On Friday, while driving back up the hill from an Ikea run, I found out my kids had been picked up from home by a friend because a forest fire went rogue coming too close to our residential area. By the time I saw the giant smoke cloud rising on the horizon, a text had... Continue Reading →
Very appreciative, very uncharacteristic.
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 →
No winter, an idiot burning trash, a dry forest - Haifa has way too much light this Chanukah. The news has become international that for the last 24 hours 5,000 acres of Haifa (Carmel) is drowning in the worst fire in Israel's history. Israel is great at being prepared for terrorist threat, thorough in airport... Continue Reading →
These days, as you know, I'm a housewife. I'm really not that bored or desperate, as the cliche goes, but I appreciate entertainment when it comes around. Today it came around. For a country built on stones and concrete, I've discussed and seen a few too many fires in my years here. But this one... Continue Reading →
So there we are, my roommate and I, out on the mirpeset for a romantic start-of-the-weekend dinner of shippudim when I look up and see… a fire. “Hey, that wasn’t there before, was it?” Indeed, it was not. And it was growing by the second. It was a fire started in some trees, right outside... Continue Reading →