An Arab friend?

I entered college in the Fall of '98. Back then, I was a secular Jew and very proud of my Jewish identity. Keeping Shabbat, kashrut, praying three times daily, etc. meant very little to me; I understood those Jewish traditions only vaguely. It so happened that my university had a very small Jewish population; and… Continue reading An Arab friend?

Speak to me in Arabic

I published this approximately 2½ years ago on the Times of Israel February 20, 2018 This week, I am beginning my fourth semester of spoken Arabic at the Polis Institute. In truth, I should be working to improve my Hebrew. I can get by on the street, and I'm always able to compensate with some… Continue reading Speak to me in Arabic