Families Under Lockdown

Families Under Lockdown

We are now in the middle of Israel’s 3rd lockdown, which means my kids are home more or less all day, every day. By 9 PM tonight my little kids were yelling at one another again with shrill indignation, and I’d had it. I turned to my oldest, “Hadas, could you pleeease deal with them? […]

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On My Way to Get the Corona Vaccine…

On My Way to Get the Corona Vaccine…

Over 1.5 million Israelis have gotten the Corona vaccine so far, a sixth of the population, #1 in the world. And I’m personally eager to join that growing number, but I’m too young and too healthy (b”H!) to be eligible. So last night I decided to try my luck, and took a bus to the […]

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The Teacher Who Changed My Life (7-Minute Charlie Harary Video)

The Teacher Who Changed My Life (7-Minute Charlie Harary Video)

Charlie Harary was such a troublemaker in high-school, his principal had his mother’s phone number on speed-dial. Here’s the story of the teacher who believed in him and enabled him to become the person he is today. This made me laugh out loud and also moved me deeply.

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Mom’s 3 Kids: The Lawyer, the Professor, and the Housewife

Mom’s 3 Kids: The Lawyer, the Professor, and the Housewife

The day before Mom’s funeral, her rabbi set up a meeting with us to learn more about Mom for the eulogy. And something I found really curious happened. My brother said he credited Mom with his decision to become a civil-rights lawyer, inspired by her determination to make the world a better place, even carrying […]

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When Itzhak Perlman’s Violin String Broke Onstage

When Itzhak Perlman’s Violin String Broke Onstage

The message of this story was the message of my Mom’s life–even after her parents were killed suddenly in a car accident when she was only 25, even after she was diagnosed with MS just a few years later. And it’s also a message for me now that I have to figure out how to […]

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Mrs. Barashi’s Pots

Mrs. Barashi’s Pots

When we moved into our new home 5 years ago, we shared a wall with the Barashis, an elderly Kurdish couple who lived in the house next to our own. Unfortunately, the wife passed away soon after we moved in and the husband died a year ago. For the past year, the house has lain […]

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