually start speaking, writing and understanding it for me, I would say 5 or 6 years living in the US.

 

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