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Surviving explosions and IDF artillery in Israel

The first time it happened to me I was sitting on a bench outside of my Israel apartment in late March last year. It was night and I was studying my microbiology flashcards by streetlight. It was a better environment […]

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Surviving explosions and IDF artillery in Israel

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The first time it happened to me I was sitting on a bench outside of my Israel apartment in late March last year. It was night and I was studying my microbiology flashcards by streetlight. It was a better environment […]

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Suffering from The ‘Tetris Effect’ in Israel helps me see Baltimore

Have you ever heard of the Tetris effect? After playing the Soviet puzzle game for, say, hours and hours and hours on end, it starts to alter your perceptions of

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Stopping to enjoy a moment in Israel

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Sweating Hebrew in Israel

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What I love about Israel

The weight of culture shock isn't easily thrown off. Even though I am just several months away from having been here for two full years, I still find myself

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Movie time in Israel provides study break for med student

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What is Easter like in Be’er Sheva? It’s not like anything because it’s Passover here. I’m such a funny guy. But really, unless you’re a Christian, or a somewhat attuned

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How did I end up in Israel studying to be a doctor?

You may ask, well, how did I get here? Heavy brown fabric covered the three walls of my cubicle. It was the sort of fabric that was so dense you

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