Archive for July, 2011

The Fallen Woman – What the Death of Amy Winehouse Says About Diaspora Jewish Culture

By Yishai - Last updated: Wednesday, July 27, 2011

By Benjamin Kerstein Media coverage of the sudden though not entirely unexpected death of British R&B singer Amy Winehouse mentioned only in passing that she was Jewish. This says something in and of itself, but the truth is that Winehouse’s Jewish identity was always just below the surface of her fame, particularly among her Jewish […]

Leah Tells it Like It Is in Rosh Tzurim

By Yishai - Last updated: Monday, July 25, 2011

Of course, here at Kumah, we like to share the poignant moments, the in-depth analysis, the deep spiritual journeys that comprise life in Israel.  But we also like to stick our hands in the dirt and have fun every now and again. So Yishai, Leah and I headed off to Rosh Tzurim, home of the […]

Fires in Jerusalem – If ya can’t stand the heat…

By Uriah - Last updated: Wednesday, July 20, 2011

This past Sunday afternoon from the view of our balcony over Hertzl Blvd we were treated to a free airshow of sorts as we got to watch fire-fighter airplanes making their goes trying to tackle the forest fire that was blazing just down the street from us in the Jerusalem Forest. While there were rumors […]

The Joy of Paying Fines for Traffic Violations Tickets on the 17th of Tammuz

By Yishai - Last updated: Monday, July 18, 2011

Today, I went to the post office to retrieve a package. That in itself took a long time. Long line at the post office, as lots of my Ishmaelite cousins pay bills there. Anyway, you know how it goes, you get a package ticket in the mail and you look forward to seeing the actual […]

Yishai’ Big Week: Cohanim, Glenn Beck, and Aliyah. whew!

By Yishai - Last updated: Friday, July 15, 2011

Hey folks! Things have been exciting recently for your old pals at Kumah.  We just put out what is – in my opinion – our best video to date, called “Under the Prayer Shawl – Secrets of the Priestly Blessing”, all about Birkat Cohanim and the pilgrimage to Jerusalem.  Don’t miss it! This week, not […]

My Bike Finally Makes Aliyah

By Pinchas - Last updated: Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Yesterday a Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flight of 254 Olim landed in Israel. But aside from all the passengers that made Aliyah the plane held my dear bike which I left behind almost six years ago to the day when I made Aliyah. I’ve been mentioning it to everyone I see all week. But actually aside […]


By Michael Berezin - Last updated: Friday, July 8, 2011

The Middle East has been growing date palms for centuries. The average tree is about 18-20 feet tall and yields about 38 pounds of dates a year. Israeli date trees are now yielding 400 pounds/year and are short enough to be harvested from the ground or a short ladder . Israel the 100th smallest country, […]

Going Live On Israeli Radio “The Yishai Flleisher Show”

By Yishai - Last updated: Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Midnight in Israel on 106.5 Jerusalem and can be heard using these live links: For PC: For Mac: Enjoy the show live and we will podcast it soon. Please let me know what you think!