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Barbara Sofer

Award-winning writer and lecturer Barbara Sofer grew up in a small town in Connecticut, and moved to Israel in 1971. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her articles -taking on a wide range of subjects from ethnic cooking to terrorism--have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Parents, Readers' Digest, Woman's Day, Hadassah Magazine and Inside Magazine among many others. She writes a bi-weekly column for the Friday Jerusalem Post.

Barbara has written five books and contributed to several others


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The Human Spirit: Airbnb and the peril of reviews  

By Barbara Sofer

Ever notice just how often we're asked to review products and experiences? The moment you land, you get a text message asking to evaluate your dinner tray. You order from Amazon and get to rate the packaging, not just the product. Once we asked travel agents or friends for recommendations.

Today, few would book an unknown hotel without reading reviews. But the experience of being reviewed as a guest is new, at least to me.

Last summer, instead of seeking a single vacation venue for our blessedly large family, my husband and I decided to tailor individual vacations for each of our five children, their spouses and their children. We tried Airbnb.

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