To the Mother Who Asked Me How I Can I Send My Child to Israel (Published in The Times of Israel)

“How can you send your son, and then your daughter in a few months into a hotbed of terror and deadly controversy?” I was stunned. I couldn’t recall asking her opinion when we bumped into each other in the baked Continue reading To the Mother Who Asked Me How I Can I Send My Child to Israel (Published in The Times of Israel)

5 Pervasive Myths Perpetuated Against Israel (Published In The Times of Israel)

The X-Ray tech assigned to the two-minute task of filming my elbow, asked me about the origin of my name, sparking a barrage of questions regarding the Middle East. No, I didn’t ride a camel to a tented schoolhouse in Continue reading 5 Pervasive Myths Perpetuated Against Israel (Published In The Times of Israel)

My Mother’s Return to Germany after 68 Years (Published by The Times of Israel)

My mom was born in Bamberg, Germany on May 20, 1946. Her parents met right after the War. Saba Joe survived Buchenwald and Savta Ella survived forced labor at HASAG Munitions Factory. Savta never spoke about the War, so this Continue reading My Mother’s Return to Germany after 68 Years (Published by The Times of Israel)

Night Will Fall – Never Again (Published by The Times of Israel)

Early Shabbat morning, I watched Night Will Fall, an HBO documentary, which was released in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day.  It depicted excruciating footage of several camps, including Buchenwald, my grandfather’s prison and personal hell-on-earth from January 1945 until liberation. My Continue reading Night Will Fall – Never Again (Published by The Times of Israel)

Jewish Holidays – Diaspora Style (Published by The Times of Israel)

Growing up in Israel, Friday nights and holidays were always spent around my grandmother’s table. In the tiny Jewish nation, family is never too far away and it is understood that holidays are spent together.  In the vastness of America, Continue reading Jewish Holidays – Diaspora Style (Published by The Times of Israel)