April 28, 2015 / 9th of Iyar, 5775
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Dan Brosgol

  • 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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  • If you’re like me, over the years not a few of your non-Jewish friends/family members/spouses have sampled Jewish cuisine, fasted with you on Yom Kippur, and broken matza with you to remember that we were once afflicted in Egypt. And I’d also wager you’ve had to explain cloven hooves, cud chewing, fins and scales, and the prohibition on eating wild birds at some point as well; when I speak to non-Jewish audiences the complexities and minutiae of kashrut is always ...

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  • 15 days until the First Seder… you ready?

    With that massive calendar event on the near horizon, it’s time for the 4th annual reveal of four additional Israel-related questions that I'm wondering about this year.

    Question One- Coalitions

    The remarkable electoral triumph of Bibi Netanyahu and Likud in Israel’s elections on Tuesday sent shock waves across Israel and Washington. Roaring back from pre-election polling that had him 7 seats behind the ...

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  • It’s A Green Day

    Boston’s not the only town decked out in green today.

    After sinking all the way down to the 8th position on the league table in January, Maccabi Haifa has turned around their season in dramatic fashion, with a 4-0-1 record over their past five games, including a 2:0 derby victory over their cross-town rivals HaPoel Haifa on Monday that clinched their spot in the top six entering the playoff round for the championship. With a suddenly-inspired defe...

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  • Life is exciting, there's lots going on, spring is in the air, and the snow is melting. To say there's an optimistic feeling in the air this week would be an understatement, especially as I went for a run yesterday wearing a t-shirt as the sun was out and it wasn't freezing. For your enjoyment here's a threefer of pop culture things I'm into this week as we start eyeing Passover on the horizon.

    Trying To Dig It

    So there’s a show called “Dig” that t...

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  • I’m sure we’re not the only ones who went on a pumpkin-palooza in the fall and have had large and intrusive gourds migrating across miscellaneous kitchen countertops since November.

    With that in mind, as a little pre-emptive and aspirational attempt at spring cleaning, my wife concocted a most delicious of trans-seasonal treats yesterday in what might be a first-of-its-kind batch of pumpkin hamantaschen.

    That the pumpkin was hand-picked, survived a hardy New Engla...

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  • We left Israel on Saturday evening.

    When I was younger, I remember the deep anguish and sadness that I felt when an Israel trip was over and I was about to fly home. I remember those bus rides to the airport, watching the lights on the side of highway pass by, hoping that something, anything, would make the trip last longer. I remember sitting on airplanes, watching the lights of Tel Aviv vanish below and behind us with misty eyes, and remembering only the pain of having to leav...

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