Year: 2018

Back in the States, Part 2: We Saved the World!

The big trip to the States is rounding the corner and coming up on its end. The excitement of ubiquitous Christmas lights and shopping craziness will soon be behind me until the next time. The second leg of my trip to the States was colored by a handful of interesting experiences. The Street The most […]

Back in the States, Part 1

I’ve been in the States for a few days now, my first time out of Israel in over two years. I just wanted to share some observations, if I may, through the eyes of the (often unnecessarily) overly observant. Israel vs The States: Simple Differences First of all, here are a handful of small differences […]

But My Life’s a Blessing…

Cynic… with Blessings I’m a cynic. A natural born cynic. And frankly, I have more than a few things to be concerned about in this world. I’m watching pieces of my youth disappear. I’m feeling the sting of health complications. I’ve watched pieces of my life fall apart and I’ve felt pain in my heart […]

Desperate Search for Perfect Health

¬† My relationship with health and fitness¬†(and my desperate search for perfect health) has been a roller coaster. Doctors and Perfect Health Throughout my childhood I didn’t care much for healthy eating. I quickly learned to distrust doctors. My main example came from years of silly attempts to diagnose my violent chest pains. They were […]

Farewell to Kutz Camp

¬† A week ago I woke up and saw a friend’s impassioned post about how devastated she was about the URJ’s decision to close Kutz Camp, the reform movement’s central leadership academy in Warwick, New York. The news hit me hard, and I’m still a bit queasy thinking about it. I am so terribly saddened […]


A Poem from the Days I have a little, blue notebook sitting on my bookshelf with almost nothing in it except for a short story I wrote 23 years ago. Sometimes I like to revisit my past. I like to explore complicated emotions from a time in my life that is long behind me. It […]

The Pain is There, and the Time is Now

I was damaged. I was broken and beaten, and lying on the floor trying to recover. And I did so in every way I could. Some were very unhealthy. I ate too much, perhaps drank too much, wasted countless hours just trying to forget my pain. Pain and Distraction That really was the main point, […]

5 Health and Fitness Myths that Need to Die Already

I have been immersed in the world of health and fitness for several years now, and there are several health and fitness myths that pop up time and time again. Their time has long passed and these myths are not only confusing, but they are downright harmful. Wouldn’t it be nice if I had the […]

Eleven Most Defining Moments of My First Two Years in Israel

It’s been two years since I’ve moved back to Israel. There have been ups and downs. Many of both. I’d like to dedicate this post to speaking about the eleven most defining moments of these two years. These are eleven events or moments that had and continue to have an endless impact on the success […]

Should the Ultra-Orthodox (Haredim) Really Serve in the IDF?

To Serve in the IDF I went to the Israeli Army when I was in my early 20s, a solid deal older than everyone else in my group. And I quickly learned that I arrived somewhere very unexpected. I thought I was entering a place filled with excitement and fervor. Dedication and commitment. Pride and […]

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