Opening Thoughts

BY Maayan Jaffe
October 16, 2013

When my husband and I were married 12 years ago, I had a dog named Sami. She was the cutest little 8-pound Papillon-Labrador mix. I would put her in my briefcase and hide her under my desk at work at the Jerusalem Post. Then one day I found out I was pregnant. It took me CONTINUE »

October 10, 2013

“How are you handling it?” It’s the first question people ask me now, referring to my every-other-week commute from Kansas City to Baltimore. I smile and say how fortunate I am and that it all works out. Except when it doesn’t. Like when my flight was delayed for seven hours and then canceled on erev, CONTINUE »

October 3, 2013

Having been a professional journalist for almost six years now, I am hopelessly addicted to telling stories. I love the variety in subject matter and getting to meet all kinds of people. Every now and then, I get to write a story that really stops me in my tracks. In this week’s issue of the CONTINUE »

BY Maayan Jaffe
September 25, 2013

In 2012, almost 700,000 immigrants became U.S. citizens. Practically speaking, that means these people passed a citizens exam, and their legal status changed. But I wonder how long it takes for these people to feel American? Can it happen before the formal stamp of legitimacy, which takes about five years? Will it take several years CONTINUE »

September 18, 2013

“Good things come to those who wait.” Do you remember that Heinz ketchup commercial? It was such a good message, one of which I was recently reminded. Sherri Zaslow, director of marketing and sales for Tudor Heights, had been hounding me for months to come and see the facility. For months, I did not make CONTINUE »