The New Abnormal: Family Strife, Iron Dome Picnics and Bar Refaeli Under Fire

Seven days into Israel's Gaza offensive, some notes from the home front.

Everyone knows what it’s like at the end of a big fireworks display. While at first, the colorful explosions in the sky are carefully timed, with long pauses in the middle between the booms, at the finale, it’s time to let loose, there is boom after boom, and the skies are filled with white smoke.