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About Aaron Leibel 

09/07/2020 12:00:00 AM


Aaron Leibel is the author of the acclaimed memoir, Figs and Alligators: An American...Read more...

Parental Angst 

10/21/2020 10:20:42 AM


In Figs, I stress how the Israel of 2020 is so different from the country in which my family and l lived during the 1970s and 1980s.   But I’m sure some things haven’t changed — such as parents’ anguish as their oldest child begins his or her army service.  In 1985, our oldest daughter Lauren was inducted into the IDF. Bonnie and I accompanied her to the recruiting station in Jerusalem where she and her fellow...Read more...

The IDF and Troubled Recruits

10/21/2020 09:23:49 AM


What can the IDF do about a disturbed soldier who wants out? This strange novel, which I reviewed for The Jerusalem Post this summer, tries to answer that question. 


Me Before 'Figs'

10/13/2020 05:37:31 PM


Aaron Leibel

Figs and Alligators begins with me at university about to meet Bonnie, who would become my wife. Sure, in a sense my life began then. It’s hard for me to remember being single — a lot of that proverbial water has passed under that acclaimed bridge since then — but there was life before...Read more...

Online interview

10/13/2020 05:07:03 PM


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How Much Should We Tell Our Children?

10/07/2020 10:19:15 AM


How much of our people’s troubles should we share with our kids? This children’s book, set in the time of the Jewish expulsion from Spain, provides an answer. more...

Kashrut --Israel Style

10/07/2020 10:06:48 AM


In the Diaspora, the subject kashrut — keeping kosher — is relatively simple. All Orthodox, some very traditional Conservative (such as at my synagogue, Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim in Silver Spring, Md.) and a few Reform Jews adhere to the dietary laws. (A few non-Jews, believing that kosher food is somehow cleaner or more healthy, eat food with kosher certifications, but, of course, keeping kosher is much more involved than just that. Eating...Read more...

The IDF is Great - But Not Perfect 

09/30/2020 12:00:00 AM


Israelis and Zionists in the Diaspora have reason to be proud of the Israel Defense Forces. Its victory in the War of Independence — despite being vastly outnumbered and outgunned by the Arab armies —deserves to be considered as a Bible-like miracle. 

The dismantling of the Arab world’s armies and the elimination of their air forces in six days in 1967 ranks as one of the outstanding military achievements of the 20th...Read more...

An Israeli Moment

09/30/2020 12:00:00 AM


If you are familiar with Israel, I almost will be able to hear you say, "Yeah, that's Israel, alright" when you finish reading this post.

Every year, when my wife and I visit our family in the Jewish state, we have a "yom Leibel," Leibel day, when the sons-in-law and the grandchildren are left at home and the daughters, Bonnie and I do something together.

A few years ago, we were visiting some of the spots in Jerusalem that...Read more...

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