Travel

Holiday Wishes

In advance of Yom Kippur, the entire ISJL staff would like to wish all of our friends and readers a ...

Finding Joy

The following thoughts come to us from Education Fellow Erin Kahal. A few weeks ago, another Education Fellow, Sam Kahan, ...

Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage: “a journey to a place associated with someone or something well known or respected” (The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of ...

Kosher McDonalds and Jewish Cowboys

In 1850 two men found themselves standing under a tree near the famous Recoleta Cemetery in the center of Buenos ...

Writers Are Readers

Sometimes, standing in line for airport security toward the beginning of my book tour, I felt I knew what my ancestors ...

The Pursuit of Happiness

I have always been struck by car commercials. Car commercials to me seem unique in the world of advertising. Whereas ...

The Ghost

My fascination with New Mexico began in 2007, when I moved to Albuquerque sight unseen to write my first novel,  ...

“Do You Have a Weapon?”

I began making frequent trips to Israel during the second intifada, in August 2001. I became accustomed to the security ...

Adventures in the Cartoon Trade: Israel, US, and Everywhere Else

When I walked down the airplane gangplank for the first time in Ben Gurion airport, I immediately noticed the baggage handlers ...

Write, Pray, Swim, Bike, Run

Earlier this week, Karol Neilsen wrote about the inefficiency of writing and how not to quit. Her new memoir, Black Elephants, was ...