My 25th birthday bucket list

25 things to be completed before I turn 25

  1. To read 25 books which I haven’t read
  2. Successfully graduate from college
  3. Read the entire Book of Mormon
  4. Go bungee jumping from the top of bridge of strings in Jerusalem. I’ve always wanted to do it
  5. Go to Europe
  6. Get a job which I actually enjoy
  7. Invest into buying our own home
  8. Be a good wife
  9. Go to the temple at least once a month
  10. Go to Disneyworld
  11. Take part in a Karaoke competition
  12. Find an exercise regimen which I actually enjoy. And stick to it!
  13. Apply for grad school
  14. Learn how to make my own bread
  15. Get a fur baby – cat or dog or both
  16. Learn how to use a sewing machine and actually sew something. I’m dreaming of getting one of these girls sewing machines so my little one and I can spend more time together crafting stuff. the hello Kitty one is sooo cute!
  17. Begin learning French or Spanish
  18. Scan all of my family’s old photos to digitalize them
  19. Learn how to drive a car with a stick shaft
  20. Find a local charity to support on a regular basis
  21. Visit and tour the White House
  22. Manage to lose 11lbs
  23. Take a windsurfing class
  24. Get back to scrapbooking
  25. Visit the Grand Canyon

I think it absolutely brilliant to set your goals with a set deadline, because you can actually keep a log of t things you wanted at a certain time of your life, as well as keep track of which goals are completed in time, and which haven’t been.

Do you like to set short and long term goals? Do you have a list of your own? I would love to get some feedback from those of you who share my passion.

What is the real reason for having so many Jews in American comedy?

Starting with the Marx Brothers and the Three Stooges, passing through the neurotic comedic genius of Woody Allen and getting to the present comedic scene where actors like Sarah Silverman, Hudd Apatow and Andy Samberg are among the best in comedy. The question is – how come there have been and still are so many Jews in comedy? There are several possible reasons and explanations of why there are so many Jews in American comedy.

First of all, the fact that Jews in America are a very small and white minority as compared to the Christians and Catholics, so in order to deal with the fact that Christianity is on every corner, in every movie and the Christian holidays are so widely commercialized and celebrated could be the reason for the American Jews to feel a little overwhelmed. The best way to deal with this situation is through humor.


Another possible reason for the Jewish comedy phenomenon in the US could be the Tikkun Olam Jewish learning. It translates as “to repair the world. Jews believe that they can repair the world by doing good things, helping the less fortunate and striving toward living a more fulfilling life, since Judaism stresses on the importance of this life, rather than the afterlife. And what better way to make the world and life better – than some humor? Jewish people believe they are the “Chosen ones” who are put on earth to make it a better place. Judaism doesn’t involve the aggressive conversion, and in fact if someone is willing to convert to Judaism there is a very strict policy of three refusals and a number of other requirements before the process of conversion can begin. This factor makes the Jewish community tighter, and no doubt requires some humor to cope with.

In fact, the latter is another possible reason for the strong presence of Jews in US comedy. The fact that the community is very much smaller than the overwhelming Christian community in America has made them stick with each other and to try to politely refuse all invitations to join the mass American religion and be like the Christian Americans. Relenting to humor is a good way to deal with this overwhelming difference in the traditions, holidays, food and other parts of the Jewish life.

Also, if you have noticed the Jewish comic artists most commonly rely on the excessive talking, and excessive talking is in many cases caused by nervousness. Living as a tiny minority which is so different than the majority of people around you can definitely cause this kind of nervousness.

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