Israel: The Fount of Self-Despair and Poverty

I am so depressed. Working in Israel feels futile. If I were in the U.S., I could make twice as much at a minimum-wage job. I'm working at least 50-hour weeks. I'm getting paid about $5 per hour (before taxes). I am stuck on a kibbutz 1.5 hours from the nearest good-sized city, which means … Continue reading Israel: The Fount of Self-Despair and Poverty

Song of the Day – קר שם בחוץ (It’s Cold Out There)

I want to introduce all of you non-Israelis to some Israeli music. Welcome to Israeli Song of the Day! Today's selection is from 1983. It's called "It's Cold Out There," by the singer Rami Kleinstein. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae3MahlYW3s I dive again into your eyes, I press your hand once more. If only your dreams one day would … Continue reading Song of the Day – קר שם בחוץ (It’s Cold Out There)

Hebrew Word of the Day – Haaretz

The Hebrew Word of the Day is a feature on Haaretz, a major Israeli newspaper. It's all written in English (the Hebrew is transliterated), and traces the history of certain Hebrew words. The words picked by journalists Shoshana Kordova and Elon Gilad are unique, interesting, and quite clever. Many of their journeys begin with Jewish linguists … Continue reading Hebrew Word of the Day – Haaretz

Grateful

There's a reason for prayer: to acknowledge the community inherent in solitude. Today is Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. A time to eat sweet things, to reflect upon the fullness of the past year and plan the fullness of the next. And the year is always full. Today is Talia Goldenberg's birthday. 24 years on … Continue reading Grateful