Passover is the Jewish people’s real independence day - article in The Forward April 2020

Passover is the Jewish people’s real independence dayThe Forward - April 10, 2020By 
Aryeh Greene The author walks the trail.
Standing on a mountaintop three days north of Eilat, I turned around for the first time. I looked back along the route I’d hiked, with its brown and gold hills and valleys, the shimmer of the Gulf of Eilat and the Red Sea in the distance. I was amazed at how far I’d come — and surprised that it all looked new to me. I’d climbed three different mountains, trudged some 35 miles, ascended and descended thousands of feet along the Israel National Trail, yet I couldn’t recognize any of it from my vantage point at the peak of Maale Amram, just south of Timna. In life, as in hiking, sometimes you have to stop, look back, appreciate how far you’ve come, and get a new perspective on where you have been. With most of us sheltering at home these days, it is a good time for this sort of reflection. For me, it has helped to revisit my 700-mile trek along the Isra…

Together separately - A thought for our Corona Seders

So... I had a bit of an insight, and I recorded it for the family (as we're of course not holding Seder together); happy to share here as well. Listen in a quiet moment between now and Seder night – its only 3 minutes long. I’m going to give it over at our intimate Seder with my wife and two of her daughters.  I haven’t seen or heard the idea anywhere else, so I think it’s pretty original, though I won’t be surprised if somebody else has come out with it recently.  Here's the audio version; below is a text version for those who prefer to read.

We read in parshat Bo (Shmot/Exodus 12:3 - Heb/Eng here) "Speak to the entire assembly of Israel...they shall take for themselves - each man - a lamb or kid for each father's house... for the household." And then in verses 6-7: "...the entire congregation of the assembly of Israel shall slaughter it in the afternoon... take some of the blood and place it on the ... doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they…

David Ehrlich: A lover of people

David Ehrlich: A lover of people

(Published as part of a collection of recollections of David by Edgar Keret, Nathan Englander and others by Dina Kraft in The Forward.)

At base, David was a people person.  I think he'd appreciate that phrase; more than a businessman, a writer, a community leader, he cared about humanity - and was interested, even perhaps fascinated, by individual people.  His writings reflect that; his love of the love affairs associated with Tmol Shilshom reflected that; and I think that's what connected us - as 'connectors' of a sort - more than the events we held together.
David so enjoyed my winter birthday gatherings at Tmol that some years he'd call me up after Succot to ask me "Nu, when are we scheduling your birthday?"  (For over 15 years I've sat for a whole day at Tmol Shilshom and spent quality time with friends and family, sort of "holding court" as David once described it.  He was tickled by the concept, and every …

Book Talk at Pomeranz in Jerusalem Dec 8 - 8pm

Pomeranz Bookseller, Nefesh B’Nefesh, and Jerusalism are pleased to present:
My Israel Trail:
Finding Peace in the Promised Land

Aryeh Green
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 | 8 PM Pomeranz | Be'eri St 5, Jerusalem
Join us for a uniquely moving, fascinating and uplifting talk, based on Aryeh’s book about his hike on the Israel Trail and healing from his divorce.Come share in his trek, as he offers a new perspective on Israel – the land, the country, its history and people – and illuminating insights from the experience.
Accompanied by photos and videos; book available for purchase at the event.
Natan Sharansky celebrates Aryeh’s “engaging passion and persistence”; Mayim Bialik calls the book a “fascinating journey” and “beautiful exploration of self and identity”.
After a devastating divorce, which rocked his world and confounded his deeply-held optimism, Aryeh Green’s goal was to get his life back on track.  His hike along Shvil Yisrael, the Israel National Trail, enabled him to do that, long the way…

יולי אדלשטיין: ממשלה מוסרית ויציבה... והצדק מתקדם (Edelstein for PM in Hebrew)

יולי אדלשטיין: ממשלה מוסרית ויציבה... והצדק מתקדם
זה די פשוט, עשו את החשבון: לגוש המרכז/ימין יש רוב בכנסת (ורוב גדול עוד יותר בקרב הבוחרים, בהתחשב בהרבה מצביעי כחול-לבן שרוצים רק להדיח את ביבי, וההצבעות הרבות המבזבזות למפלגות שלא עברה את אחוז החסימה).
אלמלא ביבי-גייט, היינו זוכים להמשך של ממשלה יציבה ויעילה לפני חודשים מאז הבחירות באפריל.
זה גם די פשוט, עם מעט בהירות מוסרית / פוליטית (כמו ביבי אמר על אולמרט): אפילו בלי הרשעה, ראש הממשלה לא יכול לתפקד תחת כתב אישום. (למי שחושב שההליך המשפטי לא יוביל להרשעה, פשוט כדאי לאפשר לו להתמקד במשפט מהיר וזיכוי, שייתכן שהעובדות מכתיבות אותו, כדי לאפשר את חזרתו.)
ואת הפיתרון לדילמה אפשר לסכם בשם אחד (פשוט): יולי אדלשטיין.
שימו לב, ראשית, שיולי הוא מספר 1 ברשימת הליכוד (ראש הממשלה אינו כלול ברשימה). מבחינה מבנית, הוא 'הבא בתור' בלי בחירות חדשות, כדי להוביל את הליכוד; מבחינה פוליטית, הוא המנהיג הפופולרי ביותר במפלגה מלבד ראש הממשלה.
חשוב עוד יותר, יולי מקובל, אפילו נערץ, על פני הקשת הפוליטית והחברה הישראלית כולו - בגלל יושרו, האינטליגנציה שלו, ומת…

Yuli Edelstein for a moral & stable government... and justice proceeds

Yuli Edelstein for a moral & stable government... and justice proceeds
It's pretty simple, do the math: The Center/Right bloc has a majority in the Knesset (and an even larger majority in the electorate, given the many voters for Blue & White who just want Bibi out, and the many wasted votes for parties which didn't pass the threshold for three Knesset seats).
If it wasn't for Bibi-gate, we'd have had a continuation of stable, effective government months ago, since the April elections.
It's also pretty simple, with a little moral/political clarity (just quote Bibi on Olmert): even without a conviction, the PM cannot function under indictment.  (For those who think the legal process will not lead to a conviction, a simple corollary is to let him focus on a speedy trial and acquittal, which the facts may well dictate, to enable his return.)
And the solution to the dilemma can be summed up with one (simple) name: Yuli Edelstein.
Note, first, that Yuli is #1 on the …
Interview with Aryeh about My Israel Trail on "Israel First" TV