Gidon Lev, 86 year-old Holocaust Survivor. Photo by Erez Kagaonvitz | Humans of the Holocaust

Most people were dubious when I decided to try Tik Tok to promote my book. Tik Tok? The social media platform where people lip-synch and turn their eyelids inside out? Yep, that one.

My book, The True Adventures of Gidon Lev: Rascal. Holocaust Survivor. Optimist. had been published independently in…


I spent 3 years writing a book, then I couldn’t find a literary agent to represent it. It’s a cliché, really. But there were extenuating circumstances. The subject of my book, The True Adventures of Gidon Lev, was in his mid-eighties, and there was some kind of mysterious virus beginning…


If you are like most of us, the amount of time you spend reading fluctuates throughout your life. We go through fallow periods when it seems we just don’t have time — or the state of mind, really, to read. Some people, on the contrary, keep careful track of how…


It’s the eve of Rosh Hashana. My favorite Jewish holiday. Summer is beginning to become a slightly cooler version of itself and Israel will be on lockdown for the second time in six months. Israel has one of the highest infection rates per capita in the world and according to…


Gidon Lev was busy sending an email to Steven Spielberg. Gidon insisted that the famed filmmaker and director would undoubtedly be V E R Y interested in making a film adaptation of his book, The True Adventures of Gidon Lev.

First, I had no idea that Spielberg’s middle name was…


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I’m really interested in the use of the word “apocalypse” in pop culture over the past several decades. The End Times — or apocalypse has gone from a sincere belief to a joke to an actual worry.

The End Times, Rapture, Apocalypse — these are not exactly the same things…


Everybody is scared. Me too. Me three. Me one-thousand. The life that I am guarding is not my own but that of my beloved life partner, who is 85 years old. As I write this in Israel, there are 1656 documented cases of Coronavirus. We have had our first fatality…


I am angry. At myself. At all of us. I know this is a very cheeky take on a very powerful, well-known poem by Martin Niemöller but as I write this book about the life of Gidon Lev, I am angry and I am scared about what is happening in…


“I don’t get it. It’s like a slot machine. You put in a quarter, pull the lever, get a result and do it again. “

I stared at my clearly insane non-Facebook friend as we sat awkwardly over coffee IRL. Unfollow. She clearly doesn’t get it, I thought. Facebook is…


As we sift through the rubble on the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump, most of us are feeling as if we have completely lost our bearings. Fake news, dossiers, Wikileaks, Buzzfeed, black is white and up is down. Everything is fake, nothing is true yet everything is so…

Julie Gray

Julie Gray is a writer and editor living in Tel Aviv | www.juliegrayediting.com

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