If you haven’t noticed, the most recent entries have only written by Abby lately. Mostly, because I have been busy at work trying to prepare abstracts, write grants, and obtain preliminary data. On the bus to and from work, I catch up on reading person stuff, but rarely have time to comment because I am holding on for my life (bus drivers in Israel can be kinda crazy). Below is a selection of those readings from the past several months, with several comments.
First, over the past week, our family has been overcome with grief. We have lost a very dear friend, Yevgenia Probst. Our love goes to the Probst and Baron family. This is a piece written by a previous guest blogger, David. Read his words of Torah here:
The effect of the sirens on Yom Hashoah and Yom Hazikaron is universal across Israel. Even at the Technion, people would stand still in their offices, labs, or outside. Rafi was also taught to stand still by his gan. He demonstrated when he was home with us for one of the sirens. Read Stef Susnow’s experience with the sirens:
And a video done by JPost this year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh55uEo5bfM
One of our most read blog posts was about my trip to Cairo. Read this additional account of the trip to Cairo. It provides a slightly different perspective with additional details
It seems like everyone from Fulbright has their own list of differences between the cultures of Israel and America. We noticed our own. Here are some additional accounts of differences.
I have yet to go to Hebron, it is on my list of places to see. But the tension, which can be felt throughout Israel, is especially thick there. Read about it here:
We just have not had time yet to write in detail about all the produce at the shuk. Read about it from local residents and shuk experts.
Finally, we get asked all the time if we are making Aliyah. We are not the only ones. The Aliyah question is common for all the Post Doctorate Fulbrighters, but yet seems to annoy most of us because of our strong rooted connections to America. Although our response is different from Allison and Adam’s, their answer has significant value. Read about it here:
That is all. I hope you enjoyed the reading as much as me.