Tag Archives: Israel

Creative Juice #155

Creative Juice #155

We stand on the shoulders of creative giants. Give yourself a boost with these twelve articles.

I’d Rather Be Dancing: Israeli Dances


I am still laid up with hip issues, so I can’t folk dance. Sigh. I especially miss Israeli dances. Please watch with me while I vicariously enjoy:

  • The basic hora (circle dance). The simplest of the Israeli dances, often done to Hava Nagila. You might dance this at a wedding. You can have a conversation with your neighbor while doing this.Traveling clockwise (to your left), the sequence is: side, behind, step, kick, step, kick, repeat ad infinitum.
  • Jedid Nefesh. I don’t think my dance group does this one. I came across it on YouTube, and it’s lovely.
  • Ma Navu.
  • Hora Medura.
  • Mayim.
  • Erev Shel Shoshanim. There is more than one choreography for this dance; this one is my favorite.
  • Tzadik Katamar. See the palm trees swaying in the wind?
  • Sonata. Several of us in the Phoenix International Folk Dancers are obsessed with this dance. Watch the man in the center with the blue t-shirt–he choreographed this.
  • Salamati. This is one of the most complicated and athletic of the Israeli dances that we do. (Well, that my group does. I’m still learning it.)
  • Tzena, Tzena, and Hava Nagila with a more elaborate choreography.

I hope you enjoyed our little trip around the world to see Israeli dances. Personally, I’m ready to watch these videos all over again.


Share Your World – 2016 Week 33

Share Your World – 2016 Week 33

I’m participating in Cee’s Share Your World Challenge today.

Would you travel into outer space?

I think I’ll stay home, thank you. And look at space through NASA’s lens. Our tax dollars support NASA, right? We own these.

A photo by NASA. unsplash.com/photos/rTZW4f02zY8

Which country/city in the world (that you have never been to) would you most like to visit and why?

I’ve always wanted to visit the Holy Land, to walk where Jesus walked.


What could you do to breathe more deeply today?

It is true that breathing deeply has medical benefits. When I go to bed at night, I consciously take deep breaths as part of my falling asleep strategy.

Complete this sentence:  This creamy peanut butter sandwich could really use some …

Peanut Butter on Bread with Peanuts


Chunks! Chunky is the best kind of peanut butter.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I can’t think of anything extraordinary that happened in the last week, but I am grateful for all the blessings I experience every day–freedom, beauty, and love. I’m looking forward to hosting my critique group, Tuesday’s Children, tomorrow.