Jewish Journal

  • Don’t kill us

    by Daniel Steinberg, Mona Ghannoum, Margo Feuer and Marwa Abdeghani

    3 hours ago

    We are teenagers on summer vacation. Some of us are religious Jews and some of us are religious Muslims. We are in different places and we come from different places.

    We are your future.  And four quite like us -- Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer, Eyal Yifrach, and Mohammed Abu...

  • Letters from Israeli soldiers part III

    Translated by Noga Gur-Arieh

    22 hours ago

    A letter written by Yoav (28) who is currently on standby near the northern border line:

    "We are now deep into a military operation, an operation we knew was coming as soon as the latest operation came to an end back in 2012. Not because we did not get meaningful results, but...

  • Letters from Israeli soldiers part II

    Translated by Noga Gur-Arieh

    22 hours ago

    A letter written by Sara (23) who was called for reserve duty at Israel's Home Front Command:

    "To you, the person reading this letter,

    I was called for reserve duty in the middle of the day, while I was with the children I am working with. I cried. It was after the...

  • Finding unity in a bomb shelter

    by Aaron D. Panken, JTA

    1 day ago

    When the siren sounded, the Rolling Stones’ tortured 1969 track “Gimme Shelter” popped into my head, oddly enough.

    That haunting song offered a stunning reminder of the endless horrors of war, reawakening a sleepy world with a vivid musical picture of human pain in times of...

  • Discovering that Israeli troops aren’t made of Teflon

    by Marcy Oster, JTA

    1 day ago

    My children have been following the Gaza operation since it began 15 days ago.

    They really have no choice, our television is turned to news reports of the operation during all of my waking hours, which are longer than theirs. My son staring at his iPod this evening complained...

  • Why I side with Israel

    By David Suissa

    1 day ago

    Is it OK to take sides in a war? Is it OK to side with a country you love, a country whose values you believe in, a country that celebrates life but is being attacked by enemies who glorify death?

    And how do you champion your side while still showing sensitivity for the pain of...

  • The war zone

    by Leah Damski

    2 days ago

    As the hourly barrages of rockets continue from Gaza to Israel, I can’t help but focus simultaneously on my own personal challenge, though it be of little significance in comparison- my big, hot, third trimester of pregnancy, showing all the signs of “advanced maternal age,”...

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