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  • When God Cries

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

         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

    3 weeks ago

    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 ...

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  • 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...

  • Winter Olympics, Bar Refaeli’s guilty pleasure, A Guiness record and more - This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 10, 2014 | 8:13 am

    President Peres enters Guiness Book of World Records

    After making history in so many ways, Israeli President Shimon Peres will now take his place in the Guiness Book of World Records as the lecturer with the biggest civics class in history. On Thursday, Peres, via video, gave a...

  • Noa, Noam most popular names for Jewish babies in Israel

    December 2, 2013 | 2:41 pm

    Noa for girls and Noam for boys were the most popular names for Jewish babies born in Israel in 2012.

    Israel’s Central Bureau for Statistics released the list of names Monday.

    Noa, of biblical origin, was followed in order by Shira, which means song; Tamar, a biblical name and...

  • My last Halloween

    By Gina Nahai

    October 30, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    These days it creeps up on me like an ache — the occasional pumpkin in a front yard, the synthetic cobwebs in trees, the subtle turn in the weather and, yes, there’s that feeling in the pit of my stomach, the hollowness of those dreams in which you’re lost in a white tunnel, with...

  • Shabbat Shalom!

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    October 25, 2013 | 9:29 am

    I am a rabbi, married to another rabbi, and completely committed to giving our kids a childhood built on Judaism and Jewish values.

    Having said that, I must confess: I love Halloween.

    When my oldest son was not yet one, we dressed him in a pumpkin costume and took him around...

  • Shabbat Shalom!

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    October 18, 2013 | 11:28 am

    Shabbat Shalom!


    Every Friday, I'll be offering a story, recipe, suggestion, or idea to inspire you and your family to make the coming Shabbat extra special - and for this first "Shabbat Shalom!" post, I thought I would offer a snapshot of what Shabbat looks like in my home.

    ...

  • “We cry and scream for the ones whose voices cannot be heard.”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 6, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Eyal Edlin from Herzliya, Israel, decided he can no longer stand still to the horrors in Syria. So he opened a Facebook page, "Israelis for the children of Syria" (ישראלים למען ילדי סוריה) and alongside the IL4Syria organization, went on a journey to shake up and wake up the world...

  • Dating 101: Loving Kids When Love is Gone

    By Ilana Angel

    August 21, 2013 | 8:50 am

    I have had no contact with my ex-boyfriend for months.  I have spent all that time hopeful we would be able to be friends one day.  I truly thought our relationship was something special and we would be able to get over the hurt and come to a place of friendship.  It has not...

  • Not so fast: The difference between ‘doing life’ and living

    August 20, 2013 | 12:50 pm

    We live in a world that values achievement, excellence, hard work and success. There’s nothing wrong with any of these things. In fact, I wish them on us all — on our synagogues and our schools, on ourselves and our children as well.

    But the problem is, the message many of our...

  • The Torah and child sexual abuse

    August 14, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Everything we build and teach our children, all our investments and dedication to good, all our moral standards, our entire education system, can be wiped out in one fell swoop when we or our children are violated.

    The first of all ethical and Torah axioms must be stated at the...

  • When the conflict becomes a routine

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 25, 2013 | 12:43 pm

    This week, I came across a story that drew my attention: missiles were fired from Gaza into southern Israel. I came across this story from a Facebook status of a friend, and later noticed that it got a very minor coverage in the morning paper the following day.

    When I noticed...

  • Surrounded by Kids

    By Elliot Steingart

    June 25, 2013 | 9:36 am

    I was surrounded by kids for an entire day. In a span of eight hours, I was kicked in the groin and nearly run over by a Fisher Price bicycle. All proof that the first day of summer is the longest day of the year.

    These kids were more combative than a street gang out of...

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