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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…

Thanks for tuning in, loyal readers. As I wrote, work has been crazy. The little monsters (not so little really, no monsters thusfar) arrived from the States and the UK a week and a half ago, ready for fun. Only two...

Don’t lose faith in me, loyal readers (all six of you)! It’s been another crazy week which I hope is leading to the light at the end of the tunnel (downtime). I have lots to blog about including my tiyul (hike) up north, my potential...

In just a few hours, 437ish teenagers will be landing at Ben-Gurion airport to spend the next 9 months living in Israel on Year Course. (insert screaming sound) (resume breathing) We’re all going directly to tiyul (a hike) where I should smell really nice 3 days...

The primary topic of this post was going to be the solidarity “rally” Thursday night in Rabin Square (the plaza in Tel Aviv renamed for Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin after his assassination there at a peace rally). I put the word in quotes because...

Check out this article from ESPN regarding the new Israel Baseball League. Pro baseball is coming to Israel and the games begin next June 22nd. The commissioner is Daniel Kurtzer, the former US ambassador to Israel and Dan Duquette, former GM of the Boston Red...

I have a co-worker named Hilla (pronounced “Hee-LAH”) who I’ll be working pretty closely with this year. We’ve spend a lot of time together the last 2 weeks, including several hours making fun of each other’s language. This morning, she complained that her...

I have to confess something to you. I never saw “The Lion King”. Ok, I feel better. But I remember hearing about the song “Hakuna Matata”, the Disney version of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. Israel has its own version of “chill out” and...

Ok, now I’m just being silly. This last one was unnecessary. But seriously, I’m curious: who’s reading this blog? Has anyone added this to their list of “things to read when bored at work?” I would be very flattered to know I...

How do you have stereotypes about Jewish mothers in a country where everyone is Jewish? Something I learned from my friend Ossy this past year is that here, they’re called “Polish mothers” (eema Polania?), describing the “classic” Jewish mother who lived in Poland a...

As I wrote a couple of weeks back, the work week is different here. Off Fridays, on Sundays. So Thursday night is a big going-out night. Check that-every night is a big-going out night, although I have yet to see it for...