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From the day he made aliyah, Benji has been one of the most popular English-speaking writers in Israel, first blogging about his experiences at WhatWarZone.com (RIP to that address). Ulpan, the job search, and just settling in, it’s all here…

Have you heard about Soda Stream, the Israeli company that allows you to make your own soda, saving jillions of plastic Coke bottles?  They'll be advertising during the Super Bowl with the new face of the company, Scarlett Johansson.  She's been getting a lot of...

Here is a recent article I wrote for the website eJewishPhilanthropy.  It's a serious one about the world of Israel educational tourism and the feedback has been tremendous.  Let me know what you think. Israel has changed over 66 years. Our programs should reflect those changes. by...

For those of you who grew up at Jewish summer camp (and even those who didn't), you may enjoy this.  Many of us know the tsofim (Israeli scouts), the Israeli teenagers who came to camp to represent Israel and inject the summer experience with ruach...

Usually "happy holidays" is a greeting for Christmas, Chanukah, and any other winter holidays which get all wrapped together, creating some watered-down message for all. This year, it feels a little special as we (American Jews, anyway) celebrate Chanukah and Thanksgiving at the same time. Today...

By now, you've all heard about Thanksgivukkah, the first time Thanksgiving and Chanukah fall on the same day for over 100 years and the last time for another 80,000.  Seems like a good reason for a holiday video.  With the help of my incredibly talented...

My latest on the Times of Israel: In an announcement made Sunday, the United States administration pledged that they are willing to take all steps necessary to curb Iran’s nuclear production including asking really nicely. Secretary of State John Kerry told a group of reporters, “Based on...

My latest on the Times of Israel about this recent story. Following their concert review which blew up on major news sites, Haaretz retracted their story Thursday claiming that in her Tel Aviv performance, Rihanna replaced the word "umbrella" with "death to the Jews". “It was an...

This just in:  President Shimon Peres has just launched a new application on his Facebook page calling upon people all over the world to ask him any question they want.  Anyone will be able to pose questions to the president and he will respond to some...

My latest from the Times of Israel.  If we're going to make fun of American Jewry, we have to look in the mirror, no?  A sequel to last week's piece. In the just-released second part of the controversial Pew study, researchers found that despite a declining...