I’m calling this week’s post a double feature because due to army reserve duty last week, I didn’t have time to post last week’s post. Yes, here in Israel we have army reserve duty. Army service is mandatory for all high school graduates (with some exceptions)- three years for boys, two for girls. After that, […]

Dormition Abbey, Mount Zion, outside Zion Gate, "Transitions- from old to new, from traditional to modern", Kobi Rosenthal, Israel

The big scandal of the past few days has been the question of whether or not the Israeli government should be funding cultural events even though they go against the core principles of the country. Education Minister Naftali Bennet removed a play from the list of plays subsidized by the Ministry for showing to schools, […]


The Jerusalem Light Festival has been taking place in the Old City of Jerusalem for 7 years. Every year, for one week in June, the Old City is transformed into a brilliant light show, with thousands of people visiting the festival every night, crowding through the old cobbled alleys and walkways of the four quarters […]


This week, the “drizzle” of rocket fire continued in the south. Israelis are worried that we may have a repeat of last summer. And in the meantime, life goes on. This is what you missed this week: 1. June 2nd- if you thought Israel sends aid only to third world countries such as Nepal, guess […]

This is what you missed in the last week: 1. May 26th- It was only a matter of time. This isn’t last summer, this is last week: And internal spats between Palestinian factions are no excuse for firing missiles on Israeli civilians. From The Times of Israel 2. May 27th, “Midburn Festival in the Negev […]


A lot of links have gone by, with a holiday and a university deadline in the middle. Here’s what you missed on the Wizardof.il’s Facebook in the past week + 2 days: 1. May 17th, “Frank Sinatra once appeared at “Action for Palestine” benefit concert“, from Israellycool.com And it’s not what you think… 2. May […]

The Old City of Jerusalem, as seen from Mount Scopus. My own photo.

While I write posts rather sparingly these days, I do share links and statuses on Facebook quite a lot. I’m starting a weekly blogpost, in which I’ll bring the updates from the past week. May 10th- World War II veterans in today’s parade in Jerusalem in honor of 70 years since the victory over the […]


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