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  • Thank you.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 days ago

    I’m back.


    Last time I was here was the summer of 2011, when I worked as an Israeli delegate at Camp Coleman in Cleveland, Georgia. That summer, I felt proud of the possibility granted me by the Jewish Agency to represent my country abroad, and educate young children and fellow...

  • The failed promise of Ari Shavit’s ‘My Promised Land’

    February 18, 2014 | 2:56 pm

    The Israeli journalist Ari Shavit is the talk of the town.  Widely known in Israel as an influential and well-connected columnist for Haaretz, Shavit has not been a household name in this country.  Until recently, that is.  He has newly conquered America, earning glowing praise for...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 3, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    Yes, my friends. Flash Drive, that tiny little device we cannot live without, is an Israeli creation. The portable storage device was invented and patented in 1999 by the Israeli companies, M- Systems and IBM. It was described as an upgraded version of disc and diskette technology,...

  • Rachel Berry, McDonalds, Paris and Tel-Aviv

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 6, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    Glee- what a fun show.  A bunch of high-school kids dance and sing, and though sometimes being "Slushied," they still enjoy life and sing about it. I watch Glee. In fact, I am a big fan of Glee. And Smash. And Revenge. And The Americans. And Modern Family. And Dexter. And this is...

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  • Marry young

    By Dennis Prager

    October 9, 2013 | 1:22 pm

    I know the arguments that people give for delaying marriage: 

    “I’m not ready.”

    “I need to be financially secure first.”

    “Right now, I’m preoccupied with ____” (fill in the blank).

    “To tell you the truth, I’m having too much fun to settle down.” (This argument is usually...

  • Letters to the Editor: Wilshire Boulevard Temple, peace talks, Women of the Wall

    August 14, 2013 | 3:48 pm

    Celebrating L.A.’s ‘Grand Dame’ Synagogue

    Thank you so very much for your column about the rescue and restoration of Wilshire Boulevard Temple — the “grand dame” of synagogues in Los Angeles (“Wilshire Boulevard,” Aug. 2). 

    I am one of the fortunate who attended religious...

  • Is it the time to stop looking back and start looking forward?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 31, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    A few weeks ago, I sat in on a deep conversation with Mahmod, a friend of mine from school, and an Arab who lives in Israel. We talked about the current situation between Jews, Arabs and Palestinians in Israel and exchanged opinions about possible solutions.  Up until then, Mahmod...

  • The Arc of History is Bendy, But It Wobbles Toward Justice

    By Robin Podolsky

    June 28, 2013 | 5:47 pm

    This week, the US Supreme Court vitiated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and then ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-gender marriage, unconstitutional.  This, in my opinion, meant a step backward and then a step forward for civil rights.

    ...
  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 28, 2013 | 12:32 pm

    Hadag Nahash is one of the biggest bands in Israel today. They started in Jerusalem, in 1996, and with their fresh combination of Hip Hop, rock, reggae and funk, made their way into Tel-Aviv's mainstream. Nowadays, their Middle-Eastern groove is taking over the charts and the...

  • The new wave

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 12, 2013 | 12:26 pm

    The world's most famous scientist, Professor Stephen Hawking was supposed to arrive in Israel this month. Hawking, 71, a world-renowned theoretical physicist, was invited to participate the high- profile Presidential Conference in Jerusalem named "Facing Tomorrow"," which will also...

  • Letters to the Editor: Survivors. Garcetti cartoon, 99 Cents Only store

    June 7, 2013 | 2:48 pm

    Survivor Stories Have Merit

    I was not raised Jewish, but I like to read the Journal and discuss articles in it with acquaintances and friends. I learn so much from the Survivor stories.

    I have just read the story of Charlotte Seeman (May 31). I read it twice! I couldn’t believe...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 31, 2013 | 12:53 pm

    Bar Refaeli (26) is an international model, often referred to as the most beautiful Israeli creations nowadays. Refaeli's modeling career started at the age of 8 months, when baby Bar starred in a commercial. At the age of 15, she appeared in campaigns for the Israeli fashion...

  • The politician who can save Israel’s Labor Party

    May 28, 2013 | 9:44 am

    It's still too early to celebrate, but – at the moment – it seems that Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett are changing the rules of the game, and that their parties are about to plant their stakes deep into the heart of Israeli politics. It seems that Lapid's Yesh Atid and Bennett's...
  • Ditto

    By Steve Greenberg

    May 15, 2013 | 3:58 pm

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 10, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    MUTRAH is a young jewelry label, which blends contemporary jewelry design with a distinctive touch of bohemian chic. Inspired by the tribal African culture and ancient Egyptian jewelry. MUTRAH jewelry is all hand-made, created from industrial mechanical brass, colorful neon dyed...

  • Israel Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs has officially closed its gates

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 7, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    This week, the Israel Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs officially closed. With almost no media recognition, it has become a division in the Prime Minister's office. From a ministry to a division, just like that.

    I find this move unacceptable. Did someone think we...

  • Supporting Israeli Art

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 3, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    Today, I would like to present to you the respected group of Israeli artists I was recently introduced to, whose works are published and sold via one website, named "Israeli Art." In this one website, you can find a variety of Israeli and Jewish creations, made by tenths of Israeli...

  • Endless marathon

    By Steve Greenberg

    April 24, 2013 | 5:57 pm

  • Building a Spirit of ‘Sacred Disagreement’ on Israel

    by Rabbi Melissa Weintraub

    April 24, 2013 | 5:45 pm

    In rabbinic circles, one increasingly hears sentiments like, “I’m not going to get fired for my politics on gun control or health care, but I could get fired for just about anything I say about Israel.” Rabbi Scott Perlo has coined this the “Death by Israel Sermon.” Across the...

  • A heart to heart letter from an Israeli to Americans

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 19, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Dear Americans,

    What you've dealt with this week is not new to me, I'm afraid. In fact, it is something I almost got used to. Why almost? Because no matter how many times you hear about an "event" on the news, no matter how many times you call all your friends and family to make...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 12, 2013 | 1:05 pm

    Describing Svika Pick from miles away is almost impossible. Pick is simply a phenomenon you have to see to believe. His hair, his clothing, his attitude, his connection with the fans and his everlasting 70's facade- all make him a one of a kind Israeli persona. However, in his 40...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 5, 2013 | 1:36 pm

    Six neighbors (Five women and one man,) gather every year to watch the a worldwide, TV broadcast song contest, Universong. In their latest gathering, they discover that Anat, a member of the gang, was just left by her husband. In a moment of friendship, they spontaneously compose a...

  • Iconoclast

    By Gina Nahai

    April 4, 2013 | 5:28 am

    This may be just another useless explanation, the kind of futile attempt at finding meaning and logic that we all resort to in response to grief, but sometimes it seems life has it in for you in a very personal way. You go along for years feeling spared and protected, taking...

  • Letters to the Editor: Settlements, Response Policy, Secularism

    March 21, 2013 | 9:05 am

    Will PR Help Israel?

    David Suissa’s suggestion that Israel shift its PR efforts toward legal definitions sounds reasonable but is in reality quite futile (“Israel Needs a Lawyer,” March 15). The so-called 1967 boundaries were actually the cease-fire lines of 1949, in effect...

  • Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Settlements are not illegal

    By David Suissa

    March 14, 2013 | 5:40 am

    If you think the West Bank settlements have been an albatross around Israel’s neck up until now, brace yourself. With the new governing coalition announced this week, and the settlers enjoying even more power, all bets are off.

    As Barak Ravid writes in Haaretz about Israel’s new...

  • Letters to the Editor: Schulweis, God’s Road Rage, JCCs

    March 14, 2013 | 4:02 am

    Rabbi’s Words Echo on

    Thank you for today’s column. I wish I could have heard it [Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis’ speech], but reading about it was wonderful (“Because You Suffer…,” March 8). Old is good, and older is perhaps even better. Again, thank you.

    Carol Mann
    Via e-mail

     ...

  • This conflict CAN end!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 13, 2013 | 12:35 pm

    In the past couple of weeks, I have encountered a record number of hateful messages, written by Palestinians, calling me a terrorist and a killer and wishing for my immediate death. Up until a couple of weeks ago, I thought that the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was...

  • The U.N. disaster of Martin Kobler

    March 11, 2013 | 10:36 am

    United Nations faces a difficult time in Iraq, apparently because of a conflict of interest of "familial" nature.

    Early morning February 9 some 40 missiles and mortars were fired into a crowded camp near Baghdad harbouring unarmed Iranian dissidents belonging to the...

  • Ruth Calderon — Mother of Redemption?

    March 7, 2013 | 5:15 am

    Ruth Calderon’s Knesset speech has created more buzz around the Jewish world than any speech like it in the history of the State of Israel. Probably because nothing remotely like it has ever happened before. The unexpected, unprecedented, yet incredibly moving sight of a...

  • Building a better philanthropist

    March 7, 2013 | 4:49 am

    In the last couple of decades, a tectonic shift has altered the landscape of Jewish philanthropy. The phenomenon is not only Jewish — the number of foundations in the United States has grown fivefold in the last 20 years; the same growth in donor-advised funds has taken just a...

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