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Life in Tel Aviv

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 country and culture permeated every moment of that trip.

I remember returning to America thinking that Israel was my true home, the place I was meant to be.

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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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Election buzz (or not?)

With the US election days away, I’d like to fill you in on the situation over here regarding commentary and emotions surrounding the election (simultaneously enabling me to field my parents’ incessant questioning and what seems to be burning curiosity about the Israeli discourse on this topic).I certainly don’t need to tell you that it is quite an exciting time to be an American. Through conversations with friends and family back home, I gather that the upcoming election is an all-consumin...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 February 2009 12:19 )

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