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Jan 15, 2016, 3:07 AM
The American and Israeli Cultural Differences between Big and Small
Even though we have been in the States for almost eight years now, it is still quite challenging for me to get used to the vastness of this country. I look at the elephant size trunk of the SUV's in...
Mar 5, 2015, 12:47 AM
If I Were in Israel
If I Were in Israel Author's note: This essay was written in the summer of 2014. Just this morning my husband informed me that we’ve now lived in the States for seven years since returning from Israel. I say “returning” because...
Feb 17, 2015, 8:00 PM
I’m not an American Goof!: How I Was Able to Positively Impact My Garin During my IDF Service
Way before getting inducted on February 13, 1991, I was titled the American goof by all the members of my garin. On Kibbutz Sufa, the only way to feel comfortable in an unfamiliar setting was to laugh things off....
Jan 13, 2015, 7:36 PM
The Power of One Woman’s Quest in the Israel Army: Learning How to Stick with My Military Service
In March 1991, six weeks after completing an intensive Hebrew language course at a military camp in the North of Israel, our garin was suddenly sent to a settlement camp in the Arava desert called Shitim. When we were...
Oct 21, 2014, 2:47 AM
Things I Learned about Leaving Israel for the ‘American Dream’
After seven years of living in the US as a returning American who lived almost twenty years on a kibbutz, I knew that readjusting to American life would be hard, but didn't realize how difficult it would be to find...
Dec 17, 2013, 2:21 AM
Coping with the silence as a female soldier in the Israel Defense Forces
One of the hardest things I ever had to do as an American teenager growing up in New York City was to leave my comfort zone for the sake of joining the Israeli Defense Forces. Despite the fact I...
Aug 20, 2012, 8:01 PM
Hitting home: Snapshot from my memoir
The sea at Kibbutz Caesaria at dusk and we’re far away from our own kibbutz home. From the top of the tall electric towers, three white lights flicker. Water runs parallel to my feet. Seagulls land in a puddle....
Dorit Sasson is the award-winning author of Accidental Soldier: A Memoir of Service and Sacrifice in the Israel Defense Forces and the forthcoming memoir Sand and Steel: The Spiritual Journey Home.