My necklace makes me happy today. Life is complicated and there are so many reasons not to be happy; or maybe I should say there are so many reasons to be frazzled, worried, confused, upset or tired. I try to find little things throughout the day that perk me up and make me smile. And… Read More The Happiness of a Simple Necklace
There are “only in Israel” moments and then there are “you’ve got to be freakin’ kidding me only in Israel” moments. Yesterday was one of the later. My 18 year old is amazingly energetic and creative when it comes to his activities and his transportation. With snow on the way last week in Israel, he… Read More Not Your Typical Ski Day
Life in Israel frequently cracks me up. It’s such a small country and you end up having interactions that weave people and places together in unexpected ways. We don’t have centralized heating in the house; rather, we have small air conditioning/heating units in each of the bedrooms. Two of these units (which are connected with… Read More A Victory with Victor
My two oldest sons have been living out the story of the modern Jewish experience this summer. Matan, who just graduated from high school in Sussya, headed to the Ukraine, Poland and the Czech Republic on a trip about our shared past, our memories and our pain. He traveled with a group of 50 students… Read More Past, Present and Future
When people talk about the Start-Up Nation, they are typically referring to the popular 2009 book by Dan Senor and Saul Singer that examines how one little nation has managed to be at the forefront of so much economic and technological progress. It’s a book about the professional community and about how Israel’s make-up, including… Read More A New Start-Up Nation
It all started at the doctor’s office. After my oldest was complaining for months that his foot hurt, the doctor handed him a referral for orthopedic inserts. “Um, but where do I get them?” I said to the doctor. Looking at me like I was crazy, he said, “I don’t know. You have to speak… Read More Pango You Glad to See Me?!
I’m always looking for interesting and meaningful places to go in Israel, either with my kids or with family when they visit. I’ve known about Susan’s House for years, but I hadn’t found the time to visit until now. Before Amichai’s bar mitzvah, with a few family members in town, we finally made our way… Read More From Susan’s House to Yours
This article first appeared on the Nefesh B’Nefesh website where I was honored to share these ideas. Every year Lech Lecha gets me thinking. It is, after all, our life story. Anyone who has made Aliyah can relate to Avraham being told by Hashem to leave everything he’s ever known and to go to the Land… Read More Lech Lecha Is….
“If someone told you a year ago that you’d both be here about to get acupuncture, would you have ever believed them?” “Beth,” I began, “I can beat that. If someone said 20 years ago that I’d be living in Israel and raising six kids…My life seems to be filled with actions and outcomes that… Read More In Sickness & In Health
I’ve read many accounts of the Six Day War, as I’m sure many of you have, but I’ve never read a first- person account – until now. Rabbi Emanuel Feldman’s 50th anniversary edition of his book, The 28th of Iyar, is an excellent addition to the canon of literature about this pivotal moment in history.… Read More A Snapshot Into History