Writing

Reconciliation to Save US

Yom Kippur teaches us the process of teshuvah. One element of our repentance is reconciliation. More than making amends for past wrongs, reconciliation demands education, understanding, and caring in the formation of a relationship based upon…

Israel or New Zealand?

If a fascist were to be elected President, would you move to another country? If so, what country would that be? For Jews, the safe choice is assumed to be Israel. Jews around the world are answering similar existential questions. 17,000…

Listen to Me!

Many Israelis and Palestinians are no longer looking for grand solutions to existential problems. Yet, the lack of a “peace process” does not mean that efforts toward peace have been abandoned. Across Israel conversations in more intimate…

A Tale of Just Two Women

Lod is an ancient city with modern problems. Lod was first known to Americans as the location of the main airport. An important perspective of modern Israel is found in Lod, its history and histrionics. Two such perspectives were shared by two…

You look like a movie

I felt special, privileged, and honored, to meet someone whose life story was noted by Hollywood. I met a man named Takele Mekonen whose life story is worthy of a feature film. Takele is a slim, energetic man. His sharp facial features frame…

Unraveling

Today’s goal was to unravel the knotty mess that is Israel. That goal is utterly unrealistic. In Jamaica, they say “Ya Mon”. In Costa Rica, they say “Pura Vida.”  In Israel, they say “it’s complicated.” We began our day exploring…

I’m here, I’m home

Where else can I be six thousand miles from my house and yet be home? Stepping out of Ben Gurion Airport in Israel feels like coming home. The feeling lasts through the tedious arrival process and traffic to Jerusalem. Here I’m both happy…

The Best (Chicken) Soup Ever

ROASTED VEGETABLE BROTH WITH CHICKEN STOCK OPTION Makes at least 12 cups The broth and stock can be refrigerated for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to 6 months. For the option, make sure the rotisserie chicken you use is Peruvian style,…

Five Freedoms for a Fantastic Seder

Five Freedoms for a Fantastic Seder 2022: Tips for a freer and more engaging seder   My earliest memories of Passover Seders are of my grandfather mumbling Hebrew. The only interruption was a child singing the “di fir kashes”…

Borekas!

Savory Borekitas *This recipe makes 16 individual borekitas Required Kitchen Tools Baking paper Rolling pin Baking tray Mixing bowl Measuring cups Measuring spoons Small brush Espresso cup (or similar small-sized…