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From the day he made aliyah, Benji has been one of the most popular English-speaking writers in Israel, first blogging about his experiences at WhatWarZone.com (RIP to that address). Ulpan, the job search, and just settling in, it’s all here…

On August 9th/10th, 2006, I did the craziest, boldest, scariest, and most exciting thing I have ever done: move to Israel. Where have the last five years gone? I have been anticipating this day for some time now and I knew I'd have to mark it...

We've already discussed the Israeli postal service's amazing ability to deliver poorly addressed mail in this tiny country.  And we've looked at some of the many ways my name is butchered ("Ben-Gay", anyone?) Apparently somebody is testing the mailman. With my five-year aliyah anniversary just days...

Ahlo, my friends, and welcome to Dudu's House of Smarts!  I am Dudu (barur!) and I weel be your host today. Ez always, I will share weeth you smarts from my personal experience.  Theengs I hev learned over time from deh army, life, and ehhhhhhhhh...

Argh. It's not yet 7 AM and I'm awake.  I was also awake before 6 AM which is probably a result of being asleep by 10 PM.  If I had milk for my coffee, I might feel differently right now but both makolot (convenience stores)...

Day #4 of my Fa-cation.  I feel a little like Morgan Spurlock but without all the weight gain.  What's a guy to do when he's not posting silly, impulsive statuses on Facebook?  Well, truth be told, pretty much the same stuff he does every other...

I'm into Day 3 of my Fa-cation; while I started Sunday, we're coming up on around 48 hours of trying to save my thoughts for long-form blog expression. I have yet to experience any kind of withdrawal symptoms which can only be a good thing,...

Once upon a time, there was some dumb oleh named Benji.  He started a blog.  A lot of people read it.  It was possibly the thing he was most proud of in his life.  Good times were had by all.  Then he started posting on...

Hello, my loyal readers!  Are you excited for July 4th, American Independence Day?  Or as England calls it, "the nakba."  I'm keeping two days myself; does anyone know a good egalitarian minyan with a mechitzah and hamburgers?  Just remember the important historical lesson here:  no...

"Dudu!  Dudu!" "Mah, achi?" "I jahst hed a great idea!" "Falafel eem cheeps?" "Better." "Cigaria eem kafe?" "Nu!" "Throweeng eh pres-ehdential cohn-fehr-ence and speh-leeng eh VIP's name wrohng." "DAT EEZ BRELLIANT! Who?  Who?  Deh guy in deh kiosk who puts deh Beitar Yerushalayim game on his TV?" "Beegger." "Ehh, ehh, deh guy who puts the...