The Grammar of Peace in The Los Angeles Review of Books, on why I don’t support rallies and why they are important.
Swans and Seagulls in BLARB. A walk back in time.
Uprooting in BLARB, on transplanting olive trees and people.
The Click in the Bolt in Bloom, on the pitch-perfect poetry of Jayne Benjulian
Home in Arabic in The Los Angeles Review of Books, on my serious attempt to learn Arabic in Jaffa.
Notes From Afar, a six-week column in Garnet News on VCCA writing residency in Amherst, VA. No holds barred.Click through to see all six essays and photos.
When A Tree Falls in The Los Angeles Review of Books Blog. A deer lifts her head to the light.
Waiting for Nuha in The Los Angeles Review of Books Blog. Back to those kick ass days!
The Writing Life in Modern Loss. My friend allowed no excuses for unfinished work. When she died, I thought I’d never put pen to paper again.
More or Less Insane in The Los Angeles Review of Books. My cousin visits and I want it to be perfect – but it isn’t.
Forget Politics. People Need Us in Garnet News. Humanitarian organisations like ISraAID provide a critical lifeline – but it’s not enough.
The Home of Language in The Los Angeles Review of Books. Refugees of language and the love to be found in translation.
When Women Wage Peace in The Los Angeles Review of Books.
How to Lay a Table in Dead Housekeeping. Why I prefer eating with my fingers.
The Road to Jericho in The Los Angeles Review of Books.
A Middle Eastern Pastoral in The Los Angeles Review of Books. On goats and a straw hat.
On Losing a Brother in The Manifest-Station. Including a photo of me, aged 16.
All is Forgiven Between Us in Narratively. On my mother. With exclusive photos of me as a baby, not to be missed.
A Song in Two Voices in The Los Angeles Review of Books. On the aftermath of the Israeli elections.
In Every City, A Forest in The Los Angeles Review of Books. On Berlin, memory and flowers that slide off wallpaper.
The Jewish Journalists Who Interview Jihadists, in Haaretz
Figs and Facebook, an essay on the poetry of Agi Mishol in The Los Angeles Review of Books
Last Words: On Michael Hastings’s The Last Magazine: A Novel, a book review in The Millions.
The Silence Within Silence , an essay in The Los Angeles Review of Books that advocates empathy during war, for there are faces and names on both sides.
Haaretz What Dov Lautman Meant to Me: An op-ed on how this Israeli industrialist impacted my mother, who died of ALS.
Rabbi With A Cause
Rabbi Menachem Froman was a good man, a spiritual leader who spoke with simplicity and wisdom. He had piercing blue eyes and a welcoming smile. I had the privilege of meeting with him and also of traveling with him to Ramallah on one of his many quests to bridge the way to peace. Here’s an interview with him that sums up his way of living and his dedication to what he believed in. He will be missed but his legacy of face-to-face talks and direct interaction is a continuing lesson for all of us.
Read my interview, published in Newsweek and The Daily Beast.