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Stories from the Holy Land: Tel Aviv, oh, Tel Aviv

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Last week I was interviewed by a German radio station about my relationship to Tel Aviv – and I have to admit that choosing the term ‚relationship‘ is simply spot on. Tel Aviv and me, that’s like a big love story with occasional outbursts of anger. It wasn’t without reason that I left the city…

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Hebrew University #1

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The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) published this year’s university rankings – and named the Hebrew Unversity of Jerusalem #1 in Israel, #1 in the Middle East and #26 among 1000 ranked degree-granting institutions worldwide. However, in comparison to the previous years, the academic landscape in Israel hasn’t overall improved. Last year, the Hebrew…

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Stories from the Holy Land: Pita

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I can’t say it any other way: my first time was a catastrophe. I burst into it. From the wrong side, too hectic and without a plan. First here, then there. I wanted too much in one go. And in the end: it dripped without stopping and my dress was totally soiled. No, no, don’t…

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Jiddish Mamme – Myth, idol and scary

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‘Do you know the difference between an Italian mum and a Jewish mum?’ The Italian mum dares: ‘If you don’t eat the soup, I’ll kill you.’ The Jewish mum however threatens the child with the words: “If you don’t eat your soup, I’ll kill myself!’ This is only one of the many jokes about Jewish…

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

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The central theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial ceremony is ‘Everything is Forbidden to Us, and Yet We do Everything”: The Struggle to Maintain the Human Spirit during the Holocaust.’ Not only for those who commemorate the perished Jewish people on Yad Vashem’s central square but for the whole country, it is one of the most…

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