Listen Closely. Love Is in the Air

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Traditional way to celebrate Tu B’av

Dateline Jerusalem — The Festival of Love was celebrated in Israel this week. The minor religious holiday of Tu B’Av, the 15th of the month of Av, often is likened to the pagan holiday of Valentine’s Day. In reality, it is very different. It began one thousand years before St. Valentine or Sadie Hawkins days ever existed, and is called … Read More

Look to the Skies for a Miracle

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Israel’s Adir

Dateline Jerusalem – “Adir, Adir, Adir,” shop owners and customers cried out enthusiastically as they ran outside to watch the glorious Israeli Adir F-35I stealth fighter. The jet was flying low in the clear blue skies above us in an area just outside my city. I actually got goose bumps on my arms as the jet whizzed by and seemed … Read More

Cooking Favorite Foods Inside Israeli Melting Pot

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Dateline Jerusalem — Israel is the quintessential melting pot.  My small city of 150,000 is comprised of 70 nationalities, resulting in a gathering of different cultures, traditions, customs, religions, languages, and food. Although keeping their distinctive identities, they blend into a cohesive “Israeli” community.  Therefore, living in Israel is like going on a tour of the world without the hassle … Read More

A Whole Lot of Shaking Going on

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Dateline Jerusalem — I often compare Israel to California.  Israel is so small that it can fit into California 19 times. Weather, climate, topography, flora and fauna are similar.  If I want to know what the weather will be like in Israel next week, I call my friends and relatives in California for their weather this week.  Joshua trees are … Read More

These Disasters Cannot Be Coincidences

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What remains of the Holy Temple

Dateline Jerusalem — This week begins the Three Weeks. This is a time of mourning for all the catastrophic events that have continually occurred throughout Jewish history during this period on the calendar, between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av (Tisha B’Av). Danger and tragedy seem to be the themes. The walls of Jerusalem were breached on the … Read More

Spending a Day Eye-shopping in Tel Aviv

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Among favorites, which building do you (and the building) lean toward?

Dateline Tel Aviv — No wonder Tel Aviv is ranked as the ultimate vacation destination.  Known as the city that never sleeps, it often is compared to Las Vegas – 24-hour entertainment, clubs, bars, restaurants, all-night partying. It also is a city of museums, the world- renowned Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, an opera house, live theatre, and various cultural activities. Tel … Read More

Ten Years Later, Look at Me

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Dateline Jerusalem — Happy anniversary to me!  Mazal tov and congratulations for this week marks my 10th aliyah anniversary as an immigrant to Israel.  It is hard to believe that 10 years ago I packed my bags and left family and friends to begin a new life in Israel.  “Aliyah” means ascent or going up. Usually it is referred to … Read More

Who Would Believe This Absurdity

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Dateline Jerusalem – Absurdity is defined as the quality or state of being ridiculous or wildly unreasonable. The definition  should include “United Nations,” “Palestinians,” and “European Union.” Who else could advocate so many preposterous, ludicrous propositions as Israeli occupation is the cause of Palestinians beating their wives, Israelis are racists because Israeli soldiers do not rape Palestinian women, and Israel … Read More

What More Does My City Need?

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Rehovot

Dateline Jerusalem — Rehovot, the city where I reside, is known as the City of Citrus, Culture and Science, its symbols being an orange, book and microscope. Also known as an academic city because it boasts the Weizmann Institute of Science, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s (Israel’s Harvard) only campus outside of Jerusalem, Hebrew U’s Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Hebrew … Read More

Why Water Is Israel’s Most Critical Product

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In Tiberias and everywhere else, the accent is on water

Dateline Jerusalem — Israel is an arid country, only 2 percent of it being water. Lake Kinneret, so ancient it dates to biblical times, is also known as the Sea of Galilee. The city of Tiberias, below sea level, sits along its shoreline. The Kinneret is the largest freshwater lake in Israel and the lowest freshwater lake on earth, \650 … Read More