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Illustration: Denis ShifrinRecalling the time a bunch of us&...
The canyon approach to Petra (Photos: Mike Altman, Baruch and Mimi Tanaman)

The Treasury, Petra’s most famous facade

Ancient mosaic church-floor map detailing the columns along Jerusalem's Cardo

An oasis of souvenirs in the Wadi Rum desert

Sights of Petra, from simple homes to palatial tombs, all carved into the mountainsides

Echoes of ancient desert caravans

The whole happy ESRA group in Jordan's Wadi Rum desert

There are some countries that as soon as you enter, you feel...

An Avoidance play is a technique whereby declarer, given a c...
Top: Bobby Darin, Ringo Starr, Roberta Flack, Paul Simon Bottom: ,Abba, Helen Reddy and Willie Nelson

All Photos: WikipediaSome slipped discs!Bobby Darin's: "Spli...
The Museum wing named after Sammy Ofer (Photo: Lydia Aisenberg )

The bust of Israeli shipping magnate Sammy Ofer in the National Maritime Museum, London (Photo: Flickr)

During a recent sojourn to London, I included a visit to Gre...
"My beautiful boat Eagle III"

Eagle III at her moorings

On December 15, 1986, Eagle III put out to sea from Cape Tow...
Negotiating one of the many locks

Henry Gild (left) and family enjoying a meal on board narrow boat Martha

Story and photos by Henry Gild​My wife Chippy and mysel...
Ladies show their skills at city's fair

For the third year running, ESRA Modiin has partic...

I love to travel. When I was young, I hitch-hiked all over E...

 Only Israelis...Start honking their car horn when the ...

 One day long ago, when I was five years old, my mother...
 Paying more attention to heaven, the 'learned man' sli...
David Chester with ESRAmagazines on his delivery round (Photo: Avigail Chester)

One bright Tuesday morning on completing the preliminaries,O...


Presenting a conversation of the future"Carly, I would like ...

Bob pictured enjoying a beer in a London pub

I was always interested in collecting things - stamps, coins...

Two avid bridge players having argued over the years as to t...

Although I only play mini-golf, I'm probably Tiger Woods' bi...
My buddy Yisroel called me."Can I come over right now? I nee...

The author Carl Hoffman as drawn by Denis Shifrin in February 2006




 Whenever a feature needed brightening up we turned to ...
Grandpa and Yirmy in the Natural History Museum, London, looking at all that remains of the poor, defenseless Dodo

Grandpa Mike and Yirmy Porter ... with Harry Potter somewhere in London’s Palace Theater behind them

Barmitzvah treat for grandsonSome months ago Yirmy turned 13...