Bar Mitzvah in Israel vs. America | How Do the Costs Compare

After sharing with you the story of our recent Bar Mitzvah in Israel, as well as all the details from my first son's Bar Mitzvah in Cleveland two years ago, I've heard from a number of you who really want to know: How do the costs compare? Which … [Read more...]

The Best Way to Transfer Money to Israel [My Unsolicited Review of TransferWise]

This is a post for my friends in Israel (or those who are just curious about the practical side of our life here)! If you live in Israel, but earn money -- or just have savings -- in the United States (or elsewhere), then you no doubt have … [Read more...]

Need a Rental Car in Israel? Get the Best Rates & Customer Service on Rental Cars

Disclosure: This is a paid advertisement. More information about ads can be found in my Disclosure Policy. Are you coming to Israel soon? One of the biggest costs (and stressors) is finding a rental car in Israel -- especially if you need a … [Read more...]

Yom HaZikaron

I share this story each year, because of all the tens of thousands of lives that are remembered today, on Israel's Memorial Day, this is the story that I know best. *** My husband moved to Israel from New Jersey the day after his 18th birthday. … [Read more...]

A Special Chanukah Recipe from Israel | Ta’amiyyah (Original Egyptian Falafel)

Gil Hovav is Israel’s leading culinary journalist, Gil Hovav has just released a brand new book translated into English, Candies from Heaven. In his native Israel, Gil Hovav is beloved as a special national cultural treasure. Now, finally, with … [Read more...]

Rental Cars in Israel ~ Best Rates + Customer Service

Are you planning a trip to Israel? Maybe for the chagim? Or to visit one of your children spending the year here? Or a family smicha? One of the biggest costs (and stressors) is finding a rental car in Israel -- especially if you need a … [Read more...]

Can We Talk?

Guys. Can we talk? I have something to tell you, but I've been holding it in, because I wasn't sure that I was ready to talk about it yet -- at least not in a big, public way. But it's time. I need to tell you. I feel like I've been lying to … [Read more...]

FREE! Cook in Israel Sweets, Holidays & Family Recipes Cookbook (Kindle Version)

FREE Kindle Book alert! Download Orly Ziv's Sweets, Holidays and Family Recipes - Israeli-Mediterranean Cookbook Kindle Edition for FREE! Just check the widget below to confirm that this ebook is still going for $0! Sweets, Holidays and … [Read more...]

8-Day Groupon Deal to Israel ~ As low as $999 for Airfare, Hotel & Tours

A few notes on this tour, which readers have shared with me: Children must be at least 8 years old Many of the travel days are on Shabbat - please check your dates carefully I have been told that the Cinema hotel in Tel Aviv has a dairy … [Read more...]

Supporting the Michael Levin (z”l) Lone Soldier Center

Today is one of the most solemn and important days in Israel: Yom HaZikaron, Israeli Memorial Day. A day to weep for, honor and remember the 23,544 fallen solders and 4128 victims of terror. If you have never been in Israel for Memorial Day, … [Read more...]