Koala update: Fifteen months.

Toddler. Tired. Tantrum. This koala update is brought to you by the letter 'T.' He walk-runs. He reaches tabletops. He knows what he wants and he will damn well tell you. Also, don't bother feeding him. He will feed himself, thankyouverymuch. With a fork. And a spoon. Simultaneously. Language is getting fun. Not only does he... Continue Reading →

Ynet is the authority on Haredi weddings.

Ynet did it again. This isn't the second time I've noticed the blatant anti-religious fervor that an Israeli newspaper is purposely trying to spread. This is the 328975623th time. I used to actually enjoy reading Ynet. It was one of the central papers; sitting somewhere between JPost and Haaretz (in English, anyway). Their credibility has... Continue Reading →

This is who we are.

Part 1: 9:46 pm Me: Lalalala bla bla bla. Friend: Oh, happy anniversary. Me: Oh, shit! It's Tu B'Av! Part 2: 9:50 pm Me: Happy anniversary! I said it first! Huz: Oh, yeah. It hasn't been five years already, has it? Me: It's been four. By the way: We thought the extra bonus to getting... Continue Reading →


For a few years I kept seeing the word 'zumba' in my Facebook feed... Ahhh! Zumba! Just came back from zuuumbaaa!!! I <3 Zumba 4everz!!11!!1 And I've had no freakin clue what everyone has been saying. Last week, I got an email advertising Zumba on Sunday nights right here in cozy little Tzur Hadassah. So... Continue Reading →

Lemonade stand.

Walking in Jerusalem today, on HaPalmach street, I spotted a 6ish year old boy operating... a lemonade stand (!) Did you grow up in the 80s? I remember having 'computer class' in elementary school, which meant playing Lemonade Stand on an Apple II or Commodore 64 for 45 minutes while the teacher read a book. This... Continue Reading →

Reliving Sesame Street.

One of the best re-giftings I've ever gotten was being able to watch Sesame Street all over again, as much as I want, from now until my last kid turns to me and says, "Ma, c'mon, I'm too old for Sesame Street," as he walks out the door for first year of army service.


Koala comes over and yanks off my glasses. "No! Mama is blind, c'mon..." He bends back the left arm with his little fist. The second pair he's ruined in a week. "Oh, c'mon? Why you gotta be so mean?" I go upstairs and get my next spare pair. "Look, Koala! Do you like Mama's ugly... Continue Reading →

Fanning hatred on the 9th of Av.

Can someone explain to me how publishing an article about which Israeli demographic hates which other Israeli demographic is supposed to be appropriate for Tisha B'Av? Why so negative, Ynet? Why stir the pot of hatred and conflict and darkness? As a Jew who studied for years and years about Jewish history, as a student... Continue Reading →

Israel’s real World Cup woes.

I know this is ancient history already, but a friend sent me this video last week and the song was stuck in my head all weekend. It's an Israeli parody of the unofficial World Cup song, Wavin' Flag, by Somalian-born Canadian-rasied hip-hop artist K’naan. The Israeli version laments Israel's failure to get into the World Cup, for... Continue Reading →

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