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Shiva is an unexpected guide to life

My husband Ray died on June 15, 2015, exactly three years, seven months and six days after he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

From the beginning, we were a team and it became “our” cancer. We discussed everything from chemo and hair loss to how to share difficult news with family and friends. We expanded our vocabulary of love while learning the terminology of clinical trials, side effects and treatment options.

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L’Hitraot, Tel Aviv

So this is it — my final column from Tel Aviv.How do I begin to sum up my experience here? The past two and a half years have been . . . intense.I fell in love with Israel as a 16-year-old, during IST. From the sunrise at Masada and Shabbatot spent relaxing in the green hills of the Golan to covering myself in mud at the Dead Sea, the six-and-a-half weeks I experienced in Israel were nothing short of magical. Singing, dancing, laughing, crying and, ultimately, loving every aspect of this count...
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Elections in Israel

The Israeli elections were held last week. I don’t hold Israeli citizenship, so I was unable to vote. To give a glimpse into the voting process here, I interviewed my friend, an Israeli who moved to the States when he was four years old, grew up in America, and moved back to Israel five years ago.So election day comes, and with it, a full day off work. That’s right, the country shuts down so that people can undertake an activity that requires no more than a few hours’ time, in the worst ca...
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Seek a ‘soulmate’ in Tel Aviv

JDate, Frumster, your nagging mother . . . these are all means through which to meet your Jewish significant other in America. Of course, there’s always synagogue, networking through friends and colleagues, singles mixers and events, or just pure luck (or, as those lucky ones would call it, “fate”) but from what I’ve heard through friends, finding a nice, Jewish boyfriend or girlfriend in the States, in your 20’s, can be quite the feat.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 February 2009 03:49 )

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Abba? Sababa!

One of my first columns discussed women in Israeli society, and in particular, their roles as wives and mothers. Well, I highly doubt that the entire female population of Israel decided to subscribe to Denver’s Intermountain Jewish News, read my little column, and take action against their status in the home, but I will say that something major happened: the daddies came out. That’s right, my friends, there is an epidemic sweeping Tel Aviv and it is absolutely everywhere. It’s on the stree...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 February 2009 06:44 )

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Israel’s justice minister aiming to bring civil law to West Bank Jews, keep Palestinians under military rule

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