Hey, I wrote a Tablet articleÂ about a nationwide bus trip for Jewish teenagers that teaches them about American and Jewish history, politics and civil discourse among people with differing points of view. But it involves conversations about gun control, abortion, and Israel, as well as the ingestion of non-kosher BBQ. In other words: RABID COMMENTERS AHOY.
BTW, the title of this postÂ is a reference to Gayle Forman’s Just One Day, the delightful first book of a delightful duo (or two-and-a-half-o if you count the forthcoming e-novella Just One Night) about a girl with a circumscribed life who leaves a circumscribed teen tour to have a real-world adventure and 24-hourÂ love affair. Forman’s books haveÂ absolutely nothingÂ to do with theÂ actual non-fictional teen tour I wrote about. But the name of the group the main character begins her travelsÂ with is Teen Tour! Cultural Extravaganza, with an exclamation point stuck in there like a street kebab on a stick. It made me laugh.Â (But while we’re talking about this, I think the sequel, Just One Year, is even better, and there’s even a lot of Jewish content, so my random reference just became relevant to Tablet. Yay.)