A couple of hours after I first arrived in Jerusalem I was in the Shuk, and thirty minutes after I'd entered the Shuk it was pouring rain and a lovely Italian reporter I'd just met was ushering me into a cab. We were headed to the bookstore-café Tmol Shilshom, where the host of Israel Story was performing a reading of the satirist S. Y. Agnon's work.
Oh, did I happen to mention that the parents of one of my best friends and favorite people in Boston were there as well?
"I had no idea you'd be at this event!" I exclaimed to her stepmother, flying into her arms.
"Be at this event? I am this event," she responded. True story. To the left of Mishy, up front, is professor Sidra Ezrahi.