At the 'חוג בת מצווה' I'm doing with my daughter, tonight's session was focused on Jewish Israeli women heroes of the last century; this follows six weeks focused on even earlier historical Jewish strongwomen. Posters that hung around the room exposed us to some oldies but goodies - Naomi Shemer, Golda Meir, Henrietta Szold -... Continue Reading →
#1 This time was different. I'm not sure why. I guess I am. There's a weight on my chest. For months, for several years. Like I'm sure there is on yours, at least, maybe. I dunked once and felt like I could see myself in the water. That weight was lifted within the liquid mass... Continue Reading →
What a weird twist… to be exploring Jewishness and Israeliness and what this peoplehood means these days when it's appearing more and more difficult to understand the meaning of what’s happening in the world… …during the week we read parshat Lech Lecha. What does it mean to pick up and leave something you know? Swept... Continue Reading →
I've been thinking about local vs global for a while now. I think there's a clear crossover between my midlife crisis (five years and counting?) and this growing sense that the most important thing we can do - as individuals - is pay attention to the local vs the global. There seems to be a... Continue Reading →
Two days ago was Yom Yerushalayim, or Jerusalem Day - the celebration of the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967, where Jews were finally allowed to roam freely in the Old City due to their own sovereignty. It's a day I really only tend to think about in the context of traffic to my former Jerusalem... Continue Reading →
If you're around my age, we never really had the opportunity to read Maus as young kids; at least I didn't, I think it was too new or we were just already so exposed to meeting and being related to Holocaust survivors, it wasn't so necessary. I started it recently; I read the second half... Continue Reading →
I don't know why this notice is any different. They're all exactly the same. .הורים יקרים The joke is that those are the two scariest words in the Hebrew language right now. Dear parents. I'm tired. It's the kind of tired that you feel in your chest, not your head or behind your eyes. It's... Continue Reading →
Warning: I don't have anything brilliant to say. I just have a bunch of feelings bubbling up within the 24 hour countdown to President-elect Biden's inauguration. And I haven't gotten political here for years, and I find these topics so complex and my time so limited I can't express them fully here, so I'd prefer... Continue Reading →
How can we turn the experience of workplace conflict into a productive part of our personal, communal, religious and national selves?
I remember being younger than her and being squished on a bench in the school lunchroom/assembly room, hearing about the Holocaust for the first time.
It's been bizarre, intense, frustrating, and a little bit panicky here in quarantine for 14 days. Especially as it started as soon we landed back in Israel two weeks ago. There was something eery about de-planing into an alternative universe. Aside from the empty airport... there was a somberness to getting in the taxi van,... Continue Reading →