Ben Sales (JTA)

An Attack on My Israeli Neighborhood, 6,000 Miles Away

Ben Sales (JTA)
June 15, 2016

Two weeks ago, I lived a two-minute walk from the scene of Wednesday’s attack. Sarona, a chic pedestrian mall filled with shops, restaurants and play areas, was where my wife and I took weekend walks with our newborn son in his stroller. It was where I met colleagues for a mid-afternoon coffee. Occasionally, it was where we splurged on a nice dinner, as many Israelis were doing when the shooting began Wednesday.

An Experiment in Wearing My Kippah in Italy

Ben Sales (JTA)
August 25, 2015

During my four months studying in Italy in the fall of 2007, you could say I had more than my fair share of strange Jewish experiences.

Running late for a train one morning in Florence, I decided the best course of action would be to lay tefillin (phylacter

Sharansky’s Kotel plan loses support from both sides

Ben Sales (JTA)
April 30, 2013

Following a court ruling in their favor, leaders of an organization pushing for women's prayer rights at the Western Wall have withdrawn their endorsement of Natan Sharansky’s compromise proposal to expand the egalitarian section there.

A Jerusalem District