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Not Your Normal Shopping Carts

November 16, 2012, by

I’m at the grocery store trying to buy food for Shabbat. Trying, because half the check out counters are empty. Many of the checkout people didn’t show up. Usually its packed with people, but not tonight. All of the other stores in the strip mall are closed; only Rami Levi is open. After all, war

An 18th Birthday

November 16, 2012, by

Yesterday was my youngest daughter’s 18th birthday. All she had asked for was for the family to join her in watching a movie with popcorn, a simple enough celebration. My middle son works in Netivot, so he wasn’t present. We spent a fair amount of the early part of the day huddled together in our

Shabat Challot

November 16, 2012, by

As usual, I was at the super picking our weekly Shabat Challot. But this was no ordinary erev Shabat. A number of people also came into the store but they were dressed not in their Shabat finery but in their Tzahal uniforms. It was clear where they were heading. Some I knew from the ‘hood,

My Son is Israel

November 16, 2012, by

I just returned from Israel last week and may have been standing in the exact same spot as a rocket that struck in Sdorot. I was visiting newly arrived Ethiopian olim in their new absorption center. So many children..they were playing volleyball and practicing their hebrew. I took videos of them on my iphone and

Entering a War Zone

November 16, 2012, by

My friend was en route to Israel as these events transpired. She flew into a war zone without even realizing it…