Bernard Lewis, who has earned almost every honor an historian of the Middle East can hope to accumulate, confessed at a dinner celebrating his career:
“At 96 years old I use a cane, need hearing aids and take naps. I eat less and weigh more. I have deteriorated physically and even mentally. There is an Israeli expression, ad meahv’esrim, till 120. Some say ad meah k’esrim, till 100, like 20. That sounds better.”
It's been a good month for celebs in Israel, with some of Hollywood's hottest young stars touring the Jewish state.
The A-list includes Sarah Drew and Kevin McKidd from "Grey's Anatomy," the ABC hit show; Lucas Neff and Shannon Woodward from "Raising Hope" on Fox; and Gregory Smith and Travis Milne from "Rookie Blue,” the ABC series.
Eleven years ago, when I got married- all heady from wedding gown fittings, arguments with the photographer and the fact my husband, a very secular Jew, agreed to celebrate our union in a most Orthodox, Jewish way -- the word “yeshiva” would not have been a blip on my radar screen.
If you had asked me whether or not I’d be inclined to send my kids to yeshiva, a haughty cackle would have emanated from deep in my throat: “no, are you crazy?”