Monthly Archives: October 2011

Identity Formation

Here is how it happens. Margaret, age 3, sees another little girl in the park and begins to talk to herself: “What language does that girl speak? Hebrew or Arabic? That’s OK. That’s OK she speak different language.” (This year … Continue reading

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This Old Man

We were at a party last night, talking about Jerusalem with a new friend who loves the city. “But you have to appreciate Jerusalem’s flaws, its brokenness. It’s like falling in love with an old man, and loving his baldness … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur

It is the holiest day of the year in Jerusalem and the city has totally shut down. Cable stations are dark. Nothing is moving on the roads and the airport is closed. It is gloriously sunny and peaceful. Our neighborhood … Continue reading

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Wordless

Here is an embarrassing thing to admit. My Hebrew is non-existent. My Arabic too. Oh, OK: I can speak and understand perhaps five words in Hebrew and three in Arabic, but beyond a tiny number of situations (e.g. saying “toda” … Continue reading

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Petra

Visiting Petra was an incredible experience, one I am so grateful to have had. It made me want to be a painter so I could capture these colors… …a sculptor so I could reproduce these textures ….and a hiker, so … Continue reading

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Risks

Here is a famous story about my father. In the early/mid 1980s, the school Lindsey and I attended required parental permission before students would be allowed to bike without helmets. My father sat down, unfurled his fountain pen and wrote: … Continue reading

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“You are welcome”

That’s what everyone in Jordan seems to say when they meet foreigners, especially if those foreigners are traveling independently and have children. Our trip has got me thinking about hospitality — what it means, how to accept it, how to … Continue reading

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