Tag Archives: Israel

Leah Kaminsky, Author of The Waiting Room, on the Past and Future

I’m delighted to welcome Leah Kaminsky, author of the debut novel THE WAITING ROOM (Harper Perennial 2016). Although this story is set in Haifa, Israel, during 2001, the story straddles three continents and a time span of seventy years. It … Continue reading

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Shimon Peres: Never Give Up Hope.

I wrote to the Former Israeli President Shimon Peres–who died Wednesday at the age of 93 and whose funeral was attended by seventy world leaders on Friday morning–when he was a member of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliment, in 2004. … Continue reading

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My Astonishing Discovery on Mother’s Day

Last year, soon after my step-son had just been diagnosed with Stage Four non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, I went with him for one of his treatments at the hospital near Tel Aviv. Nadav has lived me with me on and off since … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve, My Sister’s Birthday, and Nittel Nacht.

When I was growing up, my family hung out at home and played cards on Christmas Eve. Like eating Chinese food on Sunday nights, I thought this was just another quirky thing that my suburban Jewish family did. Little did … Continue reading

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Tool For Tuesday: Even in the Midst of War, Celebrate Life. Photos of a Henna Ceremony in Israel

Even in the midst of war, celebrate life. Especially in the midst of war. A lot of Islamic terrorists boast that they will win against the West because they celebrate death and we celebrate life. As if that’s something to … Continue reading

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On Hamas Missiles, Motorcycles, and the Lost Summer of Rock & Roll in Israel

Long time no write…Tough to concentrate on living our best chapter when it feels like the world is collapsing all around us. Here’s my article in The Wall Street Journal about life in a war zone. Moving Targets in Israel My … Continue reading

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While Bombs Fall On the Start-Up Nation: How To Keep On Keepin’ On

We interrupt this blog to report on the war that Hamas is waging against Israel. (Do not be deceived that it is the other way around.) What other country warns people that they should leave their houses because a bomb … Continue reading

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One Country Where Muslim and Christian Arab Women Are Free: Israel.

The Arab girls next to me looked like they were having fun. I was sitting one palm frond hut away, trying to understand what they were saying in Arabic, a language I’ve been casually studying for the past few months. … Continue reading

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Writer Dora Levy Mossanen: On Novels and Tapping Into Our Own Emotional Reservoir

I’m happy to welcome Dora Levy Mossanen, whose latest novel, just published on January 7, 2014 is Scent of Butterflies. She is also the author of the historical novels,  Harem, Courtesan and The Last Romanov. Diana: Your novels are all historical novels, set in exotic times … Continue reading

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Phyllis Chesler: On a Writer’s Dilemma, An American Bride in Kabul and the New Anti-Semitism

I’m honored to post this interview with Phyllis Chesler, writer, early feminist activist and leader, and psychotherapist whose first book, Women and Madness, was one of the first to address the mistreatment of women in the mental health field. Her … Continue reading

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