Monthly Archives: December 2011

Festival of Lights

One thing you learn in Jerusalem is how much religious traditions have in common   — like the hopeful practice of lighting candles in this, the darkest season of the year. Tonight is the first night of Hanukah. I walked … Continue reading

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Straggly Christmas

It’s pretty weird being in Israel during Advent. No Christmas trees, ornaments, carols, presents, sales, cookies…In some ways, this is a great relief, especially for us as parents, because we have always tried to buck the materialism of Christmas in … Continue reading

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The green lung

We are lucky enough to live next door to one of the biggest parks in Jerusalem. San Simon park isn’t on any tourist agenda. It’s just a regular place where local Israelis unwind, recreate and do all kinds of bizarre … Continue reading

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Morning on Mount Zion

About once a week, I toss aside routine and spend a day exploring the city as a tourist. Yesterday I wanted to see a new part of the city, so I walked up Mount Zion. I’ve been looking at these … Continue reading

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Geeking Out

Lest my last post make me sound like a materialistic airhead… I am geeking out helping my husband with his Fulbright project. Terence is interviewing middle and high school teachers from all kinds of schools (secular, pluralistic, national religious, ultra-Orthodox, … Continue reading

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Traveling Light

Margaret had a shoe crisis yesterday morning as we struggled to get out the door to school. She was due to perform in a holiday show and we had a suitable dress. But the sparkly party shoes she wore all … Continue reading

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Galilee Thanksgiving

We had the most wonderful trip north over Thanksgiving. So many people had predicted we would love the Galilee, and indeed we did. It felt a little like Northern California in terms of the topography, weather, agriculture and chilled-out vibe. … Continue reading

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