by Ruth Andrew Ellenson

The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt

When I was 15 I spent my junior year or high school in a small, cold city in the north of Israel. Desperate to flee the cows and orange groves, I would ascend to Jerusalem on weekends to hang out on Ben Yehuda. In the maze of alleyways that branched out from it, which I clung to like a tree of life, I found tea houses and book stores—perfect hangouts for an alienated teenage girl 10,000 miles away from home.

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