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  • Things Dads Want to Tell Their Daughters (Before It’s Too Late)

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    Recently, several fathers passed suddenly in my circle.  I thought about lessons they might have wanted to share with their daughters but lacked  the courage.  Here’s a list I made before it’s too late.

    1-  Love yourself, always. Even if you love yourself half as much as I love...

  • In Search of a Better Life.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    He was only twelve years old.  All he had was a bike and a kiss from his parents.  He left his village in Iran to travel to the capital in search of a better life.  He died surrounded by his children and a loving community at 86.

    If you showed up late to his memorial and missed...

  • Love, Awe and Fairy Tales.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    I am constantly shocked by the self imposed noose of reality worn by adults, turning them into the walking dead.

    C. S. Lewis wrote “someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”  Children live in joy, encouraged by those who nurture them to see beauty and...

  • Ten Lessons Learned from a Rabbi’s Murder.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    November 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

    1- The world is random.  No amount of holiness or payer can save a pious man from random evil.  Rabbi Moshe Twersky was a teacher of American students in Israel. His grandfather, had ordained 2,000 rabbis. His father, Rabbi Isadore Twersky, was a prominent American-Jewish leader,...

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  • Reliving the horror: sparks of a third Intifada bring back memories from almost a decade ago

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 11, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Growing up in a (relatively) small central town in Israel, hopping on a bus to Tel-Aviv with your friends is a must-do when you’re a teenager looking for a way to express your recently acclaimed adulthood. During the holidays (and sometimes in school days,) it is considered “cool”...

  • Why Jews Should Celebrate Halloween!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 30, 2014 | 5:44 pm

    Growing up in Iran, I did not have any of the electronic gadgets my children enjoy today.  Instead, what I loved was my neighborhood.

    On weekends, and during long summer days after school, we would run in the streets, unsupervised.  We would randomly join a local soccer match...

  • Immortality through Defiance:  Reyhaneh Jabbari and Lot’s Wife.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 28, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    The world shivered and cried this week at the unjust  execution of 26-year-old Reyhaneh Jabbari, hanged in Tehran on Saturday, convicted of killing a man allegedly trying to rape her.

    Lost in the reactive and temporary shame of being Iranian, a human, a man, that day, I read the...

  • Mommy dearest

    By Gina Nahai

    September 10, 2014 | 11:15 am

    Granted, some of it is plain envy — my bewilderment at parents who don’t have a scrap of doubt about what’s good for their children. The certainty starts at conception and carries on through the mother’s pregnancy and the child’s infancy, through preschool and elementary and high...

  • Our battle against Hamas is far from being over

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 10, 2014 | 9:24 am

    “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” (Golda Meir. Statement to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., 1957)


    In the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense, the Israeli Defense Forces successfully scared Hamas back to the dark caves...

  • Missing Joan, Surfin’ Israel, playing for peace and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 8, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Goodbye, Joan

    Love her, hate her – but you're surly gonna miss her.

    Jewish comedian Joan Rivers passed away in New York on Thursday, aged 81. Known for her controversial humor and for her lack of boundaries – she was heard all the way to Israel, especially when she wasn't...

  • Grieving the children of Palestine and the dream of Zionism

    September 5, 2014 | 10:22 am

    Through all the turmoil of these last weeks and months I have been tortured by thoughts of children, Jewish children, Palestinian children, Syrian, Iraqi children – all those who most innocently of all, and most grievously of all, are the victims of the Middle East Madness.

    ...

  • When God Cries

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    August 21, 2014 | 7:04 am

    In the absence of light we call night
    my children fall into the trusted dreams of tooth fairies and twirling ballerinas
    and through the sizzling silence
    I hear God crying.

    The tears are not kosher, nor halal, nor salty, nor of the cross.

    Pharaoh killed Hebrews’ first born...

  • Schmuck and the City

    By Nikki Tabibian

    August 13, 2014 | 11:57 am

         During my first months on the East Coast, snowfall, rain and hail hit The City, while a storm of vexing questions plagued my frozen suburban mind:

         How many layers are too many?
         Would it be appropriate to wear a hijab to fight off a 30-degree chill? 
         Where...

  • Wake up, Ban Ki-Moon!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 11, 2014 | 8:38 am

    Mr. Ban,

    By the time these words are being written, about half of the world population knows that you and the organization you lead are a fraud.

    You may think we're blinded by the United Nations' original purpose, but it's not 1945 anymore, and your organization is no longer...

  • Israeli soldiers writing about the Gaza crisis - read their letters (Part 2)

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 4, 2014 | 8:33 am

    Roni, Dor, Yuval and Hofni are Israelis who were called for reserve duty when Operation Protective Edge launched. Here are open letters they wrote to Israelife's readers (translated from Hebrew by yours truly.)

    [For part 1, go here. For more about everything that's Israel, visit ...

  • Just Two Weeks Ago

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 30, 2014 | 1:30 am

    I have never published a piece written by someone else on my blog, but my friend Alissa Ralston sent this to me, and I thought it deserved a wider audience. Below. With her permission, are her words. They speak for themselves.


    7/27/2014


    Just over two weeks ago I was in my...

  • Israeli soldiers writing about the Gaza crisis - read their letters

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 21, 2014 | 8:27 am

    A letter written by a 24 year-old Israeli soldier called for reserve duty near the Gaza border line:

    "Last Wednesday, we received the phone call: we were called to defend our country. Some of us had to put aside studying for Finals and other exams, others left their wives and...

  • Winning the war, losing support

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 14, 2014 | 8:38 am

    The fact that 70% of the Israeli population spend their nights and days running for shelter and that more than 1000 missiles were fired at Israel from Gaza does not matter to the world, as long as the death toll stands at zero.

    In the past week, more than 1000 missiles were fired...

  • 90 seconds of uncertainty - the first time I ran for shelter

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 10, 2014 | 8:58 am

    For the first time in my 24 years on this planet, I am truly afraid. After three days of barely leaving my house and two nights of waking up to the sounds of explosions (some actually happened, some only in my head,) all I want is for this operation to end and for the people of...

  • Top 10 reasons Israeli summer is the best in the world

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 4, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Lately, it seems as if Israel is nothing but a war-zone. With its security threat escalating, missiles being fired from Gaza and the recent tragedy regarding the three kidnapped teens, one can easily forget the true beauty of this country. True, it’s scalding hot and you sometimes...

  • Paid Family Leave: Celebrating in CA and Working for Change for the Rest of the Country

    By Maya Paley

    July 1, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    "Family leave, childcare, flexibility—these aren’t frills. They’re basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses—they should be the bottom line." --President Obama, June 21, 2014

    According to the Pew Research Center, the United States ranks last of the OECD countries in...

  • Something in it all

    By Revital Belz

    June 18, 2014 | 2:57 am

    I was eleven when I first went to sleep away camp. It was an Orthodox Jewish camp In Eastern Pennsylvania, a two hour bus ride from my New Jersey Suburban home. I boarded the bus in my oversized tan boy shorts and big grey t-shirt and the carrot sticks my mom had packed for me as a...

  • Ido Daniel, one of the #BringBackOurBoys campaign managers, talks strategy

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 15, 2014 | 8:10 am

    On Thursday nights, three Israeli teenagers went missing in Judea and Samaria, and on Saturday night were officially announced kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists. As the Israeli Defense Forces continue the search for Eyal (19) Gil-Ad (16) and Naftali (16,) a group of Israeli...

  • Capturing the Israeli summer holidays

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 11, 2014 | 9:54 am

    This past month, we celebrated three major Israeli holidays: Israel's 66th Independence Day, Lag Ba'Omer and Shavu'ot.

    Lag Ba'Omer is a Jewish holiday celebrated on the thirty-third day of the counting of the Omer (six weeks from Passover to Shavu'ot.) For most of us secular...

  • Timberlake rocks TLV, racism in basketball, future of security and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 2, 2014 | 12:12 pm

    Who talked The Rolling Stones into performing in Israel?

    Ronnie Wood, guitarist for The Rolling Stones, revealed that Bob Dylan put the idea in the Stones' circle to include Israel in their tour. In an interview with Channel 2 in response to written questions ahead of the Stones'...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 30, 2014 | 12:46 pm

    This week, I would like to tell you about a very special Israeli institute, which is all about kindness and good.  Beit Issie Shapiro (Issie Shapiro House) is an Israeli non-profit organization, known worldwide for its therapy innovations to make life easier and more inclusive for...

  • FED UP: the movie

    By Tera Greene

    May 29, 2014 | 11:38 pm

    #FEDUPMovie: It's time to rethink scary movies. It's time to get real about food.
    Sugar's got a hold on me, you, us... Aren't we FED UP yet?

    I AM ADDICTED TO SUGAR

    Sugar is an epidemic and it is killing us. Not slowly, but fast. From obesity (and childhood obesity), to diabetes to mood swings, Sugar is on a war path. And the food industry is in...

  • California: Stop Punishing Poor Families!

    By Maya Paley

    May 29, 2014 | 10:24 am

    Over one million children living in poverty in California rely on CalWORKS, the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program, for cash assistance each month. But California is one of 24 states that implemented a classist, prejudiced, and harmful policy in the...

  • Educating the next generation to care

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 28, 2014 | 8:47 am

    "World Peace" – a lifetime wish we all carry in our hearts. Every day when we read the news, we pray for a hate-free world, but how can we achieve this world when we are the ones pushing it further away?! Furthermore, how can more attention dedicated to educating the younger...

  • Living in the shadows – the story of the Holocaust’s “Hidden Children”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 25, 2014 | 8:23 am

    When remembering the horrors of the Holocaust, one can’t avoid thinking about the kids. Jewish children who lived in Europe during the Third Reich were forced into a grown-up perspective on life and skipped the innocence of the childhood. They did not laugh, they did not play, they...

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