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Foreign Relations — “Necessary Stories” from The Jerusalem Report

April 8th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman “You never play your flute anymore.” Yael and Aharon squeezed into a corner of the standing area by the rear door of the 34 bus, which smelled of exhaust and wet ponchos. Until last week they had gone down to Ben-Zakkai each Sunday and Wednesday to get the 4 alef to Mt. Scopus […]

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Justice — “Necessary Stories” from The Jerusalem Report

March 22nd, 2014 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman Ornan was staring at his locker and muttering under his breath when I tossed my backpack onto the bench and felt for my keys in my pocket. I’ve had a bottom locker for years at the Jerusalem Pool, hard to see into but easy to pull my gear out of. He first showed […]

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The Dryad — “Necessary Stories” from The Jerusalem Report

December 31st, 2013 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman She laughed and shook her head as she unrolled the clingy plastic from around her slug-shaped sandwich. Down below, raucous teenagers gamboled in a spring that seemed to be the source of the river along which she and her companions had hiked all morning. She laughed at how easy it had been not […]

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Inta Omri — “Necessary Stories” from The Jerusalem Report

December 2nd, 2013 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman Ilana elbowed me and eyed the couple sitting to our left in the Hirsch Theater. Shaken out of the reverie brought on by the Tarshiha Orchestra’s rendition of Um Kulthum’s hit song “Raq al-Habib,” “The Servitude of Love,” I followed her gaze. The woman to my left was tapping out a text message […]

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Dirty Jokes — “Necessary Stories” from The Jerusalem Report

October 17th, 2013 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman The old clock on the café counter inside ticked at least five times before the men began to laugh. At first it was just Nissim, whose trinket shop was just up the hill on Strauss Street, on the border of Mea Shearim. He guffawed as if he didn’t really want to, as if […]

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Nobody Smiles — “Necessary Stories” column from The Jerusalem Report

December 14th, 2012 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman Is there a dictionary of smiles? I need one. I know what my own smiles mean. I think of my face as a simple platform. It exhibits a range of smiles that clearly convey a certain range of messages, from “that’s nice” to “go away.” The male face has evolved so many layers […]

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