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Lisa Huberman
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My Favorite Saturday Spots in East Jerusalem
As I have written previously, Saturdays are pretty quiet in the Jewish parts of Jerusalem, as most businesses are closed due to the Jewish Sabbath.  While often this silence can be maddening, it has also motivated me be adventurous in seeking out new, inter...

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Israel on Yom HaShoah: Train Tracks, Memory, Anxiety and Photography
Eleven years ago today, I was 18 and standing on the train tracks in Poland leading from Auschwitz to Birkenau as part of the Holocaust remembrance event, March of the Living . A typical scene from March of the Living http://www.authenticisrael.com/wp-conte...

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So Many Sides Now: Different Views of Israel's Wall
Tzameret Zamir's "Path to Peace" mosaic along the Gaza border So last week I did a tour of the West Bank security barrier with Danny Tirza, the man who designed it.  While there was a lot about Tirza's presentation that got under my skin--I found his tone a...

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On Race and RENT in Jerusalem
So, encountering RENT at different points in my life is always a complex processing experience.  It's also interesting to see a show on the amateur level for the first time that you previously saw on Broadway (or in this case two Broadway tours) and to see ...

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Most Amazing Pearls Of Wisdom From An Evening With Writer Etgar Keret
I've been psyched out to attend a talk with Etgar Keret ever since I saw the event on our class schedule.  While I haven't read any of his fiction in full, the commentaries about Israel politics and society that have appeared in the New York Times and Haare...

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Gambling Eden: On The Joys--And Anxieties--Of Funding
A few months ago, there was  a Salon piece going around by a female writer discussing how being "sponsored" by her husband allows her the financial freedom to pursue a full-time writing career . While talking about money is super uncomfortable, it opened up...

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Seeking A More Perfect Jewish Union and Striving For Empathy
This week as part of our mifgash with Israelis from Hebrew U, we visited the Yitzhak Rabin Youth Hostel .  I knew this was going to be an emotional evening:  I was in Hebrew school when I learned that Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a religious Jew, and t...

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Collecting Narratives: Podcasts I'm Listening To Right Now
A few months, I started to become very conscious of the fact that most of the media I was consuming was created by people who look and sound like me.  While this impulse is natural, it is also super problematic for someone like me interested in cross-cultur...

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From Loving the Real Israel by Alex Sinclair I spent a lot of my childhood being an outsider.  Whether it was for my religion, my vegetarian diet, or my love of musical theatre, my identity existed outside of the norm in Youngstown, Ohio.  As I mentioned be...
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