Feather in My Yarmulke provides a trip through memory lane of the 3 1/2 years Marv worked, lived, laughed and loved in the Israel of yore. Life in this brave, somewhat raw but always fascinating country is described in detail, warts and all, but always with heartfelt empathy. The Israeli military, food rationing, climate, bureaucracy, religion, politics, languages, incipient tourism and even “the fair sex” – all are explored with nostalgic insight, not to mention a deft wit.

Today’s Israel is a modern, progressive, lively, well developed country, one which could easily pass as the 51st American state. Half a century back, when Marv was working there, it was a pioneer country, much like the wild west of the United States in the mid-nineteenth century, though not quite as wild.