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My Celebration of Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) 5775

May 18, 2015
My Celebration of Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) 5775

Jerusalem has been fought over for the last 3,000 years. Every few hundred years some other group comes along and raises their flag and makes their architectural mark. Then some other group comes along and takes it away. Over the last 3,000 years this city has been ruled by Judeans, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Hasmoneans,...
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Women of the Wall, Fighting for the Torah

April 20, 2015
Women of the Wall, Fighting for the Torah

When we made aliyah (moved to Israel) eight years ago, I wasn’t expecting to be involved in a civil rights battle. Human rights yes, but civil rights? It’s greatly ironic, but I find myself in Israel fighting for religious freedom – for Jews of all things. It is indeed a crazy world we live...
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Don’t be Pharaoh

April 3, 2015
Don’t be Pharaoh

First published by the Jerusalem Post on April 3, 2015. This week Jews all over the world celebrate Passover — the celebration of our liberation from oppression in Egypt. One of the central messages of the holiday is, “don’t become an oppressor yourself.” The Torah commands us, “do not wrong or oppress the stranger,...
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Israel Trail Day 52 (Final Day) Netafim to Eilat

January 1, 2015
Israel Trail Day 52 (Final Day) Netafim to Eilat

December 25, 2014 Wikiloc Map: Netafim to Eilat Distance: 18.1 km Total distance since Tel Dan: 1127km (699 miles) This was my final day on the Israel Trail. I kept finding it hard to believe that I was actually finishing. The trail has been such a big part of my life for the last...
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Israel Trail Days 49 and 50 Shaharut to Be’er Ora

December 6, 2014
Israel Trail Days 49 and 50 Shaharut to Be’er Ora

November 6 and 7, 2014 Wikiloc Maps: Shaharut to Timna, Timna to Be’er Ora Distance: 44.6 km Total distance since Tel Dan: 1077km (667 miles) I’m getting so close to the finish I can taste it. After these two days I’m now down to two days on the trail to reach the finish at...
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Israel: The Country I Love, Driving Me Crazy

November 28, 2014
Israel: The Country I Love, Driving Me Crazy

My brother and sister have both told me in the last few days that their friends who know I’m living in Israel have asked how we’re doing. They read about the terror attacks, etc., and are worried about our physical safety. Physical safety is pretty low on the list of things I’m worried about...
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