“G’day and l’hitraot, here I come!”

It’s almost time to take the first of my two eleven-hour flights, what better reason to blog on my new site? While it rarely happens anymore, it’s more fun than spending another thirty minutes deliberating about how many sweaters to pack and which books to bring. Let’s do a little Q&A.

Why are you packing sweaters?

Because it’s cold in Australia.

Yes, but you live in Tel Aviv, where it’s getting close to three-showers-a-day weather.

I know, it’s disgusting. But I was lucky enough to be invited to Limmud Oz.

Cool! You keep talking about those Limmud things. That’s like TED talks for Jews?

That’s a pretty bad comparison but I guess so. The original Limmud is this amazing week in England with hundreds of speakers talking to thousands of participants on all kinds of topics. Thirty-something years later, there are now local versions in cities around the world and I’m going to the one in Australia (or Oz, as they call it).

And nice that you get to miss all the humidity!

Seriously. It’s currently 9 degrees in Melbourne.

HOLY *&^!!!! THAT’S INSANE!!!!

In Celsius, I mean. Not terrible.

What’s Celsius?……Anyway, so how long are you going for?

The conference in Melbourne is for three days and Sydney is having their Yom Limmud for one day. I’ll be doing a few programs at each with a few other events as well. Everyone has told me that you can’t visit for less than A MINIMUM of two weeks so I decided to channel my inner Israeli and spend a month abroad. This is my longest trip ever. Really crazy. What might even be crazier is that, on the way there, I’m stopping in New Zealand for four days to do a mini-Limmud event in Auckland.

New Zealand is part of Australia, no?

I think it’s like their Canada or something. Any other questions?

Why did you shave?

Because I didn’t want to shlep my clippers. And I can never remember how voltage and all that stuff works.


Hasn’t your friend explained that to you like a thousand times?

Shut up.

Are you going to try vegemite?

I hope so!

What is vegemite anyway?

Australian chumus.

Are you going to post pictures along the way?

Oh yeah, I’m sure. Hopefully I’ll unplug a little, always a challenge, although maybe my homemade Facebook message will help.

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This head is not drawn to scale.

Don’t you need to go and call your mom before you take off?

Yeah, let me run.

Nesiya tova!

Thank you!

You don’t find it weird that you are trying to get in the last word with yourself?

Ok, the end. Bye!

  • Sheldon Dan
    Posted at 20:53h, 16 June Reply

    I suppose that whether 48 degrees Fahrenheit is not terrible is in the mind of the beholder.

    And for those who don’t like math formulas, here is a quick way to change Celsius to Fahrenheit:

    0 degrees Celsius is 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and 100 degrees Celsius is 212 degrees Fahrenheit. So a 100-degree increase in Celsius is a 180-degree increase in Fahrenheit, which translates to 5 degrees Celsius = 9 degrees Fahrenheit. Rounding 9 degrees to 10, this is equivalent to an 18-degree change from 0 Celsius (32 Fahrenheit), which means 10 degrees Celsius = 50 degrees Fahrenheit. 9 degrees is a little less than that, so it is equivalent to 48 degrees Fahrenheit.

    So if you see a temperature of 30 degrees in a country which uses Celsius, that’s not cold; it’s 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Some other equivalents:

    10 degrees Celsius = 50 degrees Fahrenheit
    20 degrees Celsius = 68 degrees Fahrenheit
    30 degrees Celsius = 86 degrees Fahrenheit
    40 degrees Celsius = 104 degrees Fahrenheit

    Now if someone says that the temperature is 40 degrees (Celsius), that’s HOT! On the other hand, 9 degrees Celsius is relatively comfortable, so a sweater should be good.

    • Benji
      Posted at 12:40h, 28 July Reply

      Just seeing these comments now….yeah, I really need to learn Celsius already!

  • Sheldon Dan
    Posted at 20:55h, 16 June Reply

    And about that humidity: I live in Memphis, where this is the humid season. So I can relate to Tel Aviv’s humidity. If you can escape summer humidity, do this.

  • batya
    Posted at 05:41h, 17 June Reply

    enjoy or should I hope the audience enjoys you

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