Never again Masada

Never again Masada

One week before Israel celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut, its national independence day, we toured a 2,000-year old symbol of the awful sacrifice made to achieve it. Masada rises like a golden monument above the Judean Desert, its proud columns and bright frescoes narrate an elegance more than 2,000-years old. The sturdy stone walls that surround the [...]

Shalom from Israel

Shalom from Israel

Our pilgrimage to Israel began four years ago, following a scary diagnosis and a very specific recommendation. “You should take your daughter to the Western Wall,” my mom’s friend Sam, a retired Israeli soldier, told her, after hearing that my sister Kathy had been diagnosed with breast cancer. My mom, who lights candles in almost [...]