July 3, 2015 / 16th of Tamuz, 5775
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Dan Brosgol

  • 20 years ago I took the longest airplane flight of my life and landed in Israel for the first time in the blazing heat of a July afternoon.

    That trip was as transformational as many of you no doubt suspect. Given my starry-eyed blue-and-white, JNF tzedakah-boxed upbringing, my six weeks of Israel in 1995 confirmed all my innate loves and hopes and dreams and set the table for this life that I am living.

    Unlike my trips today, which are familiar and nostalgic, with perhaps a new twist here o...

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  • My 87-hour trip to Israel and back, including flights, was about as relaxing as Brad Pitt's visit to Israel in World War Z. Minus the zombies. Well, that's not entirely true- I was at least part zombie when I got home as my brain attempted to deal with the aftermath of two transatlantic flights in less than three days.

    Leaving Boston at 11:00 on a Saturday night, after a 90-degree day of baseball, soccer, and family, a sleepless series of flights from Boston to Rome to T...

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  • With Shavuot and Memorial Day on the weekend schedule, and the Red Sox shuffling through an entirely uninspiring season, the sports cupboard in Boston is pretty bare (unless you’re a Revolution fan). Here’s your 500-word digest of the top three stories out of Israeli sports this holiday weekend. Chagim s’mechim!

    An Unprecedented Treble

    On Wednesday night Maccabi Tel Aviv put the icing on the cake that was their 2015-16 campaign by whitewashing HaPoel Be&rsqu...

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  • No one is having more fun in this world than Taylor Swift.

    No one.

    Do you blame her? The golden goose that is “1989” keeps laying diamond-encrusted eggs, this summer’s arena tour is going to be titanic, and we’re three hit singles in to the new album and the freight train is only picking up speed.

    When “Style” (unfortunately) replaced “Blank Space” on the radio playlists, it was time for the next hit, and after an Instagram-f...

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  • The whole world is talking about the upcoming clash between European superclubs Barcelona and Juventus in the Champions League final on June 6 in Berlin. Barcelona’s takedown of Bayern Munich, and Juventus’ surprising victory over the defending champions, Real Madrid, provided football fans everywhere with four compelling matches over the past two weeks. (ICYMI you absolutely must watch Lionel Messi’s elegant and astonishing second goal from the first leg in which...

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  • Last week was the worst traffic week I’ve seen in this town since, well, the Snowpocalypse. 128 was a parking lot every morning, all morning, and every afternoon beginning at 3:00 and going straight through til 7:00. Seems like we all forgot how to drive in warm weather.

    And in a week when sports radio had only one thing to talk about (something you may have heard about regarding football deflation) my fingers were pushing the preset buttons on my radio in rapid fire. You can guess the c...

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  • Not There Yet

    After a perfect 3-0-0 start to Euro 2016 qualifying, Israel entered a critical stretch in their group stage as they hosted Wales and Belgium on March 28 and 31. Brimming with confidence, but saddled with a tradition of folding in big matches, the national team took the field at Haifa’s Sammy Ofer Stadium on March 28… and were thoroughly outclassed by Wales, losing 3-0, with Real Madrid striker Gareth Bale netting a brace for the visitors. Three nights later, at Teddy...

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  • With memories of Thanksgivukkah still relatively fresh, this year gave us another nice celebratory (and not unprecedented) coincidence, with Easter falling on the second day of Passover, and the Red Sox season opener as a Monday postscript.

    As I rode down a traffic-free 128 this morning I was feeling pretty good, and pretty full from the weekend. It was a weekend of three enormous meals that featured 30 people, 19 pounds of turkey, 15 pounds of brisket, three dozen eggs, many bo...

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  • No joke. 

    Each song from Taylor’s last two albums literally reeks of Passover connections. So, without further ado, here you are.

    First, 1989.

    Welcome to New York- “Everybody here was someone else before.” You bet. We were all slaves. Now we are free.

    Blank Space- My personal favorite. Go to Subway and get your reusable T Swift plastic cup, and place it right in that blank space next to Elijah’s cup and your feminist orange on the table. Bec...

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  • No matter how you measure it, it’s been a long, dark, miserable winter.

    If you like to define winter via the astrological method, winter for you lasted from December 21-March 19. If, on the other hand, you prefer the meteorological measurement of December 1-March 1 you would have started winter a little early but missed all the March snow squalls that bumped us up in the record books.

    For this guy, both definitions of winter fall woefully short, especially given the len...

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