It's the high point of the week for Adi Maloul: an art session with friends at Beit Hagalgalim (House of Wheels) in Herzliya.
Even as organizations are canceling their summer Israel programs, for some teens already in Israel the experience is proving invaluable.
Have you ever been to the funeral of a 10-month-old? It has to be one of the most unnatural of human experiences. The burial of an infant who was deliberately murdered by terrorists is all the more tragic for the baseless hate it represents.
Maybe something positive will come out of the current crisis in Israel after all. Perhaps the arrival of many groups from communities all over the world will help further the understanding between Israelis and Diaspora Jews and lead to greater cooperation.
It was a day that no one in the Goldenberg family will ever forget. It started out as the celebration of the Bar Mitzvah of their only son, Evan, but it turned out to be a day marked by the emotional highs and lows of life in Jerusalem in violent times.
Shiva calls are always difficult, but what do you say to a family who sits numbed by the unspeakable violence committed against their 35-year-old son and played on TV screens all over the world?