Tel Aviv Diary - March 3, 2012 Karen Alkalay-Gut

March 3, 2012

Separation of Religion and Government. The more I keep quiet about it, the more I feel like I'm bursting. If we don't let God do more important things than tell us what to study, when to buy, how to get from here to there, where to live, how to treat our neighbors, and so on, he's just going to wear out. God should be allowed to ponder his creation while eating chocolate-covered cherries.

March 4, 2012

"Speak softly and carry a big stick." Obama quoted Teddy Roosevelt today. Exactly the opposite of what we do lately.

So I broke off my car key in my ignition today. This will make tomorrow, the first day I'm back teaching, the reading of Riva Rubin in Neve Tsedek, the 'night birds' program at one in the morning, and the final preparations for Ezi's biological therapy on Wednesday, even more interesting.

March 5, 2012

Wouldn't you like to have a wedding like this? Wedding. Wouldn't you like to have been the blushing bride? Even though we're raising the age that girls can get married to 18, there is a special exception for this group. They can marry at 16. Don't you think she's thrilled about that?

March 6, 2012

Keep your fingers crossed for Ezi - tomorrow he gets his ritoxin. I've been trying to figure out an appropriate costume for the hospital for him, but he's not totally into the idea for some reason. Maybe he should just wear a mask.

March 7, 2012

I've tried to write a number of times tonight, but wind up sounding like Hemingway. I think I've getting all the side-effects from rituxin that Ezi is bravely fending off.

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