Praying to make the grade

Bang! Bang! Bang! “Miss Elisss, it’s time to wake up. Misssss!” Confused and a tad bit grumpy, I opened my eyes to find myself sprawled across my couch. Peering at my front door, I blurrily made out the shapes of two teachers shivering outside in the pitch-black darkness. Even in Indonesia, it can be somewhat…

Ami Meets a Jew

From the archives: April 2013 Ami, a 23-year old college grad from Indonesia’s northernmost province of Aceh, is a 9/11 conspiracy theorist. “I hear no Jews died in 9/11 because they made the attack.  It’s true, yeah?” Tell him otherwise and he laughs and shakes his head. “No, I don’t believe.” Affable with a handsome…