I, too, have constructed my own narrative over the years. Though my parents are both Jewish, as a child I was more comfortable with Christianity.
Joanna Chen has written for Newsweek, The Daily Beast, The Los Angeles Review of Books and The Millions, among others. Her poetry and translations have been published most recently in Poet Lore, Word Riot and The Bakery. She blogs at www.joannachen.com and tweets at @joannachen1.
Working as a journalist during the second intifada compelled me both to acknowledge my Jewish identity and to obliterate it - a disguise mechanism with which Steven Sotloff would have been all too familiar.
American-born scholar Shamma Friedman, who is to receive the Israel Prize for Talmud Studies, is a great advocate of using the Internet data base for better understanding the text.
At a cost of $3 million, the artifacts from the doomed boat will dock in Tel Aviv from June 5 - August 28.
Never too far behind the curve on lifestyle trends, Israelis are increasingly following the high-fat, meat-centric Paleo diet.
With 40 percent of Israel's teenagers living under the poverty line, at-risk teens need more attention than ever.
This leading Israeli industrialist's tenacity in the face of illness is an inspiration for all.