The Life, Times & Musings of an American Midwest Woman Who Lives in the Middle East

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Shtisel’s Cheesecake: Part 1

Shtisel’s Cheesecake: Part 1

By on Jul 25, 2021 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

New to Israel and anxious to learn about various aspects of culture, I began to watch the Netflix series, “Shtisel.” This series follows the lives of an Ultra-Orthodox family set in the heart of Jerusalem. The endearing main characters of Akiva and Shulem completely captured my attention and piqued my curiosity about this sect of Jewish society. In one episode,...

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Shtisel’s Cheesecake: Part 2

Shtisel’s Cheesecake: Part 2

By on Jul 25, 2021 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

I greeted Alfie as we entered the boutique hotel in Jerusalem. Alfie is a fairly conservative Jew whose family owns 10 hotel rooms on the third floor of an office building. We discovered it last year and have made it our “go to” place in Jerusalem. “I don’t have the big room this week,” Alfie apologized, “but I do have a room ready.” “No problem. All the rooms are...

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How to Know If You Are Really Welcome

How to Know If You Are Really Welcome

By on Aug 8, 2016 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

It’s kind of an odd title for a post, but I’ve had to ponder this exact thing many times here in the Middle East. In my home culture, a friend might say, “Hey, you guys doing anything Friday night? Why don’t you come over?” I say yes or no and then we go from there. That’s that. It’s not like that here. In Middle Eastern...

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