Date-less on Tu B’Av, the Jewish "Valentine’s Day,” I needed something to do. So when a Palestinian man that I met through an Israeli tour guide offered me to take me to Jericho that night, I took him up on it. After all, Jericho is the oldest city in the world, famous for date...
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Tag: Orit Arfa
July 26, 2013 | 12:18 am
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July 10, 2013 | 11:08 am
This is a hugely emotional moment for me. This is the moment I let my baby run free into the world. By "baby," I mean my debut novel, The Settler.
Those who have followed my musings about Israel throughout the years might know that I have been obsessed with the aftermath of...
June 28, 2013 | 3:16 am
June 7, 2013 | 7:36 am
June 5, 2013 | 11:30 am
Please forgive my hiatus in blogging. I was busy making aliyah and starting my new position as Director of Communications and Visitor Services at Ariel Development Fund, getting settled into a new apartment, buying furniture, etc. Baruch Hashem, Israel's newest "settler" is...
April 10, 2013 | 9:22 pm
The Great Neck Synagogue has revealed its cowardice, the same way the Jewish Federation revealed its cowardice when it cancelled Pamela Geller’s talk there on June 25, 2012 within a few hours of the event sponsored by the Zionist Organization of America when I served as its...
March 12, 2013 | 5:10 pm
The racists and terrorist sympathizers at BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) are up to their usual stunts, trying to get Grammy award-winning Alicia Keys to back out of her summer concert in Tel Aviv.
But we have faith that the "Girl on Fire" won't back down.
December 17, 2012 | 3:51 pm
Welcome to the zAngel blog, formerly known as the “ZOAngel” blog from my days as Executive Director of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), Western Region. But while I’m no longer with the ZOA because I stood up for my principles, I’m still an “angel” and I still got a lot of...
December 5, 2012 | 4:45 pm
November 8, 2012 | 12:55 pm
Citing budgetary pressures, the Zionist Organization of American (ZOA) will vacate the small office it has rented in The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard later this month.
The pro-Israel nonprofit exercised an opt-out clause in October,...
August 21, 2012 | 11:07 pm
March 7, 2012 | 1:35 pm
Purim has always been one of my favorite holidays. The story of Purim is one of the most inspiring stories of the Hebrew Bible, not to mention the most exciting, filled with happening parties and a beauty contest. But most importantly, Megillat Esther, which I have studied in depth...
March 5, 2012 | 8:51 pm
While many analysts focus on the veracity of President Obama’s claims of his pro-Israel record, I’d like to focus on his rhetorical style. A careful analysis of Obama’s speech at AIPAC will show that he is extremely ambiguous—perhaps purposefully so—enabling him to appease...
June 22, 2010 | 5:27 pm
June 15, 2009 | 6:57 pm
At least the line wasn’t long. Not like it was at the Gillette Stadium in Boston back in 2005, where I sat among thousands of fellow American Idol wannabes on the benches, suffering through their out-of-tune rehearsals in the New England rain while watching hordes exit without...
March 25, 2009 | 9:34 pm
October 12, 2008 | 11:41 pm
Here’s a list from Scandalist:
o Maggie Gyllenhaal
o Scarlett Johannson
o Kate Hudson
o Amanda Bynes
o Michelle Trachtenberg
o Natalie Portman
o Mila Kunis
o Sarah Silverman
o Winona Ryder
o Brooke Burke
o Selma Blair
o Emmanuelle Chriqui
Pretty good list, I think.
It’s just missing one name— JewishJournal.com contributor Orit Arfa.
October 3, 2008 | 7:09 pm
August 7, 2008 | 12:06 am
Sell It, Sam
Nice editorial on the demise of the L.A. Times as we have known it and loved to hate it all these years ("Sell It, Sam," Aug. 1).
Didn't anyone realize when Sam Zell bought the Tribune Co. that real estate value was at the top of his list?
And as to the problems of...
July 30, 2008 | 4:30 pmI'd like to introduce a new verb to the dating lexicon: "Gogle," a combination of the words Google and "ogle."
One online dictionary defines "oglers" as those who ". . . look at especially with greedy or interested attention."
"Gogle" means to look up a person you want to date...
May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pmI don't think I've enjoyed enough successful relationships to justify my doling out advice to men about how to sweep a woman off her lonely sofa and into a date with him.
But maybe that's because I haven't enjoyed enough successful dates. Dating is not only an art, but a skill, and...
May 29, 2008 | 2:13 pmThe Great Shave
Loved your video on getting a haircut and shave on Lag b'Omer. I think it's great that you raise awareness about our customs and traditions.
I think you made one faux pas, however. Religious Jews don't allow a razor to come in contact with their face when shaving,...
May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pmI've been considering giving up on Israeli men, at least the purebred Israeli men, the sabras. What's painful is that I say this as someone who has made my home in Jerusalem, and I am hesitant to make harsh generalizations about Israeli bachelors, especially as Israel celebrates its...
May 11, 2008 | 6:18 pm
Inspired by Chris Crocker’s infamous and passionate YouTube appeal for people to leave Britney alone in the wake of her failed performance at the MTV 2007 Music Video Awards, Orit from Israel has created a passionate appeal to the world community to LEAVE ISRAEL ALONE!
[WARNING STRONG LANGUAGE!]
This is directed to anyone who dares bash Israel and demand she make concessions.
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