בימים אחרים, הייתי כותבת את הטור שלי באנגלית ומעבירה אותו לתרגום. את הטור הזה, כתבתי ישר בעברית. התבקשתי על ידי העורכים שלי ב”אדם עולם“, המגזין של הקהילה האנתרופוסופית בישראל, להתייחס לנושא של הכשרות שקשורות לאנתרופוסופיה: הכשרות חינוך, רופאים, מחנכים וכדומה. פשוט, נכון? זהו, שלא כל כך. ועוד החלטתי שהפעם, אני מתכוונת לכתוב את הכל בעברית – פעולה מאתגרת ומתסכלת.
אבל כנראה שכל האימיילים והפוסטים שהכרחתי את עצמי לכתוב בעברית בשנים האחרונות – לפעמים עם עזרה ולפעמים בלי – עשו את שלהם, כי משום מה, הצלחתי. יפה, לא? אינני רוצה להגיד שזה היה ממש באופן מפתיע, כי תכלס, בשלב זה הרגשתי מספיק בטוחה ביכולות שלי לפחות לנסות, וכמישהי שכותבת אופן מקצועית (אומנם בשפה אחרת), אני תמיד רודפת אחרי אתגרי כתיבה. למזלי, האתגר הזה מצא אותי, וזה מה שיצא.by Liza Rosenberg
Whiling the hours away at home during my son’s high-risk pregnancy, I started a blog. My friend Ashley talked me into it, and as I recall, it didn’t take too much convincing. As a technical writer I desperately needed an outlet that would satisfy my creative desires and, if I was being honest with myself, I wanted to see how my writing would be received by others – assuming, of course, that people would actually be interested in anything I had to say.
I wrote about whatever topics happened to pop into my head, and while I had a propensity for writing about current events and politics, I rarely shared anything too controversial. I soon developed a very small following of readers and my initial foray into the blogging world was pleasant and uneventful. It was also short-lived; once my son was born, I could scarcely find time to eat let alone write, and blog posts slowly petered down to nothing. (more…)by Liza Rosenberg
There’s something about my birthday drawing near that always makes me feel like putting the proverbial pen to paper to do a bit of soul-searching. In 2009, it resulted in a blog post about musical influences, and in 2010, it resulted in a mind-spill of self-reflection.
Now here I am in 2013, trying to figure out how to mark my latest trip around the sun (in writing, anyway – the real-life celebrations are being taken care of as I write this…). I’ve been tossing a few ideas around in my mind and brainstorming with a few of my closest friends, and what you’ll find below is a result of that process. Since my son turned nine last week (and because nine fits nicely into 45, but we all know the first reason sounds much better…), I’ve divided the list into five categories with nine items each, mostly in random order. I’ve included a slew of links to relevant old blog posts, and just for fun, I’ve linked almost every instance of the word “poetry” (or variations thereof) to a different poem of mine, so be sure to check those out too. You can hover over each link to read its brief description.
About me: (more…)by Liza Rosenberg
Several weeks prior to Passover, my editor at Haaretz contacted me with a story assignment – profiling several Israeli women’s organizations in order to mark International Women’s Day. We compiled a list of possible choices and selected three very different groups for the article – Or Chaya – The World Center for the Jewish Woman (based in Jerusalem), Economic Empowerment for Women (based in Haifa) and comme il faut (based in Tel Aviv), a company with a very strong feminist agenda that runs a fashion house as well as other women-related concerns.
I loved having the opportunity to become acquainted with these organizations, both by perusing their websites and speaking with representatives of each group. I was also amused to discover that Sisters, the trendy little sex toy shop that a few friends and I had popped into on a whim last summer in Tel Aviv, was renting space in Bayit Ba’namal, a building owned by comme il faut… 🙂
The article can be found here, or by clicking on the image below.
by Liza Rosenberg
…the title of my latest story for Haaretz. Moving to a new country is never easy, even when it’s something you really want to do. When the decision involves uprooting your kids, making that move can prove to be even more challenging. Pals Zahava Bogner and Jamie Traeger-Muney were kind enough to share their aliyah stories with me for this piece, and Jamie, a psychologist by profession and one of the founders of Olim4olim, provided me with lots of great professional advice.
The article can be found here.by Liza Rosenberg
As I wrote in this blog post, I recently had the privilege to profile Tel Aviv’s Gallery of International Naive Art for Haaretz‘s ESSENCE Lifestyle Magazine. What an amazing experience that was! Now that you’ve had a chance to read my personal thoughts about the gallery and naive art, how about reading the article itself?
Click the image below to read the entire article.by Liza Rosenberg
Through my work as a freelance writer, I’m often given opportunities to meet interesting individuals and explore topics and establishments whose paths would probably not have crossed with mine otherwise. I feel very fortunate to have a skill that allows me to do this, not to mention feeling incredibly lucky to have an editor with a knack for providing me with assignments that never fail to excite me and enrich my life somehow.
For my most recent assignment, I was asked to visit and then write about an art gallery. Though not an expert by anyone’s stretch of the imagination, I’ve always enjoyed visiting galleries and museums. As with any medium, some genres move me more than others, and it’s on a completely visceral level. That being said, I was absolutely not prepared for what awaited me at the Gallery of International Naïve Art (GINA). I’m sure I’ve encountered naïve art before without giving too much thought to the genre itself. It can be found all over the world, with a distinct set of attributes that characterizes this type of artwork no matter where the artist is from or when the painting was created. The genre is utterly timeless, and one of the most defining characteristics is that the artists are self-taught, having received no formal training. The paintings explode with warm colors and intricate detail that draws people in, speaking straight to the heart. There’s no need for explanations or commentary; the images simply speak for themselves.
And I was blown away by what I saw. (more…)by Liza Rosenberg
At this point, I’m sure it comes as no secret to anyone that I love to write. Stringing words into sentences and stories brings me a great deal of pleasure, whether I’m doing it for work or play. Sometimes, when it comes to work assignments, I do the best I can with a subject that doesn’t really resonate with me, but other times, I feel truly privileged to be able to do what I do, especially when it comes to raising awareness of important issues. This is one of those times.
Through my work as a freelance writer for the Haaretz newspaper’s Commercial Department, I was recently given the opportunity to meet with Joseph Gitler, director of Israel’s largest national food bank and food rescue organization – Leket. I was given a tour of their facilities and spoke with Joseph at great length about the amazing organization he founded as well as topics such as poverty, need, nutrition, voluntarism Leket , environmental sustainability and more.
The link below takes you to the article I wrote as a result of that meeting. It was published in Haaretz’s “The Power of Giving” supplement, which was distributed with Monday’s English-language edition of the newspaper. (more…)by Liza Rosenberg
I think I may have cut my editor off mid-sentence when she asked if I’d be interested in doing a story about the Recanati Winery, for obviously, there was no question in my mind that this was a story I wanted to do. I was given a private tour of the winery by charming head winemaker, Gil Shatsberg, and then had the opportunity to chat with him and winery CEO Noam Jacoby over an outstanding array of wines (the rosé was my personal favorite…) , cheeses and bread. If you listen to my recording of the interview, you can periodically hear corks being popped, the clinking of wine glasses and wine being poured. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it… (more…)by Liza Rosenberg
I’ve been staring at my computer screen for some time now, trying to come up with a zippy little introduction for my first article in the Haaretz lifestyle magazine ESSENCE, which hit the newsstands on Friday. I don’t know if it’s the lack of caffeine in my system, the lack of caffeine in my system, or the lack of caffeine in my system, but nothing exciting comes to mind.
In any event, the article is about the more than 30 walking tours run by the Association for Tourism Tel Aviv-Jaffa, including the four free tours in English (the rest are in Hebrew). The article isn’t on the Haaretz website, so I’ve taken the liberty of uploading to my blog (having used a total of three different computers for scanning, PDFing and uploading, thank you very much). I loved writing the article, probably because the tours all sound so fascinating! (more…)by Liza Rosenberg