“It is false advertising,” complains an American woman in Tel Aviv. “They give this illusion of a traveling people. But then they all come back to Israel.” She is referring to Israeli men, like her boyfriend, who travel the world and in the process discover non-Jewish, non-Israeli romantic partners to seduce into moving to Israel.
Surgery is wrong. This was what I convinced myself over a two-year stint of excessive holistic health care. Thanks to an imbalanced reliance on acupuncture, I neglected a herniated disc until it ruptured somewhere between Washington, D.C., and Salvador, Brazil. When I found out I needed surgery, I was forced to evaluate what, exactly, I saw wrong with cutting a human open and realigning her interior.