Coming, going.

In the past four weeks, I've heard about a total of five actual (three)  and potential (two) yeridot - leaving Israel after making aliyah. I'm not necessarily homesick, so the news doesn't really hit me that way. It's more like this this bizarre feeling of, am I doing something wrong? Is there something I don't... Continue Reading →


I think I can say now with certainty that death is different once you've created life. Somehow, unfortunately, I've been to two funerals since Koala was born. One was just a few months after, a year ago; the funeral of a 12-year-old girl. The second was tonight, the funeral of a middle-aged mom. Bodies. When... Continue Reading →

Yeah, this still happens.

I was driving through the entrance of Beitar today. Ahead of me was the shiny white glow of the expansive charedi town, speckled with black movement. Behind me, in my rear view mirror, I could see the remnants of the sun facing Husan, highlighted by the giant minaret cracking the sky. And I thought, what the... Continue Reading →

Adapting to new life.

The Koala isn't the only newbie around here. It's hit me in the last week that I am a new person. It's been a short process (36 hour labor) and a long process (it's about a year since I found out I was pregnant).  But here I am, changed. I'm a mother. I'm a food source.... Continue Reading →

Being a mom.

At this point in my life I've known two too many 12-year-old girls who have fought cancer and lost. The first time I was a kid. This time I'm a mom. Being a mom at a shiva call for a kid makes all the difference. There's something about kids with cancer where they tend to... Continue Reading →

Life in snippets.

Time is going by cliche fast. You hear it and you hear it and then it happens to you. The Koala is nearly four months old. I'm nearly four months not-pregnant. The Koala smiles, laughs, plays. My maternity leave is over and I'm juggling work and baby. I've slowed down with updates here, of course.... Continue Reading →

When it's not a drill.

It was about 10 o'clock and I finally had the boy calm and rocking in my arms, reading superficial feature stories in the cyber New York Times. I was between starting breakfast and finishing breakfast, because Koala really needed to be held. Then I heard The Siren pierce my world outside. For a split second... Continue Reading →

Koala update: ten weeks.

Is there any other example of how much we can change and grow in just a week or two? Do we ever grow and change as rapidly as we do at two months old? A lot's happened in the last month, and I'll try to break it down. We're inching closer to doubling the Koala's... Continue Reading →

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