Our First Shabbat Home

We gather around the Shabbat candles. My fourteen-year-old daughter holds T, who’s almost four. I motion for her to take one step back. I’m worried that T is still too close. I light [...]

After the Fall

In years zero to 12 of expat life, I curated a series of standard quips in response to locals questions about what it is like to live here. A typical conversation would run something like [...]

Hong Kong and Israel have much in common

I took my children to Admiralty to the scene of the Occupy Central protests to teach them lessons about passion and persistence. I admired the incredible spirit, civility and intelligence of the protesters, but one [...]

Sorry to the Israeli Holding My Camera

I give my earnest apologies to the Israeli holding my camera. When it comes to Israel, I may have misspoken. Each time I come to Israel, some conversations have a certain recurrence, as regular as [...]

France Flashback

Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, my flippant response to questions about my safety in Israel was, “I am far safer here than I would be in Paris. Last night it was announced that [...]

Get Your Holiday BOOKED

As a word of warning, this article is extremely biased and opinionated. As a general rule, I won’t read anything with the words princess or popular in the title (with the exception, of course, of [...]

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