Israeli flag protekzia.

Someone is watching over us. Taking care that we do right by our adopted citizenhood. And that someone... is our mortgage bank representative. She happens to live in Tzur Hadassah, and her home happens to be located at the bottom of the hill our apartment overlooks. And now that she knows exactly where we live... Continue Reading →

Still here.

It confuses me that about one half of myself can't believe we're still here, and can't believe things will continue the way they are - growing, productive, surviving... and the other half of myself thinks, look at the progress! Look at how far we've come, and how far we're poised to go! We build buildings... Continue Reading →

Do Israeli kids ever learn the fire safety lesson?

The answer, sadly, is no. There is an unhealthy Israeli-Jewish obsession with fire in the springtime. It starts today - with Biyur Chametz, the burning of chametz, which is done on erev Pessach. Soon will be Yom Haatzmaut - the national barbecue bonanza, and after that, Lag B'omer, which pretty much celebrates bonfires the way it's done here.... Continue Reading →

New York a no go.

So every time I've had to bail on a work trip before this, it's been baby's fault. Well, my fault, but as a result of the baby's existence. And my dedication to breastfeeding. Now that we're partially weaning and I'm feeling better than I have in months, I was just so looking forward to the... Continue Reading →

Yom Haatzmaut this year.

My flight is on erev Yom Haatmzaut - the eve of Independence Day here in Israel. That is THE day of the year: everyone takes off work, everyone goes to parks, everyone barbecues as much meat as they can, and everyone coughs a lot and experiences stinging eyeballs as the other entire country is crammed... Continue Reading →

It’s flag season in Tel Aviv.

Spent the afternoon walking around Tel Aviv. It was the first time I noticed that the flags are out for flag season, or Yom Haatzmaut, which is going down next Wednesday evening-Thursday. It's Israel's 60th anniversary this time, so it's actually more than just personal flags - storefronts, advertisements and highways are more decorated than... Continue Reading →

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