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  • My Palestinian Date in Jericho

    By Orit Arfa

    July 26, 2013 | 12:18 am

    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...

  • Reading Lamentations with Gush Katif Evacuees

    By Orit Arfa

    July 15, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    I couldn’t see his face through the mechitza (the wall separating the men and women), but I heard him, the tears in his voice, the deep sorrow, as the cantor read Jeremiah’s Book of Lamentations poetically remembering the horrific tragedies the Jewish people have suffered.

    His...

  • American Jews: Expel Yourselves

    By Orit Arfa

    July 14, 2013 | 9:31 am

    The majority of American Jews, if one can judge by presidential voting records and policy statements by AIPAC and other major Jewish organizations, believe that the solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict involves evacuating Israeli Jews from Judea and Samaria (aka the "West Bank")...

  • The Settler Is Free….

    By Orit Arfa

    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...

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  • Pinchas and the Harlotry of the “Peace Process”

    By Orit Arfa

    June 28, 2013 | 3:16 am

    The fantastic story of Pinchas takes place in the book of Bamidbar, on the heels of the Moabite King Balak’s attempt to eradicate the budding Israelite nation by hiring the gentile prophet Bila’am to curse Israel to destruction. God foils Bila’ams plan, and Bila’am finally...

  • J Street Takes a U Turn into Ariel?

    By Orit Arfa

    June 7, 2013 | 7:36 am

    The mission of the lobby J Street is “a two state resolution to the conflict with the Palestinian people.” Decried as an anti-Israel lobby by staunch Israel supporters who view the two-state solution as the Arabs' "Final Solution," J Street focuses much of its efforts on reviving...

  • Israel’s Newest “Settler” Settles In

    By Orit Arfa

    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...

  • Great Neck Synagogue Cancels Pamela Geller’s Talk

    By Orit Arfa

    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...

  • Alicia Keys: Israel Will Inspire [VIDEO]

    By Orit Arfa

    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.

    Being that...

  • Welcome to the zAngel

    By  Orit Arfa

    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...

  • Jews and guns: A day on the firing range

    By Ryan Torok

    December 5, 2012 | 4:45 pm

    Susanne Reyto carefully loaded her rifle and switched the safety off. Peering into the scope attached to the top of the weapon, she pulled the trigger while former U.S. Army platoon leader Charlie Jasper looked on to ensure she was handling her weapon safely.

    To their right,...

  • ZOA L.A. office in doubt

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    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,...

  • ZOA to protest outside Hotel Shangri-La

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 21, 2012 | 11:07 pm

    In the wake of the recent jury verdict that found the Hotel Shangri-La and its owner, Tehmina Adaya, had illegally discriminated against a group of young Jews in 2010, the Western Region of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is planning to hold a peaceful protest outside the...

  • The ZOAngel’s Purim Message [VIDEO]

    By Orit Arfa

    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...

  • Analysis of Obama’s rhetorical style

    By Orit Arfa

    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...

  • But Is He Kosher?

    By Orit Arfa

    June 22, 2010 | 5:27 pm

    So what does a good Jewish girl do when her date goes in for the kiss after he downed meatloaf and she mac-and-cheese? In “Life, Love, Lox: Real-World Advice for the Modern Jewish Girl” (Running Press, $13.95) by Carin Davis, the issue at steak (pun intended — the book inspires...

  • Kochav Nolad: My Star Isn’t Born

    By Orit Arfa

    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...

  • The Making of ‘The Chosen Dish’

    By  Orit Arfa

    March 25, 2009 | 9:34 pm

    Prior to becoming a food writer and restaurant reviewer for The Jerusalem Post, I always thought of kosher food as limited and bland. But Israel demands competitive kosher cuisine — hotels generally adhere to kashrut laws; corporate lunch meetings must often accommodate observant...

  • The great T-shirt circumciser

    By Jay Firestone

    December 18, 2008 | 1:06 am

     

    Here’s a great video by my friend and colleague, Orit Arfa and filmed by the amazing JewishJournal.com web editor, Dennis Wilen…and of course, edited by your VideoJew extraordinaire.

    For Orit’s full story, click here.

  • Hollywood’s top 12 Jewish hotties?

    By The Web Guy

    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.

  • Orit: I went to Macao and it’s not Las Vegas!

    By The Web Guy

    October 3, 2008 | 7:09 pm

    Bloggish contributor Orit Arfa went on a press junket to Shelden Adelson’s (the Sands) new Venetian resort-casino in Macao, China and filed this report for the Jerusalem Post:

    As I wandered alone through The Venetian casino on my first night, my personal fantasies of Vegas-style fun,...

  • Zell it, Sam; Cool it, Orit; 40 million Frenchmen

    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...
  • Go ahead, gogle me

    By  Orit Arfa

    July 30, 2008 | 4:30 pm

    I'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...

  • 10 dating tips for men

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    I 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...

  • The Great Shave, the anti-Semitic professor in the U.S. Mail, Barack, Orit, Hillary and Suissa

    May 29, 2008 | 2:13 pm

    The 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,...
  • Sabra love

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    I'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...
  • Leave Israel alone!

    By  Orit Arfa

    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.

  • NOT wishing you a Shana Tova

    By JewishJournal.com

    September 11, 2007 | 5:07 pm


    My inbox is filling up with a lot of spam, and it’s really annoying. The subject is invariably the same: Shana Tova.

    I’ve been hearing from acquaintances with whom I haven’t spoken for years who probably hit “send” to everyone in their contact list; PR companies for whom it’ll be a...

  • Barry Frydlender: from camera obscurity to MOMA

    By  Orit Arfa

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Barry Frydlender greets a reporter at his apartment in southern Tel Aviv with gentility and reticence. In his spacious living room, a sofa set rests on old, cracked, Arab-style tiles that block a studio nook containing a computer set-up. A window overlooks the Tel Aviv beach...
  • Sheinkin Street meets superhighway

    By  Orit Arfa

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sheinkin Street is not what it used to be. At least that's the common sentiment among those who remember the street's heyday in the late 1980s to mid-'90s, when the neighborhood was Israel's bohemian center -- hip, funky, free-spirited, and on the vanguard. It is often dubbed the...
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