Category Social Work

Carousels of Life and Death

Several years ago – five to be precise – I initiated the process of applying for an MSW, a master’s in the field of social work. I applied to three different programs (respectively in New York, Oxford, and Jerusalem) and as any application process tends to do, I couldn’t help but think about why I wanted […]

A Calendar of Films: Part Two (2006)

To date, I have only had one truly life-changing film experience.  Undoubtedly, cinema has offered me plenty of magical, moving, and memorable occasions the deposits of which have only burrowed deeper over time – but what I am speaking of is something that evokes a little more violence.  You see, things were processing quite happily […]

Level Playing Fields

As our bus rattled up the hill (not pictured above), a Pakistani guy around my age was telling me how, once as a devout Muslim, he had a dream where Jesus appeared to him.  So profound was the experience that he left everything to become a follower of this apparition, thereby incurring the contempt and […]

An Actor Named Grief and His Five Stages

A few days ago, I came across a news article on the BBC’s website which began with this photograph.  Aside from the rather generous hues of rust that embalm the ship’s side, things look fairly normal.  That is until you realize that this ship is a 150-foot Japanese squid fishing vessel that was ousted from […]

Kony 2012 and The Social Seduction of Now

I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself when I first saw this photograph a few days ago.  It was taken by American photo-journalist Glenna Gordon who at the time was covering (on assignment with AP) the peace talks between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan government on the Sudan-Congo border.  During one particular […]

The Heart of Home

*This amazing, long picture is by a talented good friend named JP* On the 14th of August, at around 11pm, I moved out of my home of two years in Israel.  I spent the preceding weeks sorting through clothes, cleaning floors and surfaces, trying (with what can only be called “limited success”) to sell various […]