Growing Up In Israel, Part 10

Homeward Bound by Ilana Masad This is the final installment in Ilana Masad’s memoir. Read other installments in the series here. UNLIKE MANY American teens, I applied to colleges after I graduated from high school, because there are no guidance counselors in the Israeli education system to help students with that task; they’re not needed, […]

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Growing Up in Israel, Part 9

To IDF or Not IDF, That Is the Question by Ilana Masad Read other installments in this series here. WHEN MY FRIENDS and I turned 16, we all began receiving, in the order of our birthdays, our first call to arms — that is to say, our first summons from Tzahal, the IDF as it’s […]

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Growing Up in Israel, Part 8

DMW by Ilana Masad Read other installments in this series here. THE DAY my father went to the doctor’s appointment that would tell us if he did or did not have lung cancer, I happened to have several friends sitting in a row on my bed at home. When I heard my parents coming in, […]

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Growing Up in Israel, Part 7

Auschwitz: Roses and Malls by Ilana Masad Read other installments in this series here. IN BETWEEN 10th and 11th grades, my high school, like most high schools in Israel, offered a guided trip to Poland. My father was very ill at the time, and I had been helping to take care of him. Despite that […]

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Growing Up in Israel, Part 6

Junior High in Tel Aviv by Ilana Masad Read other installments in this series here. GIVATAYIM, where I grew up, has elementary schools that go from 1st to 8th grade. High school is 9th through 12th. No junior high. But when I was in 6th grade, I’d had enough: I’d been bullied both physically and […]

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Growing Up in Israel, Part 5

11.9.2001 by Ilana Masad Read other installments in this series here. I MET ORIN (pronounced O-reen) in nursery school in Israel when we were both 3. We circled around a tree avoiding one another and then became friends. We did weird things together throughout nursery school and then kindergarten (played games with a broken radio; […]

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Growing Up in Israel, Part 4

Passed Over (and Thankful) by Ilana Masad Read other installments in this series here. THE FIRST INTIFADA wasn’t called “the first” until the second came along. It’s like a World War at this point; there wasn’t a World War I before there was a World War II, there was only the Great War. History seems […]

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Growing Up in Israel, Part 3

Voting Rights (or Lefts) by Ilana Masad Read other installments in this series here. WHEN I WAS 6, the excitement of going for the first time with my parents to my elementary school to watch them vote was palpable. My mother took me with her behind the flimsy cardboard booth where we put two pieces […]

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Growing Up In Israel, Part 2

Yes to Peace, No to Violence by Ilana Masad Read other installments in this series here. MOVING FROM ONE COUNTRY to another involves a lot of getting ready and a lot of time spent in limbo. Even today, as my mother prepares to leave Israel twenty-two years after she arrived, the process of moving across […]

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Growing Up in Israel, Part 1

We Were Not Zionists by Ilana Masad Read other installments in this series here. THERE ARE MANY REASONS why people move to Israel. For some, it is getting away from oppressive countries or economies and coming to a place where they automatically get citizenship. For others, there is a deep connection to the idea of […]

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