I went to see Panic! at the Disco and Plain White T’s in concert tonight as part of my college’s springfest. I feel like I’ve made up for some of the concerts I missed seeing as a teen. Now, like practically everyone else of my generation I can say that I’ve seen these two bands which were massively popular during our early teen years in concert. Both gave really amazing performances too. And the lead for Panic! at the Disco took his shirt off at one point, as well as doing a back flip, and it was just all kinds of amazing. Plus, they sung my favorite song by them, Nicotine, so that made me happy.

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oh well, at least zayn looked good

-ancient one direction proverb

Oh whoops, I’ve just fallen in love with the musician Hozier. Everything from his voice to his song lyrics are just spectacular and exactly what I needed in my life right now.

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A couple of new items. These are Hamsas. They’re middle eastern amulets that span cultures in the region. They’re incredibly ancient symbols that date back to ancient mesopotamia. They’ve been adopted by every culture and religion spanning the Arabian Peninsula to the tip of Gibraltar. They are said to ward off the evil eye, but have a deep set of symbolism attached to them.

My design maintains the open palm motif, but it’s an update on the traditional designs you often see. I included the city of Jerusalem on the tips of the fingers and some of the important crops found in the middle east, such as wheat, pomegranates and date palms. I created two versions. One with the Magen David — the Star of David and national symbol of Israel — and one with a dove symbolizing peace.

Because of their relatively small size (just under 7” tall”) and the fact that they’re just one layer of paper, I priced them to be very affordable. And free shipping! You can find them in my etsy shop at www.papercutsbyoren.etsy.com.

"What a nuisance hearts are, and yet without them life would hardly be worth while!"
— Eleanor Roosevelt in a letter to a friend dated February 20, 1935

Sing Me Your Assimilation Sorrows (and Rejoice)


In the month between Purim and Passover this year, I have been struck by a poignant and powerful connection between Esther and Moses — they are both hesitant, assimilated saviors, pushed by circumstance and threat to speak up for a community they each left long ago.

Moses, who is raised in the…