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Traveling to America? Beware the PCR testing shuffle

July 18, 2021

Travel during a pandemic involves some extra hassles. Like scheduling a PCR Covid test within 72 hours of your flight. Here’s our experience.

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Musings of an Israeli in America

July 6, 2021

I just spent three weeks in the U.S. I have nine observations, covering everything from masks to pancakes. Plus one-hour weed delivery!

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The story of Natan and Noga: A Covid baby bust?

July 4, 2021

A Covid near miss: pre-vaccines, our a/c technician could have infected me. Instead, he canceled at the last minute and got married.

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God and dinosaurs

June 5, 2021

Does Judaism believe that God planted fake dinosaur fossils in the earth to explain how dinosaurs could exist when the world is only 6,000 years old?

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“It’s so nice to see your face again”

May 23, 2021

“I almost didn’t recognize you without your mask,” Shifra said at the park while we were walking our dogs. Post-pandemic socializing returns!

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Eating our way through Nazareth

May 8, 2021

Yum! A culinary “tasting tour” of Nazareth. Knafeh, kadaif, fatayer sabanekh, freekah, inar, al-ma’ashuka. Tour guide: Mona el Abu-Assal.

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Zoom means it’s time to minimize

April 25, 2021

It was Zoom that finally pushed me to minimize. With work shifted to virtual, my computer’s camera revealed a lot of clutter. Tips for cleaning.

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The return of choice

April 11, 2021

With the pandemic waning (in Israel at least), some people don’t want to go back to the “old normal” of FOMO and an abundance of choice.

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Does God still demand “costly signaling?”

March 26, 2021

Pre-Passover reading: Does God still demand “costly signaling?” How halacha evolves and why that can help us lighten up this Pesach.

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Convincing the anti-vaxxers

March 13, 2021

Israel is the leader in terms of vaccination speed. What can the world learn from this vaccination “beta country” on how to flip anti-vaxxers?

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