Monthly Archives: April 2012

Nabi Musa

Nabi Musa is way, way out in the Judean desert. The giant mosque rises up improbably in the middle of nowhere. Muslim tradition holds that Moses is buried here, though it seems pretty far from Mount Nebo, where he supposedly … Continue reading

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Yom HaShoah

In Israel, a two-minute siren sounds at 10 a.m. on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Cars immediately stop, even on highways, and drivers get out and stand at attention. Terence and I walked down to Herzog Boulevard, a major thoroughfare … Continue reading

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Tunnel of darkness

Back in the fall of 2005, Terence picked up the phone and heard some old friends jubilantly declare: “it’s official! We have exited the Tunnel of Darkness!” Their children were both in school, sleeping through the night, able to entertain … Continue reading

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The view from here

So I’m going to steal an idea from my sister. Of course, she has a vast readership and posts¬†every day¬†(not to mention working full time. I never fully appreciated that until this year!) whereas I bet it’s mostly a few … Continue reading

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Minority

After a week in London, we returned to the second day of Pesach in Jerusalem. People take the holiday very, very seriously here. Half the shelves in the grocery story are papered over, lest anyone accidentally buy non-kosher for Passover … Continue reading

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Decision making

In Public Administration graduate school, I took a class called “Management Decision Making.” We learned a bunch of systems for making strategic, transparent, data-informed decisions: critical path, cost/benefit, SWOT analysis, etc. It was fun, in a certain geeky way. As … Continue reading

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