#ImmigrantParentProblems.

So, for just a minute, humor me. I make an ongoing effort to forget how hard this is. I swallow a lot in order to make the daily grind seem easier. And I try to push away my lucky, amazing, beautiful problems because I know so many people have much worse challenges: poor health... empty... Continue Reading →

Running 101: A 10k for beginners.

10k'd, bitches! Last night I ran my first race, the Jerusalem 10k. The plan was to run up to about 6 (my top so far had been 5.3) and walk the rest, maybe attempting to finish the last kilometer on a run. Instead, I ran the whole thing... whoops. How could you not? It was incredible!... Continue Reading →

Bebe update: Eight months.

I consider this your 'coming out' month. Your debutante ball. In the last few weeks, you have sprouted your first two teeth (the bases of them anyway). Just as we were starting to wonder if you'd be a gummy girl forever. You started standing up, holding onto the table, couch, walker, your brother for support.... Continue Reading →

Letting go.

Into my seventh year of aliyah - living in Israel - I finally, finally, finally have been able to start what every oleh needs to do the second they get here. I've started letting go. Letting go of my pride. Letting go of my mistakes. Letting go of my fear. Maybe it's my bilingual kid.... Continue Reading →

Leg warmers. From Beitar Illit.

I gave it all away in the title. Look, I was heading to the Beitar Illit shopping bonanza to find some funky gifts for a friend's bachelorette - bridal shower. I walked out of one, but did a double-take on the way out when I spotted these: I had to have them. I can't explain... Continue Reading →

The history of Israeli pretzels.

A short history of flat, flavoured pretzels (bagele) in Israel... true story! If you don't understand Hebrew subtitles or (exaggerated?) Yiddish, here's a quick and dirty transcript: The Bagel-Bagel Factory in Poland, 1880 Son: "Father,  mother - I  have an idea! Thin pretzels - in flavours!" Everyone: "What?!" Son: "Yes, with pepper, chedder, spices!" Father:... Continue Reading →

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