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Israel, Russia, & Figure Skating

 Written by    November 29, 2012

Last night was my second time in a Jewish institution, and I think it went a lot better than the first time.

When I got confirmed in the United Methodist Church (I’m not Methodist anymore, in case you were wondering—I’m nondenominational now) part of our confirmation was visiting different places of worship related to the Christian faith—one of which being a synagogue.  I remember it being pretty interesting, except for the part where I stole a yarmulke.


You read that right.  They had yarmulkes outside the entrance of the sanctuary for all the men to put on when they went in.  So at least when my dad accidentally stole one too (did I forget to mention that?) it was more understandable.  On the other hand, I had no business taking one in the first place, since I am indeed a girl.  In my defense, I thought they were really cool.  But more importantly, apparently if you do take one to wear during the service, you’re not supposed to keep them?


Oops.  I should probably work on that whole 8th commandment thing a little lot more.


So I didn’t take a yarmulke this time.  But I did get to hear more about some of the recent events in the Middle East.  One of my Jewish friends in the suite next door helped put on this event with Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, who spoke on military and minority groups in Israel. Since I’m always up for learning about stuff like this, and my roommate is currently taking Intro to Intelligence right now, we both went out for it.  It was my first time in Hillel, OSU’s Jewish Student Center.


I had a good time.  In fact, I’ve seriously enjoyed learning a lot about the Hebrew Bible this semester as well.  As I’ve continued to make my way through the Old Testament, it’s been nice to have a Jew/Hebrew speaker next door to offer insight… and, of course, make fun of my pronunciation.


In other news, I used those Cardio Theater things twice in the past few weeks at the RPAC, too, which I’d never done before this month.  You know, where you plug in your headphones while you’re on a treadmill or whatever so you can watch what’s on TV?  Well, the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Paris was on a few weeks ago!   And then, the next round, the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Japan, was on this week!  So both times, I worked out to my heart’s content watching the most gorgeous athletes skate.  Naturally, all this figure skating spectating has gotten me pretty excited for the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.


I had this elaborate (not really) plan to study Russian when I got to Ohio State, so that I could study abroad in Russia the Spring semester of 2014, when the Olympics would be going on over there.  It’s been kind of bittersweet (not really) to realize that won’t happen now.  I can’t be that sad; I wasn’t exactly super proactive about making it happen.


It does remind me that I really should get around to taking a Russian language class before I graduate.


And take an ice skating class. I used to be good when I was younger:


But I don’t have anything to show for it now.  Nowadays, all I do is jump in lakes:




Most importantly, though, I need to iron out a more foolproof plan to get myself to the Olympic Games with the big sis.  That is most definitely #1 on my bucket list.



Rude Awakening:  Ohio State losing the basketball game against Duke last night is in my top 10 saddest moments of the semester.  Especially now that my sister is marrying a UNC alumnus, it’s extra painful.


Pleasant Surprise:  In case you were wondering, turns out we DID end up winning the Blood Battle against M!ch!g@n!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


In firm friendship,


Julia Rose S.

Events, Personal, Recreation, Student orgs, Why Ohio State?

2 Responses

  1. Julia S. says:

    I’m glad you think so too! 🙂

  2. Emily says:

    I hope you make it to the Olympic Games! Figure skating is seriously awesome.

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