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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…

My job is part-time. Well, it’s supposed to be part-time although it’s been a real effort to limit my hours. This week, I made a special effort to either go into the office late or leave early. So what is one supposed to do with...

Well, my loyal readers, I have to be honest with you: my creative juices haven’t been flowing the last few days. I haven’t gotten into a normal routine yet in terms of my schedule which sometimes keeps me from writing regularly although I...

The holiday season. In America, we have Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Christian, Jewish, or whatever, things slow down in the office and in general. The phone rings less at work, people are off, school’s out so there’s less traffic. Here,...

I turned the big 32 this week and I’m not going to lie: it feels unquestionably, unequivocally, absolutely, significantly, and completely different from 31. Pop quiz: what do people say here on your birthday? Need more time? No cheating! Do kids still use #2 pencils in 2006? Ok, I’ll...

Ahh, Friday. The weekend. Time to rest, catch up on errands, and yes, my loyal readers, blog. Rosh Hashana was exactly what I needed: two days of relaxation. As I suspected, it was not the chag I was used to from the States. There’s no...

Today is my first birthday as an Israeli. What that means is that my party won’t begin till 9:30 tonight. Any earlier and I’d be a “chnun” (nerd). Longer update later!...

Tonight begins Rosh Hashana, the new year. I’m excited for my first holiday here, for a relaxing break from work, and to “feel” the holiday here. Yesterday at work, the office got together for a “Ramat Koseet”, literally a “raising of the glass”...

Two days after move-in and a long road lies ahead. Dirty floors, not much furniture, and no time to address either. Work is way too busy (a topic I won’t address here), and I was exhausted and in a rotten mood when I...

I guess I should begin with the most interesting news...