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Tel Aviv to Lake Wobegon: Fallin' in love with Austin

Tel Aviv to Lake Wobegon: Fallin' in love with Austin

The moment I landed in Texas, it just felt right. Not exactly like being home, but some sort of comfortable feeling took over.

I guess it’s understandable. I was a kid here for a few years. I left Israel at the age of 3 and came to Dallas, where my father did his PhD in archaeology. After that, we went back home to Haifa.

I don’t remember Dallas very much. I do remember going to a Jewish school, where half of the day was in English, and the other half in Hebrew. I remember wearing a kippa, tsisit and cowboy boots to school.

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Dan Rather: U.S. reporting on the conflict is Israel-centric

 

It’s kind of strange to see up close someone who has been a familiar television face for me for decades. So, when Dan Rather looked me straight in the eye, I had to look around to see if everybody else was as starstruck as I was. I think they were.

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Tel Aviv to Lake Wobegon: Excited about visiting the temples of journalism

Tel Aviv to Lake Wobegon: Excited about visiting the temples of journalism

Tomorrow, Sunday, we leave for our whirlwind tour of the States. Our first stop is New York, where we will also visit the New York Times. I'm pretty excited about it, actually. Not that anything special is supposed to happen. But just to see the place that, most probably, got me somehow into journalism. I am re-posting a post of mine that appeared on +972 Magazine in March 2013, after the death of New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis. We knew each other. Sort of...

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Tel Aviv to Lake Wobegon: My heart is in the East

Tel Aviv to Lake Wobegon: My heart is in the East

Today is one of those days where I remember a poem by the famous Jewish poet of medieval Spain, Rabbi Yehuda Halevi. The first line of “Libi Ba’Mizrach,” (My Heart is in the East) probably his most famous work of art, is: “My heart is in the East, and I am in the uttermost West.”

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Tel Aviv to Lake Wobegon: Insights on ego

 Tel Aviv to Lake Wobegon: Insights on ego

Where a Colombian reporter helps me get a picture with one of my favorite artists

Downtown Minneapolis (photos: Ami Kaufman)

Well, the Twin Cities are turning out to be as charming as a metropolitan slab of concrete can get. The food’s not too bad (let’s face it, it ain’t New York), the people are the nicest I’ve met - ever(!) - and they’re simply two very handsome towns.

Oh, and I met Nora Jones.

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