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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


Jerusalem Post

67-plus-one new reasons I love Israel  

By Barbara Sofer

I’ve been writing these columns in honor of Independence Day for a decade and a half, but I never run out of new reasons I love Israel.

Here they are, for Yom Ha’atzmaut 2015, in no particular order: 1. Who says we’re not traditional? We consume 1,600 tons of honey and 15,000 tons of apples on Rosh Hashana.

The custom includes Ethiopian immigrants who eat yemarima yewotet bread, sweetened with honey and favored with spices.

2. Who says we’re not traditional? Seventy- three percent of us fast on Yom Kippur, 84% in Jerusalem.

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