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And how does one stand in a Memorial Ceremony?
Erect or bent, rigid like a tent or limp as in mourning,
head humbled like the guilty or raised in defiance against death,
eyes wild or frozen like the eyes of the dead,
or shut, to view the stars within?
"Open Closed Open" by Yehudah Amichai
The period leading up to the elections in Israel will occur between Chanukkah and shortly after Purim. I cannot help thinking about the symbolism in this juxtaposition. The story of Chanukkah together with the celebratory songs composed in Israel so speak to the story of the creation of the State.+ READ MORE
Having lived in the US for four years on Shlichut and then being back in Israel for six years, I had forgotten what it feels like here when “secular” holidays roll around. Christmas and Easter are pretty clear cut, they “don’t belong to us”. Valentine’s Day and Halloween sort of do, but then there is that tension…do we do it? Don’t we? Do we but feel funny about it?+ READ MORE
Not long after I made aliyah, I was staffing a trip in the North of Israel. I got to my hotel room after a long day of hiking, and relaxed in front of the TV. The idea was to totally switch off, and yet from a random commercial, I was suddenly very "on". I had one of those "ah ha, only in Israel moments". What was so special about the commercial?+ READ MORE