Not Kansas

I was asked by a number of people to write something about the situation in Israel this week. Something that can explain what is happening here. Something that cannot be understood overseas by simply watching the news. Something that will shine a...

Cellphones are like Brussels sprouts – people either love them or hate them. I was never a lover of them; at first. But then, in 1992, during a Livnot tiyul, Dana the Tzfat work foreman was bitten twice by a viper and only through Divine Intervention were...

“Our mission, gentlemen, is to recapture Mount Hermon.” And with that, we began a 5-day exercise in the Golan Heights. The entire reserve army paratroop brigade had been called up for our yearly maneuvers. It was all a simulation, but that’s the way we stay...

I learned two things from animals this week. One at work, one at play. One late afternoon I was riding my bike on the new eastern border road with Syria (incredibly quiet and serene). I was going downhill, looking at the small farming...

It was a day of brave weddings. In Israel, we have a different way of saying “You can’t be in two places at the same time.” In Hebrew, it goes: “You can’t dance at two weddings at the same time.” And yet, last Tuesday, I...

Shalom to the whole family. Ever since I sat among you last week during the Shiva mourning period, I’ve been stringing together some Uri-memories that I would like to share with you, from the time we first met when I was a high-school kid...

Not Kansas: 10 Symbolic Freedom-Actions Whenever I think of the Passover Seder, two things pop into my head: The secret hiding caves from the Bar-Kochba Revolt, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The year was 1968 and the date was April 4th. It...