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Written by: [21 Oct 2015 | Comments Off on ayelet@midnight: october 21 2015 | ]
ayelet@midnight: october 21 2015

Culture now?
How can I write about culture in the midst of the violence, fear and hatred that surrounds us now? Isn’t culture the epitome of escapism – at best naive, at worst insensitive and indifferent to the pain, loss and suffering?

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Written by: [28 Dec 2014 | Comments Off on ayelet@midnight: december 28 2014 | ]
ayelet@midnight: december 28 2014

I don’t like New Year’s resolutions. They’re too easy and dramatic. Drama comes easy for some of us, and on the appropriate occasions – holidays, birthdays, and other minor disasters – most of us can summon up if not a storm, then at least a burst of cathartic drama, often aided by alcohol and the proximity of blood relatives. Then, in the raging heat (or, alternatively, the cold depression) of the crucial moment, we make a sweeping statement: I will, I will never…

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Written by: [14 Dec 2014 | Comments Off on ayelet@midnight: december 14 2014 | ]
ayelet@midnight: december 14 2014

Serendipity is the kind of word that always makes me smile twice: once when it happens, and then again, just because it’s such a fun word to say.

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Written by: [24 Nov 2014 | Comments Off on ayelet@midnight: november 24 2014 | ]
ayelet@midnight: november 24 2014

It’s been a week of light and darkness, a little more than a week since I last wrote and perhaps more dark than light. It all began with light, the warm glow of Sun Tailor and his music. The folk troubadour with an electric edge launched his second album This Light at The Barby on Saturday, November 15th and I’m so glad I was able to be there!

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Written by: [15 Nov 2014 | Comments Off on ayelet@midnight: november 16 2014 | ]
ayelet@midnight: november 16 2014

Tell me please where can I buy canned pumpkin in Tel Aviv? It’s November, and I’m feeling the urge to make pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup, pumpkin scones and the notorious pumpkin whoopie pies. It’s fall in Tel Aviv, which means sunny days and blue skies and occasional rain, but in some of my old neighborhoods, the leaves are changing color.  I’ve learned to accept the fact that I may never see another fresh cranberry, but I am really hoping to find canned pumpkin, because I enjoy baking almost as much …

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Written by: [9 Nov 2014 | Comments Off on ayelet@midnight: november 9 2014 | ]
ayelet@midnight: november 9 2014

I’ve been seeing things differently for the past week or so. It began on a Friday afternoon, in the middle of a family conversation around the table at my mother’s house.  I suddenly saw a spark of yellow light in the corner of one eye, the left eye, somehow it’s always the left that makes trouble. The yellow light burst into a colorful squiggle, then I saw a large black spot and wild expressionistic lines dancing before my eyes as the words “detached retina” murmured ominously in my mind.
I called …

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Written by: [14 Jul 2014 | Comments Off on Israeli Filmmakers Call For Change | ]
Israeli Filmmakers Call For Change

Israeli film directors whose films are participating in the Jerusalem Film Festival, took a stand today.  Efrat Corem, Shira Geffen, Ronit Elkabetz, Keren Yedaya, Tali Shalom Ezer, Nadav Lapid, Shlomi Elkabetz, and Bozi Gete, issued a unified statement to the press today, calling for an end to the violence, an acknowledgement of the suffering of the other, and a call for dialogue between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
The mood was somber as they read the names of Palestinian children who have been killed in this conflict. A brief conversation with …

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Written by: [9 Jul 2014 | Comments Off on Ronen Green: Pain and Fear | ]
Ronen Green: Pain and Fear

Pain and fear. Sometimes it feels like our existence in this place is defined by those words.  If you have been following the news with growing despair – the murders of four boys and the ensuing escalating violence, take a moment to listen to a different voice. Ronen Green speaks for me, and I believe he speaks for many of us – Jews and Arabs, when he sings “I know there’s something better than just pain and fear.”
As someone who has grown up in Israel, and has chosen to build …

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Written by: [18 Nov 2013 | 5 Comments | ]
My Personal, Private Kennedy Assassination

When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago , the world reacted with horror, shock, sadness, and grief. I also reacted with horror, shock, sadness, and grief, but there was something more than that going on in my mind. I took Kennedy’s assassination personally. I don’t anymore, but God knows I did then.
On November 22, 1963 I was 11 years old and in the sixth grade at the Sarah Greenwood Elementary School in the Dorchester section of Boston. I was in the Boston Public School System’s pilot “rapid …

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Written by: [8 Sep 2012 | One Comment | ]
Berlin Between Past and Present

I can’t help but point out the irony in taking an El Al flight to Berlin.  Despite the 67 years that have passed since WWII ended, the ironies are there.  Who would have thought that just 67 years after the end of the most vile attempt to annihilate the Jewish people in history, the Jewish people would have built their own airline company that flies passengers – Jewish passengers! – to the very same country that harbored the genocide, that murdered the passengers’ grandparents? The paradoxes exist – they are …