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Forgot to toot my own horn. Whoops.

I put together a few articles that appeared in Haaretz back in 2016 and completely forgot to post them here. But aside from a few restaurants that have closed down, it’s all good.

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Everything you wanted to know about Bar and Bat Mitzvahs but ….

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/features/1.673307 One of the oldest Jewish jokes is about the 13-year-old boy who takes the podium at the front of his synagogue to recite his bar mitzvah speech. ‘Today I am a fountain pen,’ he says.* Marty Friedlander Haaretz Contributor

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An Alternative Hanukkah Tour of Israel

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/travel/tourist-tip-of-the-day/1.632288?date=1450254398927 An Alternative Hanukkah Tour of Israel: From Hasmonean Archaeology to Turtles Six ideas for places to go and see where the Hanukkah spirit all began (or tastes like). Marty Friedlander Here’s an idea for the intrepid reveler: This year,

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Natural Springs of Israel: Seven Cool Watering Holes to Visit This Summer

http://www.haaretz.com/travel-in-israel/parks-nature/1.671869

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Can you buy genuine antiquities in Israel?

This article first appeared in Haaretz on January 14, 2015 Here’s the URL, but unless you are a Premium subscriber you probably can’t access it online.  http://www.haaretz.com/life/archaeology/.premium-1.637020 Even if you’re getting a real artifact from Israelite history, chances are it’s

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Life goes on

A collective thanks goes to all my friends and clients who’ve been writing to see how we’re holding up. Pretty fine, so far. I was with my mother (a feisty 86-year-old who had hip and elbow surgery last month following

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Beware the Tides of March

Who would have thought that this lackluster, nearly bone-dry winter could be salvaged? And yet it has. In the past three days (March 12-14), we’ve racked up some respectable precipitation. In the case of Jerusalem, we are now at over

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A tale of two chronologies

Be it Jerusalem’s City of David, Megiddo in the Jezreel Valley or any of dozens of other sites, the visitor to Israel is able to match Biblical narrative to geographical location. But where does science end and faith begin? By

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Nisco Museum of Mechanical Music

After moving to Israel in the mid-’70s, Nisan Cohen opened the Middle East’s only museum dedicated to music boxes, player pianos, hurdy gurdies, gramophones and other devices. By Marty Friedlander “If a man does not keep pace with his companions,

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Temple Mount sifting project

Construction of a mosque at the site left a pile of debris ready to be sifted. This is political archaeology at its best. By Marty Friedlander We’re all familiar with the old Chinese curse, “You should live in interesting times.” As

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