Jerusalem residents may be experiencing the biggest snowstorm to hit the city in 30 or more years. The storm has brought cold and trouble from Syria to Cairo, making life harder for an area that's already embroiled in problems.
Jews scattered across the world are celebrating the last of the eight nights of Hannukah. And while the texts and songs and traditions are remarkably similar, Hanukkah in Israel is more a public affair than a private one.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu usually gets around by motorcade. But, last Saturday, I looked over the balcony of my fourth-floor apartment in Jerusalem and there he was, standing below wearing sneakers and a black shirt. He'd stopped to help an old man take out the trash.