'Tis the season! Almost.

I know, I know. It's nowhere near soup season yet. But both of us were feeling run down this week, and I've been craving my vegetable soup since Sunday.So, like Christmas shopping in October, here's to starting the season early:

Not yet back to school.

TRINITY COLLEGE LIBRARY DUBLIN Sorry. But that's a library.I've been feeling let down by Bar Ilan lately. I guess I always thought the people who attended and sneer about it were just being patriotically negative, like so many of us are about our hometowns or schools.But I'm feeling like the professors don't even pretend to... Continue Reading →


After working for an hour and a half on my assignment covering ethnocultural tension, multicultural citizenship, contact hypothesis and sustained dialogue, I left the office and waited for my ghetto bus with everyone else. There I was, holding my English newspaper, feeling 10,000 miles away from the group of teen Ethiopians sing songing next to... Continue Reading →

No, we don't eat that.

Ha.The more I am religious on my own terms, the more comfortable I am with it.I used to be deathly afraid of having to explain my weird religion to people. I should say, my weird religious practices."So how come you can't eat here?""It's... not kosher.""But it's bagels!""So why can't you come out Friday night?""It's the... Continue Reading →

How to kill… an Infidel.

Just when I thought there was nothing to ponder today:Online guide: Killing 'infidels' Islamic website offers tips on killing foreigners in Saudi Arabia, tells potential attackers murdering foreigners easier than they think ...The document details several possible ways to kill western victims and provides tips on selecting them, following them, and finally murdering them. The... Continue Reading →

Israel ops: Livnot U'Lehibanot.

I've been trying to help my brother find his volunteering niche for his stay here in Israel, and the latest idea has been the Israel-volunteer organization, Livnot U'Lehibanot. Here there are two centers, one in Jerusalem and one in Tzfat, and since we're seeking something that involves handiwork and building, Sfat seems like the place... Continue Reading →

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