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 →
This may be my longest stretch of not writing here. For the sake of breaking that streak, just some quickies. Give me a month to collect some thoughts and come back. Town life If I've changed over the last ten years, it's not at the same pace or degree as my 'village' from what seems... Continue Reading →
We brought you superhero explorers... we brought you dinosaur adventures... this year, it was a birthday party on a hike. And this was by far the easiest and best and most all-around enjoyable birthday party that we've done so far. We are fortunate to live within a nature area, and in our town itself, right... Continue Reading →
Since becoming a mom, everything has gotten harder to swallow. I don't read the news as much. Especially local evening news from New York. I can't stomach certain facts of life. And I've distanced myself from my cultural ties with Holocaust education and remembrance. Which is getting easier to do - less voices, more distance... Continue Reading →
Week 5: Greetings From... Country Town Greetings from Tzur Hadassah, Israel. We're a country town going through some major changes. Learn more about it.
This ain't your mama's yishuv...
So many mixed feelings. We moved here knowing there was no working mikva, and it may or may not get fixed one day. I'd say the same of most of the people who will end up using the now open-to-public-but-still-waiting-on-a-few-details Tzur Hadassah mikva. And it's a pretty diverse but reasonable bunch - I'm guessing mostly... Continue Reading →
Recently, our town added a completely cute new feature to our bus stops: book shelves! I started to read random books to my kids while killing time after gan. What a lovely example. Week 21: Books "A new book smells great. An old book smells even better. An old book smells like ancient Egypt."... Continue Reading →
I'm not one for cheesy Zionism, but with my aliyah anniversary passing a week ago, and Ariel Sharon passing yesterday, and my submission down to the wire at 5:45pm, I decided, why not. This would be the week for that. I had spotted this scene every day and neglected to take a photo until Thursday.... Continue Reading →
The last week teased us with clocks changing, dark skies, stormy clouds and even thunder, but no rain for those of us out in the Judean Hills. We're waiting... Week 44: Sky Potential.
I don't have a lot of access to cities. Shocking, I know. And even though last week I found myself in four different municipalities, I couldn't get my act together to get a good cityscape. So Tzur Hadassah's other half, Har Kitron, will have to do. Week 42: Cityscape A drop of civilization hidden in... Continue Reading →
Universe, if you know how liable I am to get distracted, why would you send low-flying planes buzzing past my window, across the street from my house... for two hours?! First, I was all, go go go WARPLANE! Then I was all, go go go FIREPLANE! Finally, I concluded, it's really probably just go go... Continue Reading →