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  • 19 years since the murder of Yitzhak Rabin – we can’t let democracy die

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 weeks ago

    Where were you on the day Yitzhak Rabin was murdered?


    This is a question every Israeli can answer. We all remember that night, November 4, 1995. A big rally took place in the heart of Tel-Aviv, under the title "Yes to peace, No to violence." In his speech there, Prime Minister...

  • My brother, the soldier

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 29, 2014 | 9:48 am

    To my dear brother:

    I remember the four months between your high school graduation and your recruitment day. You played as many PlayStation games as possible, and rented all the movies you could see. You wanted to live each moment of freedom to its fullest, before you had to hand...

  • Contemplating hypocrisy and double standards

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 22, 2014 | 8:51 am

    Hypocrisy – the ability to do certain things and then criticize others for doing the exact same thing, is part of being a human being. We do it constantly, and in the age of social networks –we have no shame in sharing our hypocrite thoughts with the world. We try to hide it behind...

  • In a perfect world, the UK Parliament would have looked different

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 15, 2014 | 8:20 am

    In a perfect world, George Galloway would have been removed from office, and Mike Freer would have stayed and fight. Sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world…


    In the past couple of days, headlines here were all about the UK, and its House of Commons' controversial vote to...

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  • My Yom Kippur Lesson

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 2, 2014 | 8:48 am

    Yom Kippur is our time to reflect, think and ask for forgiveness. Not because we have to, but because we want to. It is our time to look back at all the times we were so convinced we’re right that we let our fingers type or our mouth speak harsh words towards others. Sometimes, it...

  • Summing up the past two months - between happiness and frustration.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 1, 2014 | 8:41 am

    How can I sum up this crazy summer?


    In the past eight weeks I have been through an emotional roller coaster. I’ve been up and down, high and low, frustrated and hopeful, but most of all – surprised, because of so many things…


    What started as yet another July, where my...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Blame Game

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 14, 2014 | 8:22 am

    Lately, the so-called “peace talks,” aimed to resolve the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, changed their course from trying to negotiate the terms of ending this very complicated situation. It seems that in the past few weeks, all sides involved are...

  • Happy 66th birthday, Israel! Forever yours, Noga.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 6, 2014 | 8:36 am

    After spending Friday nights in Tel-Aviv and calling each other “brother” or “sister,” comes the most recent Israeli trend: leaving Israel.

    It is now THE Israeli thing to do: pack, fly, start anew abroad. This phenomenon is not new, but it has recently become impossible to...

  • Thank you.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 16, 2014 | 12:34 pm

    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...

  • 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 Rabbi 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

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