He may have traveled over 5,700 miles, but my son Zack is just a local call away.
That's because these days, for a relatively modest fee, you can give your kid a cell phone with a "virtual" U.S. number, creating something of a bizarre illusion that he is just a train ride away in the 646 are code rather than on another continent with a 972 country code.
Around the Christian holiday season, one often hears an old-fashioned song about the fate of the fowl destined for the festal board: "Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat."
Of course, for Jews -- especially Ashkenazi ones -- the humble chicken is often the holiday bird of choice around the new year: it's suitable both for consuming and for flinging about in an act of atonement called "kaparos."
In the last few days there has been a steady stream of news reports saying that an Israeli Jew claimed responsibility for the incendiary anti-Moslem movie said to have touched off rioting in several Arab nations.
If you are reading this, you are probably Jewish, and there's a good chance you live outside of Israel. But maybe you didn't know that Jewish life exists where you are, and that is sometimes even interesting, and important to understand.
After all, the Israeli media says it didn't grasp this, until now.
A few weeks after Israel’s Olympic athletes returned empty-handed from London, where they did not win a single medal at the Summer Games, some Israeli representatives are making it to the podium in the same competitive arenas. This time, in the Paralympics.