Off-Topic: I’m Going to Be Published!!

A while ago I submitted a short piece to the Philadelphia Inquirer about spending Christmas in Bethlehem. I realize it’s a bit preemptive to announce this, because I haven’t submitted the release forms yet but I’m so excited, I can’t wait.  I am going to be a published author! Jo March would be so proud 🙂 Click…

Growing Up

One day when I was in Israel and the war was going on, my friend Sarah told me of a friend she had had in the army. Her friend had said to her once,  “Why am I here? Why am I learning about guns and military operations? I should be learning art, romance, opera, love.”I…

Not A Day Goes By That I Don’t Think of Be’er Sheva, Israel

        I read the news much more now than I did a year and three days ago, when I said farewell to John F Kennedy Airport and the Western Hemisphere and took off, unwittingly, to Asia: the Middle-East, to be technical, Israel, to be precise, Be’er Sheva, this random little desert city,…

First Thoughts State-Side

Readjusting was not something I had considered. I became so busy in Israel, with studies and papers and travel, that I postponed my flight ten extra days so I could squeeze in two more trips and squeeze out three more papers. I succeeded, by the skin of my teeth, and to the detriment of my…

Thunder Sounds A Lot Like a Rocket Exploding!!

I thought this to myself as I woke this morning in Be’er Sheva, after fleeing to Tel Aviv exactly a week ago from heavy rocket fire, which came from the terrorist group Hamas operating out of the Gaza strip between Israel proper and Egypt.This morning, I woke up in  my own bed, and I heard…

Picture Highlights So Far

Just so you don’t think I’ve been brooding for a whole month, I wanted to share with you all some long overdue pictures of the breathtaking beauty here in Israel. You can see why everyone wants it!  From Tel Aviv to Be’er Sheva en route from Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv to Ben Gurion…

Jerusalem

I would really love to post all my pictures from Jerusalem, call out some tourist places, and call it a day. But that wouldn’t be accurate.Jerusalem is….Jerusalem. It’s always been Jerusalem, and that word still carries so much weight. Here, here is our challenge: to love all our brothers; even, and especially, those who hate…

The Fig Tree and The Shuk

Two, almost three weeks now in Be’er Sheva and I feel much older. Soon I will have to do adult things like buy laungry detergent and toothpaste…permanent actions that mean I really am here and I really am staying. When I was planning for this trip, I planned for a lot of extraneous circumstances like…