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bar ilan conflict management/negotiation what a country

On lacking style… American style.

The (typically quiet) religious Ethiopian Israeli girl in my class was up for talking about her thesis topic and getting suggestions. She began to describe her topic, having to do with religious authorities in Israel discriminating against religious Jewish Ethiopian practices. One student in the class, a (typically argumentative) Ashkenazi secular guy, offered some information […]

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Cheese please.

Take a break from yer hummus and swap it for some cheese; read the following heartwarming story I received in my email today. I guess you could say I have a soft spot for weddings working out against odds. ————- This story comes from Bracha Jaffe in Ra’anana: My husband David called me up a […]

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aliyah rites what a country

NBN does a good thing.

I think a bit of credit is due to Nefesh B’Nefesh; I’m hard on the Anglo aliyah movement, which probably makes no sense, but to their credit, I just received this email and it was well done. Whether you are living in the North or in an area that is not directly affected by the […]

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hiking EXTREME!

Took a small tiyul from Mevasseret to Yerush by foot. On a scale of beginner to expert it was an Israeli beginner level. A couple of hours, mostly flat but very pretty. The goal was the Lifta, a small natural pool, and right before that we stopped and ate at the abandoned Arab houses – […]

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Holy(land) crap.

so a bunch of us janglos were going out for a motzei shabbat romp in town, getting down, and we had a great night between Latin and Hip Hop. we were walking back to Yaffo street through the Russian compound. it was me, S, R, A, E, D, and J. out of nowhere, this drunk […]

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Israeli famousity.

my friend is completing film school about now, and to do so he is completing the movie he wrote and is directing, and when he asked me to volunteer on the set for a day, i said, yeah, cool man.he’s had to fund it on his own, and he managed to get this famous young […]

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israeli pessach seder madness!!!

i’ve found the crazy sephardi israeli family i’ve been dreaming of.introduction: my mother’s cousin’s daughter (my second cousin) made aliyah 20 years ago and married a yemenite/turkish sabra and had 4 kids in mitzpe netufah up north.for pessach, his entire family and their kids came. and me. overwhelming? yes. comic? yes. patriotic? no choice but […]

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on diversity.

a pesach seder in a room filled with people from all over the world singing the words to ‘oseh shalom’ in the same tune, in the same language. 80 voices asking ‘ma nishtana’ in hebrew. i’m sitting with one arm wrapped around the shoulders of a russian girl, and one arm wrapped around the shoulders […]

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israeli malls.

i miss israeli malls. american malls are great. there’s nothing like them. except… portugese malls. british malls… yeah, most malls are the same. israeli malls have a flavor. maybe it’s the shit-quality clothing or the bourekas.