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Ilana Teitelbaum

The Girl Who Read Enough of Stieg Larsson

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

So I didn't go to the beach this summer, but I tend to think of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as my beach read gone wrong.

The Fourth Assassin: A Palestinian Detective in Brooklyn

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

Wherever a Palestinian travels, the ties to home are too intertwined with agony to break. The Fourth Assassin explores the dilemma of the Palestinian living in the Western world.

Discovering Greece: Thessaloniki is Cooler Than You

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ilana Teitelbaum

Thessaloniki is far from the classic tourist fantasy of Greece: there are no nearby islands, and Delphi and Athens are far away. But it is the country's cultural capital and the epitome of cool.

How I Spent My Tuscan Vacation

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Ilana Teitelbaum

As a child growing up in the urban sprawl of Queens, New York, I dreamed of castles; so I wonder, what do children in Tuscany dream about? I'm guessing it isn't Queens, New York.

Obama in Cairo: One View From Jerusalem

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ilana Teitelbaum

An American friend emailed me to ask "What's Israel's/your take on Obama's remarks in Cairo?" I had to smile, because if there is one thing that has...

Lighting Up the Jerusalem Night with Bonfires

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ilana Teitelbaum

Tonight marks the beginning of Lag B'Omer, a popular Jewish holiday with roots in mysticism and Kabbalah that involves the tradition of bonfires on the eve of the holiday,

Passover Memories in Jerusalem

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ilana Teitelbaum

A holiday time seems to capture memories in a more powerful way than any other time of the year, and gives more significance to holidays as time goes on than they would otherwise have.

In the Shadow of Gilad Shalit's Captivity

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ilana Teitelbaum

How can I go to bed at night knowing that kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit probably has no bed?

Israel's Election Day: Not a Change We Can Believe In

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ilana Teitelbaum

All three of Israel's candidates for Prime Minister belong to an era that should be receding behind us, not popping up in our ballot boxes again and again.

Obama's Inauguration and the Israel-American Paradox

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ilana Teitelbaum

It doesn't make a difference if the U.S. president is "good for Israel". What would be "good for Israel," would be an entirely new government in Israel.

Photos From Israel That You Won't See on the News

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ilana Teitelbaum

Israel is not media savvy -- we have installed warning systems and bomb shelters. No casualties means no photos, which means that many incidents aren't even covered by the media.

In the Shadow of Airstrikes in Jerusalem

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ilana Teitelbaum

With the coming war and intifada on my mind, I realize that thousands of rockets have been fired into Israel in recent years, yet because we in Jerusalem don't get hit by them, it has always seemed removed.