Genealogy: when too much is too much

Preface: a piece I wrote for Family Tree Magazine several years back: Don't Prune That Tree Wherever we go-whether it's Israel, Canada, Colombia, Slovakia, Australia or America-I can usually name a local cousin or two from the thousands of people I've researched over the years. My kids, exasperated, invariably ask, “A real cousin? Does he … Continue reading Genealogy: when too much is too much

Pnina Gutman: Who Am I and What’s My Name??

On receiving results of a genealogical DNA test  (going back some 5-6 generations),  I found that I'm  related, somehow, to Pnina Gutman. Those who follow my writing may recall that, several years ago, I wrote a piece, "Who Am I and What's My Name?" describing her search for her identity. Tragically, she's still looking.     … Continue reading Pnina Gutman: Who Am I and What’s My Name??

Dust Storm

  A gigantic dust storm is covering all of Israel.  Reminds me of my years in Beersheva, in the Negev.  Dust storms were fairly frequent, and because our house was old, its doors and windows were not air-tight.  So every day of dust, I  washed all the clothes we wore, washed our hair, changed all … Continue reading Dust Storm