How to Embalm a Chandelier in Hebrew

Are you ready for a language lesson? As you know, I moved to Israel about 10 months ago. I have been studying Hebrew, the language here. I just finished reading a book about the life of Eliezer Ben Yehuda, the lexicographer who invented the modern Hebrew language. It is the only ancient language that has been revived and currently in use. Pretty darn amazing. Hebrew is one of the many miracles of this crazy place. Another miracle of the day is Google Translate, a language app by you-know-who. I really don't understand much conversational Hebrew yet, so I pop most of the messages I receive into the Google Translate app and it spits them back to me in English. A typical message that I receive

Storm Chaser

Storm chasers run into the storm. Maybe they like adventure, the thrill of danger, scientific inquiry, or just want to get “the shot.” I am more of a cozy-up-to-the-fireplace-on-a-stormy-night, or hide-in-the-basement-during-tornado-warnings kind of Midwestern girl. Every trip I ever took to Israel was bookended by a period of anxiety leading up to the trip, then relief when I returned. Phew! I survived potential terror attacks or war, or both! I waved my Israel flag and lived to tell the tale. I secretly half consciously judged people who lived here or moved here with an, “I would never do that!” But I did. In some ways, moving to Israel is like chasing the storm. I headed towards the war-t

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