Category Archives: Israel

Bonfires

Across the valley a bonfire three story’s high flickered up into the smoky black sky. Me, Doron (a friend of mine who lives next door) and two other kids sat around a smaller version, talking about nothing in general. Just … Continue reading

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BUGS ATTACK!

“The ants go marching one by one, Hurrah! Hurrah! The ants go marching one by one, Hurrah! Hurrah!” Mom sings as she empties and bleaches the cupboard for the hundredth and first time. Ants are everywhere! Little piles of them … Continue reading

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The Wailing Wall

Mom and I went to the wailing wall or the Western Wall or the Kotel (however you like to call it). I walked up to the wall and saw many people weeping, wailing, praying, kissing it, writing prayers down on … Continue reading

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Purim on Ben Yehuda, Jerusalem

Darth Vader mysteriously walks down Ben Yehuda Street. Jewish hippies with huge afros laugh at each others wigs and tie-dyed mohawks. It is Purim, a holiday that celebrates when the Jewish people where rescued from a guy named Haman who … Continue reading

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Soccer in Israel

Playing soccer with Jews is much different then playing with Spaniards. The Jews actually tried to help each other, were careful not to foul each other, and well, (I hope I don’t seem rude) were much nicer than the young … Continue reading

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Did we play soccer with those kids that were murdered?

On March 6, 2008, dozens of teenagers were studying in their school library in Jerusalem. Some were planning a celebration of Purim, the festival initiated in the book of Esther. Suddenly, a 25 year old Arab burst in spraying bullets … Continue reading

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Banjo brings a temporary smile

This is a picture of one of the Iraqi boys who had heart surgery recently in Israel and in now ready to head back to Iraq. He lives near the Iran border and speaks Kurdish instead of Arabic. Despite the … Continue reading

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Repairing a heart from Gaza

This past Sunday, the director of “Shevet Achim” (www.shevet.org) invited me to travel with him to the main Gaza crossing to pick up a child with heart condition for surgery in Israel. On the drive from Jerusalem to the Erez … Continue reading

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