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“It ain’t over till it’s over,” legendary baseball player Yogi Berra once said, and indeed resurfacing in Israel these days are COVID-19 concerns. Following days of fewer new infections and critical cases, Israel began to open up last month, starting with small stores and businesses, then malls.

In a Jewish Agency Facebook video, Natan Sharansky, who was “quarantined” in a Russian prison cell for nine years, lists five tips for surviving the COVID-19 pandemic: 1) this is a war against an invisible enemy, 2) don’t plan as if this will end soon; plan for the next few days or month, 3)…

We are back in our Jerusalem apartment. Transitioning from Cleveland to Jerusalem, and vice versa, is always a source of some anxiety for me. I worry about what to pack, will there be any problems with our flights and what we will find on the other side in the unoccupied home.

Health care in Israel, established under Israel’s 1995 National Health Insurance Law, sets up “the most extensive and successful implementation of regulated (or managed) competition in the world,” according to David Chinitz in a 2017 article in Tablet Magazine.

Every Friday morning, I walk one block from my apartment to our local makolet (literally, the grocery) to buy challot and a newspaper. Two weeks ago, after handing my credit card to Roni, one of the two managers of the makolet, another customer came to the counter to pay for his purchase of …

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We enjoy the Shaon Horef, or Winter Noise, festival in different parts of the city each Monday in February, Jerusalem Cinematheque movies enabling us to “travel” to Europe and Japan, and Zappa Club concerts featuring our favorite Israeli singers, when the weather is cold and rainy, or we are…

In Beresheet 2:15, we read that Adam is placed by Hashem in the Garden of Eden to work it and safeguard it. From this verse has come many an environmental project to reduce, reuse and recycle. As we approached the holiday of Tu b’Shevat here in cold, stormy Jerusalem, Machaneh Yehuda stalls …

In parasha Lech L’Cha, Abraham is told “Go forth,” or as it sometimes translated, “Go for yourself”– from his native land, from his family, to go to a land that he will be shown. To leave all that was familiar and comfortable. As Irv and I turn our attention to our return to Israel at the be…

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Shortly after our marriage and my move from New York to Cleveland, Irv and I became friends with an Israeli couple. They were doctors with a small child and another on the way. I thought the woman was exquisite, looking very Israel. She thought I was such a stylish New Yorker. 

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Just down the block from our Jerusalem apartment is a special place, not only because Lifsa and Rabbi Stanley Schachter (Rabbi Emeritus at B’nai Jeshurun Congregation live there, but also because of its name: the Siegfried Moses parents’ home. Among the serene gardens of a renovated 100-plus…

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Despite threats from Iran and flame-carrying kites from Gaza, Israelis were shopping for meat and accompaniments for their annual Yom Ha’atzmaut barbecues. Spectacular programs came to life, despite politics and divisions that split the country. As one commentator noted, such events can’t ha…