Leora here. Shalom!
Foremost, I’m a modern orthodox Jewess. This means I keep kosher, refrain from work on Shabbat (Sabbath), and keep to the laws of the Torah. I don’t associate religion as a burden, contrary to what many people think. Having faith in something greater than myself elicits balance in my life and helps me recognize true joy in everything I do.
Coursing through my veins lives this curious thrill, one that has a million stories to tell; few belonging to me. It acknowledges surroundings, those unencumbered and vast, to those miniscule and humble. It studies histories, cultures, and people, exhilarated by how much beauty is out there, making me kind of a crazed explorer .
I should mention that all the images on my blog are ones I’ve taken, unless specified otherwise. I wouldn’t go so far to call myself a professional photographer, but I’m an aspiring shutterbug, one who works hard to get her shots and puts effort in her edits, so if you see something you’d like to use, please contact me.
Seeing as how I don’t have the luxury of unlimited time, wealth, or zero responsibilities keeping me grounded, I’m unable to just scurry off to any city in the world. My privilege does coalesce with my very own luxury, though. I live in New York City and I’m so fortunate and grateful to call this extraordinary place home. (On occasion, I do travel out of the confines of the East Coast to other countries, which I write about as well.) Nevertheless, most of the places I blog about are within the 5 boroughs of NYC, (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx), including the few trips to upstate NY I take every year.
As a frizzy-haired second grader, I already knew I was going to be a writer, (or to use the clinical term: wordaholic.) I was obsessed with words; their meanings, origins, formations, and how a variety of them can say the same thing you were trying to say, but once rephrased, sound so much more beautiful. I published my first piece when I was 18 in Lilith Magazine. The day my copies came in the mail was one of the proudest days of my life. Later that summer, I got an internship at The Jewish Voice as a journalist. While freelancing, I began tutoring English at Bramson College. Though I no longer work there, being an educator to students from all over the globe, ones with the richest stories, was my happy place.
This blog is a fusion of both my passions: exploring and writing. I hope to share and inspire as best I can. Contact me if you’re so inclined. Or find me here on Instagram, which is the only form of social media where I’m most active.