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  • Life under fire - live reports from people living in southern Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    5 days ago

    I can describe the reality here, I can ask you to imagine what it's like, but no matter what I say, it will be very hard for anyone who's not here to comprehend.

    In the past two weeks, hundreds of missiles were fired at Israel from Gaza, which is ruled by the terror organization...

  • The Wisdom of Compassion:  Happy Birthday Dalai Lama!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    1 week ago

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama turns 79 today July 6, 2014.  He was born to a farming family in northeastern Tibet as Lhamo Dhondup on July 6, 1935.  At the age of two, he was deemed the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama by Buddhist.  At age of fifteen, following China’s invasion,...

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

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 week ago

    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...

  • Social media outcry: How Israelis are mourning the loss of three of their sons

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    Earlier this evening, a news report interrupted the regular programming on the main television channels, with the tragic news that ended an 18-day security operation: The dead bodies of the 16 year-old Gil-Ad Shaar, 16 year-old Naftali Fraenkel and 19 year- old Eyal Yifrah, were...

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  • A Commitment to Justice

    By Beit T'shuvah

    2 weeks ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    All week I have been thinking about this blog. I am upset, frustrated and angry. All this has to do with what is happening both inside of me and outside of me. Inside, I am upset, angry and frustrated that my message is getting lost because of my bombastic...

  • World Cup and Missiles

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 weeks ago

    This past week, Israel's security threat escalated as its borders became "heated." News channels constantly report on attempted terror attacks and missiles being fired; at the same time, searches for three kidnapped Israeli youths continues. And added to these physical threats were...

  • #WorldPride Toronto 2014!

    By Tera Greene

    3 weeks ago

    World Pride 2014 June 20-29 Toronto

     

    Super Excited to be heading to World Pride 2014.
    Going to be my first time in Toronto.
    Gunna bring some business cards.
    Gunna Dance and Celebrate with the World!
    #WorldPride #RiseUp

    For more info, check out http://www.worldpridetoronto.com/



    Woohoo! World Pride
    WOOHOO!

     

  • WATCH: Israel Social TV on the Kidnapping, Gender in Israel, “Airing Dirty Laundry”, and more

    By Jeremy Elster

    3 weeks ago

    In this edition of the English Language Social Order, we discuss:

    - The recent kidnapping of three yeshiva youths

    - Critique gender imbalance in the Israeli media

    - Attend Breaking the Silence's 10 year anniversary and ask, "What do you think about the criticism of "airing dirty laundry" in public?

    - March in the Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv

    - Investigate the new "Jewish Identity Administration" that is run by Naftali Bennett's Right Wing National Religious Jewish Home Party and responsible for strengthing the Jewish Identity of Israelis.

  • To My Sons’ Captors

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 weeks ago

    16, 16, 19.

    They are just kids.
    They know only love.

    Their world is a ball-  soccer, tennis, basketball.

    Naftali is 16 and American.
    In the U.S. people sit in a park, with candles, waiting for him.

    Kids need to play.
    We are their parents. 
    Let them come home. 

    Let us...

  • The Question of My Life

    By Beit T'shuvah

    3 weeks ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Approximately 25 years ago I was learning with Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man and he taught my class that Judaism is about questions. In fact, he asked us all one particular question: “What is the question that this experience is the answer for?” I was dumb-struck...

  • A split nation - united with hope for the boys to return home

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 weeks ago

    During the past week, a feeling of unity has spread amid our divided nation. The abduction of Naftali, Eyal and Gil-Ad last Thursday shared us all with a wish of heart for their return. In the past week, all splits in the Israeli society were sewn back together.


    During the past...

  • Too Persian, Too Jewish, Too Black, but Not Too Gay!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 18, 2014 | 9:46 am

    Egypt, where we were once strangers, exists all around us; in dark corners of our neighborhood where children are sold into sexual trades, where women are muzzled by cowardly men, where black earns less than white, where the rich step over the poor en route to banks, where the weak...

  • My boyfriend is REALLY into the World Cup.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 17, 2014 | 10:40 am

    Soccer: know nothing about it, never cared about it, and frankly, don't understand what people find in it. Unlike other sports, basketball, for instance, a soccer match can end with almost no action on the field. A game can actually end with no goals (but many "almosts",) and...

  • 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...

  • Celebrating Shavuot, partying with The Rolling Stones and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 9, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Celebrating Shavuot at the Kibbutz

    Last week, we celebrated the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. It is celebrated on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan, and it marks the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. It marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer, seven weekd from...

  • Interviewing The Famous Dead! What Would You Rather Be?

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 7, 2014 | 11:28 am

    Once in medical school, a teacher caught me drifting. He verbally beat me up in front of the class. I was quite embarrassed, but more for him than for myself. When he asked why I wasn’t paying attention, I said “because you’ve shown more passion in your assault on me than in...

  • A Sense of Obligation

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 6, 2014 | 2:01 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I have been on a mission these past few weeks to regain my addiction to Redemption. I believe that there is no better way to be redeemed than to remember our obligations. We OWE! How do I know this? I know this because I was taught this by my father, Jerry...

  • e-cigarettes can kill our children!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 4, 2014 | 4:45 pm

    There is a new emerging health threat to our children: Nicotine poisoning.

    The number of nicotine exposures in children reported to the National Poison Data System has more than tripled in the last year.

    Here’s the fact every parent should know: 1 tablespoon of nicotine oil can...

  • Time to rethink our “never again” promise…

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 4, 2014 | 8:33 am

    “Never again means NEVER AGAIN” – in the past couple of months, I encountered this sentence online more times than I can count. It is usually associated with Israel’s National Holocaust Remembrance Day. We were taught this sentence every year since first grade, when our teacher...

  • Shavuot: It’s Complicated!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 2, 2014 | 6:37 am

    At the one year anniversary of their wedding, the newly married couple brings out the wedding video and invites the family over for dinner, retells the stories of how they met, and cuts the cake that's been savored in its frozen state,  uneaten in the first place.  But, as the...

  • Terrifying Reality. Spiritual Solution.

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 30, 2014 | 1:21 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    "I will do everything in my power to destroy everything I cannot have." These are the words of Elliott Rodger, the young man who destroyed the lives, sanctity, and safety of people in Isla Vista, California. What a sentence of terror. What a sentence of...

  • 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...

  • The Undefeated Maya Angelou

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 28, 2014 | 7:51 am

    There are women in this world who become our collective mothers and heroes through unyielding kindness, female loving energy, sharp intellect, precise pen, and vulnerable hearts.

    No word can describe my love for Maya Angelou and what she meant to our world, only the fluttering in...

  • Obligation to Society

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 23, 2014 | 11:13 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I am a Dinosaur. I have been looking at myself for many years now and, as of late, I realize how much my upbringing affects me. I have been looking at the world through both new and old eyes. I use the latest technology and cherish old ways of living. I am...

  • Yes, Your Life Matters!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 21, 2014 | 5:27 pm

    When Ariel, my first born, entered this world, I had a glimpse of what it is to be God. 

    She was born two months early, through an abrupt birth, an emergency C-section.  I was kicked out of the delivery room, though I begged as a father, not as a physician.  Wheeled out inside a...

  • Sons of Abraham: Talking Faith, Family and Friendship in the 21st Century

    By Salvador Litvak

    May 21, 2014 | 10:53 am

    A Christian, a Jew, and a Muslim walk into a bar. The bartender says, “What is this, a joke?”

    Actually, it’s a true story: the Muslim, Rahmi Mowjood, ordered a virgin mojito and shared Sufi poetry. The Jew related how he became the Accidental Talmudist. And the Christian, Jason...

  • To my Israeli mother, with love and appreciation.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 20, 2014 | 6:25 pm

    Dear Mom,


    I will never forget the day I joined the Israel Defense Forces. It was five years ago, and I remember 18-year-old me, kissing you and Dad goodbye and boarding the bus that would take me to a month-long boot camp. You hugged me close and shed a tear, and I remember...

  • Don’t Forget Women’s Stroke Risk

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 19, 2014 | 6:50 pm

    Cardiovascular disease still remains the number one cause of death in women.  Heart attacks account for 24% and strokes 7% of all deaths.  Among minority women, these numbers are even higher.  The challenge remains that doctors traditionally have not identified women at high risk...

  • Helping Nigeria, winning the Euroleague cup, news from Hollywood and more… This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 19, 2014 | 11:35 am

    Lending a hand to Nigeria

    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has accepted Israel’s offer of help in rescuing some 200 schoolgirls captured in April by members of the Islamist terror organization Boko Haram. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Jonathan: “We are ready to help...

  • UCLA student court hears case against students who accepted Israel trips

    By Jared Sichel

    May 15, 2014 | 11:04 pm

    The Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) campaign against UCLA’s pro-Israel movement became even more heated last week as the school’s undergraduate judicial board heard arguments in a case brought by SJP against two members of UCLA’s student government who had taken sponsored...

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