New Beginnings

Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year.  It’s a time of new beginnings; a chance to wipe the slate clean and start over again.  During the High Holy Days (or Days of Penitence) one is to examine the words, deeds and intentions of the previous year and repent of wrong doings.  This […]

It Will Change Your Life

 Time is running out for my friend. We are sitting at lunch when she casually mentions that she and her husband are thinking of “starting a family.” What she means is that her biological clock has begun its countdown and she is being forced to consider the prospect of motherhood. “We’re taking a survey,” she says half joking. “Do you thin […]

Asking to Understand

 In many ways, it was a frustrating year.  I spent much of it writing about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,  a subject so complex that I was often overwhelmed.  I became intellectually insecure and frustratingly unproductive.  Days of research often produced just one written page.  More than once, I considered quitting the project and taking up something more manageable. But in retrospect, the less […]