Homeland insecurity: An expat on the labor of love and land
An expat is neither here nor there, not completely. An expat has their heart in two places. An expat has passports updated, ready. An expat’s fomo is just another part of the gig. United States of America: I don’t know if it’s an apology I owe. It’s an acknowledgment, at least. Over the last five years […]
For only ₪10.90: Sexism + newborn onesies!
What do you get when you combine a ₪10.90 clothing bin with a reliable dose of modern society? Classic sexism, in newborn flavor! Here are just a few of the options I noticed at a clothing shop yesterday: 1. Money money money. And Daddy. Nothing is more classic and sexist and just plain gross than “Daddy, […]
Questions I answer for my kids on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
“Those bad guys… ummm… what are they called again?” “Nazis.”
Next year in… your country.
Something really extraordinary happened at work today. In startup world. In the center of Jerusalem. We had the pre-Passover הרמת כוסית, or company holiday toast. Our CEO spoke a few words, leading to how blown away he is by how the company is growing, both in team… and in the number of pregnant women. Then […]
The pregnant working mother perseveres in the face of conf–erence.
A little while ago, I was approached to speak at a marketing conference for end-of-February in the new Hub Etzion shared workspace. I was in the middle of other conference insanity, but January Liz was all like, shrug whatevs let’s do it so I agreed. Knowing fully that in another month I’d be presenting a […]
Expat life: Eleven years.
As of today I have spent a third of my life living as an expat, having made the choice to leave what I knew and start over somewhere else, with specific goals and ideology fueling the decision. And 11 years later I really don’t have much to complain about, which I appreciate is incredibly fortunate. […]
On rocks, Arabs, talking it out, conflict, and more rocks.
This, an hour after listening to the recent This American Life podcast on the way home from work; the one titled, #570: The Night in Question, the one about the Rabin assassination and associated conspiracy theories. “Listen, I want to talk to you about some stuff. Do your friends talk about Arabs in school?” “[My […]
Best 6th birthday party idea ever: Go take a hike!
We brought you superhero explorers… we brought you dinosaur adventures… this year, it was a birthday party on a hike. And this was by far the easiest and best and most all-around enjoyable birthday party that we’ve done so far. We are fortunate to live within a nature area, and in our town itself, right […]
Visiting and storytelling at Har Herzl on Israel’s Memorial Day
A colleague who visits children of friends and neighbors, acquaintances and others at Har Herzl every year invited some of us to join him today on Israeli Memorial Day. I had never been there on Yom HaZicaron itself, so the experience was new. There’s a lot to see and hear. High school students. Scouts. Foreign […]
No better Israel education than the one from your sabra kids
Things I love about Independence Day season in Israel: Every year – without fail – I manage to learn something new from my kids. This morning, all dressed up for the gan celebration, on the way to the car, my gan-aged kids broke out into song together. I asked them to teach it to me. […]
Local Holocaust remembrance in 2015 and beyond
Since becoming a mom, everything has gotten harder to swallow. I don’t read the news as much. Especially local evening news from New York. I can’t stomach certain facts of life. And I’ve distanced myself from my cultural ties with Holocaust education and remembrance. Which is getting easier to do – less voices, more distance […]
A day in the life
7:50 Find out about the breaking news from a friend on Whatsapp 8:05 Make sure to give huz and kid #3 a solid goodbye 8:10 Have sinking feeling about letting your kids go for the day 9:45 Pick up kid #2 for speech therapy, feel excited because it’s bonus kid time 10:45 Drop kid #2 off at gan […]