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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…

Hey, did you happen to know that I’m a sports fan? No, really! Thank G-d for the internet; I don’t know how I survived for 9 months here after high school without sports. Oh yeah, my mom mailed me the sports page so I could...

Having picked up and moved to a new state three times (Georgia, New York, and the State of Israel), I am often described by my father as a risk-taker. However, no one should confuse me with Evil Knievel or any other daredevils. I got scared...

A few weeks ago, my friend Rani invited me out for coffee to meet his neighbor. Apparently, he discovered that a non-Jewish journalist named Kathrin from Germany is living next door to him while on assignment. “She has a blog...

Well, my loyal readers, I’m back, spending my Shabbat catching up. Quick: what are the official languages of Israel? Give up? Hebrew and Arabic. So what does it really mean to be an official language? Not that I can speak from experience (as I’ve never been an...

Here is a list of just a few of the benefits provided to me by the Misrad Klitah, Ministry of Absorption, as an oleh chadash (new immigrant): Free health insurance for 5 months Free Ulpan (Hebrew class) within my 18 months Free falafel for my first 40 years While...

You want a record that will never be broken? I JUST WATCHED ANOTHER SEASON OF “24” IN 36 HOURS. Some people are put on this earth for a reason. Theodore Herzl? To found modern political Zionism. MLK? To lead the American civil rights movement. Me? To...

That’s the stereotype of the stereotype that the world has of Israel. I don’t know if that’s really what people think but those in the world of Jewish education always stress the need to show American Jewish teens that there’s more than just camels....

At the current point of Jewish history, people talk about the Jewish world being elliptical with two foci, or main points, Israel and America. Israel too has two geographical foci which arguably hold greater significance than others, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Most American...

Hello, my loyal readers: I’M BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!!! I told you I had lots to write about. The first person to comment below explaining the meaning of Hoshanna Raba, Chol Ha’moed, and Shemini Atzeret gets a falafel ball dedicated in their honor (three seconds before I eat...

Let’s review some famous questions in history: 1) Why did the chicken cross the road? 2) Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near? 3) Shalom, Benji...