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  • Hiatus Schmiatus

    By Nikki Tabibian

    1 day ago

    A message from the author:

    My dearest readers and adoring fan (hey Grandma),

    When I began writing Le’chaim To Laughter, I was committed to documenting my memoires as a city gal with nothing but comic relief and hummus to help her get by. Yet, as I turned the page on high school...

  • A short guidebook to all celebrities posting about the Israel-Gaza situation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 days ago

    Dear celebrities,

    You are people of high power. Having millions of fans and followers grants you the power to change the world with just 140 typed notes. You have more power than any political leader, as people devour your status updates, ready to follow your lead without asking...

  • When anti-Semitism Strikes Science and Medicine!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 days ago

    On July 23rd, The Lancet published an Open Letter describing the situation in Gaza (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61044-8/fulltext).

    The Lancet, a top tier scientific journal by all accounts, did a great dis-service to the medical community....

  • Changing the world, one step at a time - Q&A with advocate Brigitte Gabriel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    6 days ago

    Brigitte Gabriel (49,) a bestselling author, activist, a leading expert on global Islamic terrorism, and founder and President of ACT! for America, has one fascinating life story. She was born in Lebanon to a Maronite Christian family, and spent her childhood in amid the Lebanese...

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  • When Friends Become Anti-Semites

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    1 week ago

    This week, all diversity training and tolerance enhancing programs failed.  It’s like when you prepare for an earthquake with a drill, but don’t really care.

    We are all guilty.  We all whisper words of bigotry in the privacy of our homes.  But, in today’s social media, we have...

  • Fighting Against the “Terrorist” Within

    By Beit T'shuvah

    2 weeks ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    As I sit here at the computer thinking about what am I going to write about, I am conflicted. As always, when conflicted, I speak to my wife, Harriet Rossetto, and she gives me her advice and take on things. I know that Harriet wants me to enthusiastically...

  • When Hate Metastasizes, Plant Love.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    where milk and honey once flowed
    three boys were killed
    and one burned
    rockets fell
    bombs replaced the night stars
    echos from distant lands
    from ovens filled with ash
    the language of love used in shame
    fans cool Facebook heat, twitter on texts
    no dialogues, just parallel...

  • The Audacity of Hope: Raising Little Messiahs.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    “Seventy years ago these beautiful men would likely have been members of the Nazi party” emailed me a friend while watching Germany battle for the World Cup. 

    I saw another perspective.  As I watched many fellow Jews cheer for Germany, I realized one day peace is possible.

    ...
  • Commited to Doing Life

    By Beit T'shuvah

    3 weeks ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I am worried! I am worried about what is happening in Israel. I am worried about what is happening in America. I am worried about what is happening in my work and in my life. I am worried about today and I am worried about tomorrow.

    My truth is that I am...

  • Live from the Ground: Israel Social TV Reports

    By Jeremy Elster

    3 weeks ago

    The events of the last few weeks beginning with the kidnapping of three Israeli yeshiva settler youths have laid bare the dissonance between illusions for peace and hope and the brutal cycle of violence that so often dominates the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

    In the following...

  • Musical legend on its way, a shopping revolution, top models and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 weeks ago

    Are we to expect a visit from Spielberg?

    While NBC's The Voice is set to introduce new coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams this fall, the new season of The Voice Israel also has a big name in its midst: a Spielberg. Jessica "Jessy" Katz, the 25-year-old daughter of...

  • The Wisdom of Compassion:  Happy Birthday Dalai Lama!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 weeks 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,...

  • We Need to Make Freedom Ring

    By Beit T'shuvah

    July 4, 2014 | 10:43 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Today is July 4, 2014—Independence Day in the United States. We are supposed to be celebrating Freedom on this day, yet, are we free?

    I ask this question in light of all of the activities that have happened in this past year and in the past 238 years. I...

  • The agenda behind New York Times headline

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 3, 2014 | 7:45 am

    A headline – few short words that frame a whole story. Earlier today, The New York Times published an article referring to the rockets being fired from Gaza to Israel and the Israeli Defense Forces' response. In what appeared to be an objective headline, lies a very specific...

  • White Night TLV, futuristic transportation, feeding the hungry and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 30, 2014 | 8:34 am

    Welcoming the Douglas family to the Holy Land

    Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones arrived in Israel on Thursday for the weekend bar mitzvah of Dylan Michael Douglas. The family stayed in the presidential suite of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. They toured Jerusalem,...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 27, 2014 | 11:53 am

    Asaf Avidan is an Israeli singer- songwriter, one of the few Israeli musicians to succeed abroad.


    Avidan (born 1980) is the front man of Asaf Avidan & the Mojos, an Israeli folk rock band that he established in 2006 in Jerusalem. The band released three albums, The Reckoning in...

  • A Commitment to Justice

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 27, 2014 | 9:51 am

    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

    June 25, 2014 | 8:34 am

    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...

  • Bedouins in Negev Face Demolition of Communities, Forced Urbanization

    By Jeremy Elster

    June 25, 2014 | 6:15 am

    The story of the Bedouin village of Al-Arakib is one of tragedy and loss. Since 2010, the government has demolished the village more than 70 times to displace the Bedouin families living there, who are not recognized by the State, and to plant the Ambassadors Forest on the land. On...

  • #WorldPride Toronto 2014!

    By Tera Greene

    June 24, 2014 | 7:19 pm

    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!

     

  • The Pixies, NBA history, award winning T.V series and more…This week from Israel.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 23, 2014 | 11:34 am

    Starbucks embrace new Israel technology

    Talk about a major BDS fail! Tables in Starbucks coffee shops are to be outfitted with Israeli-developed Powermat charging pad technology, where customers can place their compatible devices and charge them wirelessly. The Powermats are...

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

    By Jeremy Elster

    June 23, 2014 | 7:15 am

    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

    June 21, 2014 | 10:44 pm

    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...

  • 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...

  • TLV Pride Parade, Israel goes GAGA, Bar Refaeli is single again and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 17, 2014 | 8:10 am

    The colors of the rainbow take over the streets of Tel- Aviv for world’s leading Pride Parade

    A record number of 130,000 people participated in Tel Aviv’s 16th annual Pride Parade. People of all ages, races, nationalities and sexual identities, many scantily clad and adorned in...

  • 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...

  • Counting Our Blessings

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 13, 2014 | 10:41 am

    By Janice Kaminer Reznik

    It seems to me that the greatest opportunity for personal redemption is by playing a role in the redemption of others.  Never do I feel this more strongly than when I am on a Jewish World Watch mission to Darfur or Congo.  This past week we completed our...

  • Breaking the Silence on the Israeli Occupation: 47 Years On

    By Jeremy Elster

    June 12, 2014 | 6:18 am

    Israeli organization “Breaking the Silence” celebrated their tenth anniversary last week in Habima Square in Tel Aviv with public readings from a selection of the nearly one thousand Israeli Defense Forces soldier testimonies the group has collected since their inception. The...

  • The Silver Platter: Sacrifice, Bereavement, Remembrance, and the Israeli Nation State

    By Jeremy Elster

    June 11, 2014 | 5:04 am

    Today’s video report takes it’s name from Polish Israeli poet Natan Alterman. The report, and the poem, addresses the concept of sacrifice and bereavement by Israeli soldiers that has become a strong part of the Israeli national ethos. Alterman’s poem “The Silver Platter” was...

  • 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...

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