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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-consuming, incessant, in-your-face, around-the-clock, hot topic. From the required debates to the (not so required) SNL spoofs, spin-offs, parodies and commentary, this election seems to have everyone talking (/yelling/laughing/crying/losing sleep).  

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

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Holiday time

As I’m sure many of you know, the chaggim in Israel comprise a very special time. The month or so beginning with Rosh Hashana and ending with Simchat Torah marks a period of vacation for many Israelis, with numerous days off from work, ongoing festivities, and a general sense of relaxation and family time. In the few paragraphs that I have here, I will try to sum up what life in Tel Aviv is like right now, and hopefully, send you all a little taste of the magic that is chaggim in Israel.The en...
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A Tel Aviv Summer

With summer coming to a close in the States, and definitely winding down here in Israel (here, the chaggim seem to mark the end of summer and the beginning of fall), I thought it would be appropriate to write about the nuances, quirks and interesting aspects of a Tel Aviv summer.Summer in Tel Aviv is hot, hot, hot. That being said, a huge beach culture can be found here — weekends are popular beach days, with people rushing out in large groups to hit the sand, sun and surf. Beach time in Tel ...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 October 2008 05:59 )

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Education in Israel

After nearly two years living in Israel, I have formed a pretty solid opinion regarding the educational system here, and unfortunately, my perspective does not represent the most optimistic of understandings.First and foremost, the country does not have the time, effort, nor budget to expend on education. From elementary school through university, Israel’s educational system encounters numerous problems and obstacles, including constant teachers’ strikes (two, month-long strikes in the past ...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 October 2008 05:58 )

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'Laila Lavan'

A few weeks ago, Tel Aviv pulled an all-nighter.Every summer, the municipality of Tel Aviv puts on Laila Lavan (White Night), during which the city is alive with free cultural and artistic activities. The museums stay open until the wee hours, galleries welcome visitors and offer wine and tours, the boulevards are filled with street musicians, artists and various exhibits and performances, movies are screened outside at the park and free concerts are held on the beach. Restaurants also participa...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 October 2008 05:58 )

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