Not quite back to normal

Not quite back to normal

  Marcia and I only recently began to reengage with ordinary life here in Israel, roughly two years after this country began its experiment with Covid-19, its new and highly-regarded therapies and its legion of mutated cousins, the bugs, you’ll remember, that...
Ties Between Morocco and Israel Run Much Deeper than Recent Accords

Ties Between Morocco and Israel Run Much Deeper than Recent Accords

A toothless old Berber sits in the shade of a small tree at the edge of Agouim, a tiny village 45 miles south of Marrakesh, and speaks of a singular morning in 1948 when he, as a child, helped his Jewish neighbors abandon their homes in Morocco for Israel. “I helped...
Next year in Sharm el Sheikh

Next year in Sharm el Sheikh

Tourism along the Sinai Peninsula’s Gulf of Aqaba coastline has staged a post-COVID revival of sorts thanks in large part to hordes of Israeli Jews headed in the (historically) wrong direction. This Passover, for example, roughly 3,500 years after leaving en masse,...
The Russo-Ukrainian war and the lessons of Purim

The Russo-Ukrainian war and the lessons of Purim

These seem to be the days of Vladimir Putin, the president who presides over Russia, a federation spanning parts of Europe and Asia across eleven time zones, the ninth-most populous country on earth, and Kyiv, Ukraine home to over 145 million diverse souls. Romania...
The geometric nature of Israeli traffic

The geometric nature of Israeli traffic

  Whoever oversees such things in our part of Jerusalem recently began demolition of two iconic traffic circles in our neighborhood. Iconic in the sense that nearly everyone who lives in the area has risked his or her life on them. The circles connect to each...