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 →
Me? I'm slow to anger. Usually. When bad things are on their way, I tend to peek around the corner to find the good somewhere. And then as I pass around the corner, it hits me like a ton of... Bibis winning an election on a platform of fear. Unlike me, usually, I was pretty... Continue Reading →
It turns out, when you're reading everything with a grain of salt, you end up absorbing some pretty bad-tasting discomfort.
Two clown princes after my heart. What's a citizen abroad to do? Until I decide how to cast my (let's face it) totally symbolic vote, I'm going to fantasize about all the names I may write in. Week 39: Inanimate In-animate: Me, when posed with this question. Alternatively, the options fail to animate, move or... Continue Reading →
Obviously: Faith healer wants top Kadima slot [Times of Israel] Oren Zarif claims he secured Mofaz’s victory for him through supernatural intervention A popular psychokinetic mystic has demanded that the newly installed head of Kadima make him his right hand man, Israel National News reported. In a letter to MK Shaul Mofaz, Oren Zarif insisted that... Continue Reading →
In the last three years, give or take, I've gotten married, visited my husband's home country located across the world, moved to the suburbs, got pregnant, completed the coursework for my Masters degree, gave birth to a son, grown three years older, three years wiser and three years happier. What have you done in the... Continue Reading →
Aww. Google Israel got all cute and created an election day logo for the search engine's Israeli homepage: Of course, that's nothing like how our Israeli kalpi (polling) stations actually look; we get a blue tray of paper ballots behind a giant blue oak tag (à la 8th grade science project) and cardboard blue boxes to... Continue Reading →
I'm sitting in my office, listening as every single person who leaves for the day calls out in the hallway: "Happy voting!" "אל תשכח להצביע מחר" "!ללכת לקלפי, להצביע ולהשפיע" "Vote wisely!" At lunch, I walked past a lively discussion on the strategy of voting and throughout the day have been pepper-sprayed with water cooler... Continue Reading →
It's a day for democracy everywhere, isn't it? I know what you think I mean, but actually I'm talking about the Matte Yehuda Regional Council and Tzur Hadassah local council elections held today. Who knew that such a little town could make such a big deal out of its leadership? Apparently Tzur Hadassah is the... Continue Reading →
Here's something new and different: Israeli television channel ערוץ 2 and YouTube seem to have teamed up to bring us (Hebrew) coverage of the 2009 Knesset elections campaigns. The campaigns have begun, although they're obviously not as exciting or inspiring as the American ones this past year. Fair enough. But it is interesting that the... Continue Reading →
I'm sure someone already realized this and mentioned it... but... I learned today that with Barack Obama in the White House, and Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff, the Americans will be led by... thunder (רעם - Rahm) and lightning (ברק - Barack). Hmm.
Just watched Prime Minister Olmert's impromtu press release (yes, he is still the prime minister). Nothing new, really. He'll quit once the new Kadima leader is voted for and announced. He won't run, but who of us thought he was going to? I will say this: His speech was classily done. The Israeli media has... Continue Reading →