Melody Amsel-Arieli


A Custodian Of Memories

By Melody Amsel-Arieli

One day, to enhance his act, a peg-legged tightrope walker balanced a small iron cooking stove on his back. During one ill-fated performance, the high wire snapped and the performer fell to the ground, mortally wounded. A priest administered the last rites, then leaned down to catch the man’s dying words. The acrobat gasped, “But I’mRead More


Remembering the Rosh Hashanah Cards of Yesteryear

By Melody Amsel-Arieli

When I was a child in New Jersey, I would correspond with a cousin who lived in Israel. I relished the missives I got from afar. Back then, my thoughts of Israel were based on what I saw in my Hebrew school textbook, “World Over”: women on tractors and desert battles. The letters were a big deal for a Jersey girl. Each one, with its exoticRead More



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