Israeliness,Life

Target practice

When I made aliyah nearly 17 years ago, the army rejected me. I was 34, married with two kids and a job, and too old to be properly trained, I guess. Plus it was at the height of the Russian …

Israeliness,Life

Political puppy

We got a puppy last week. He’s probably the cutest little thing ever, but then I’m biased. Monty, as we’ve named him, kind of fell into our laps (not hard when you’re talking about a Maltese, tiny even when it’s …

Israeliness,Life

Do you like Like?

Ah, that’s such a cute baby picture you’ve posted on Facebook. I’ll go ahead and “like” it. So, what’s her name? “Like.” Yes, I liked her on Facebook. But what are you calling her? “Like.” If it sounds like an …

Israeliness

A post-Independence Day chuckle

Every year, local comedian Benji Lovitt publishes a list of the top things he loves about Israel. This year, in honor of Israel’s birthday, he’s up to 63 reasons, an achievement in itself given that there’s little duplication between this …

Immigrant Moments,Israeliness

At my most Zionist

In our daughter’s 12th grade class yesterday, on the cusp between Memorial and Independence Days, her teacher asked something along the lines of “what was the most Zionist, nationalist moment, for you personally.” Merav was unsure how to answer. Many …

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