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May 25, 2020, 7:25 PM
Being Misunderstood in Tehran
Relax everyone, it appears that we have misunderstood the rhetoric coming forth from the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamanei. It turns out he isn’t anti-Semitic and is not hell-bent on the destruction of the Jewish people. It turns out...
Apr 5, 2020, 11:42 PM
Tips for a Welcoming Zoom Seder
In “normal” years, a highlight of our extended family seder is when my brother in law Dan dresses up as an Eliyahu Hanavi-themed character. He sports a different costume each year, surprising and delighting the kids (okay, and the...
Feb 23, 2020, 11:23 PM
Tasting Marmite in Israeli Society
I was very surprised to discover that comparing the complex issue of diversity in Israeli society to a famous British sandwich spread helped me to make sense of a tricky and thought-provoking situation. . Marmite is a yeast-based sandwich...
Nov 26, 2019, 10:49 PM
We know that we are living in crazy times when there are so many elephants in the room that it becomes almost impossible to know which one to address first. The charges brought against Prime Minister Netanyahu last week...
Sep 12, 2019, 3:15 PM
“Yes we Can!! (Make Israel Great Again)”
“I have always said, and I do believe, that the winning or losing of an election is less important than the strengthening of our country and ensuring a better life for our people.” Indira Gandhi The Israeli electoral system encourages...
Aug 29, 2019, 8:16 PM
Dear Gap Year Student
Tips to help you ensure you maximize your year and don't suffer FOMO (fear of missing out)
Jun 13, 2019, 12:15 AM
I Am Scared of Haredim
Please forgive the provocative title and bear with me for a few moments. The fear is not actually mine, but rather was that of my 9-year-old son. I love raising my four kids in Israel. I love that they are...
Mar 18, 2019, 11:04 PM
The Purim buzz is in the air! But that’s not all -- so are elections. It seems that most conversations these days,in homes, school, and around the Shabbat table, are dominated by Purim and elections! But these two topics...
Jan 15, 2015, 1:48 PM
MK(id)s, Please Behave Yourselves
Election season is truly upon us. The primaries and compiling of party lists of all of the major parties have either been completed or are well under way, and every day we are being bombarded with slogans and promises...
Oct 22, 2014, 10:17 AM
It Takes Two to Tango
The recent proliferation of blogs and articles about women's feeling towards the mikve and taharat hamishpacha (the laws of family purity,) both positive and negative, has been a fascinating study of modern attitudes towards topics ranging from halacha, feminism,...
Matthew Lipman is an Israel educator at Makom. He lives with his family in Modi'in and he is on a mission to share his love of Israel, Judaism and "dad jokes" with his wonderful children. He writes in a personal capacity.