A view of Israel, the Arab-Israel conflict, Jewish issues and related topics, from a proud liberal feminist orthodox non-violent Zionist American-Israeli Jew who's lived in Israel for over 30 years, still believes in the probability of peace and yet also believes in the right of self-defense - for Jews, for Israelis, and for all those who treasure freedom.
Have a little Gratitude! VLOG Response to Stephen Fry on God/Atheism
A friend sent me a disturbing interview with comedian Stephen Fry where he calls God a "monster" for allowing suffering in the world. My first Video Blog is my informal, off-the-cuff reply - for the friend who sent it to me.
The Emergence of the Jews as a PeoplePesach 5777By AryehGreen Published in the Jerusalem Post Pesach Magazine 14 Nissan 5777 (10 April '17) Hiking Shvil Yisrael, the Israel
National Trail, a 600-mile trek through the length and breadth of the country, offers
a bit of a different perspective on things.
On life, on the challenges facing us in our little country… and on our
history as a people.
Trudging through the desert on one
of the first days of my journey on Shvil Yisrael, the Israel National Trail, a few weeks before Pesach in 2014 (5774), I was struck by the
incredibly powerful connection I felt with my people, our history, and our
land. Like the Children of Israel
wandering through the desert after the Exodus, I was experiencing an exhilarating sense of freedom, taking control of my destiny after a period of intense personal hardship. Later on, in the North of the
country, camping in the forest of Tzipori, where 2000 years ago a vibrant
community of 30,000 Jews lived and worked…
Mayim Bialik: “What a fascinating journey Aryeh presents us with and takes us on.
It is a beautiful exploration of self and identity; the movement of his
body through Israel echoes the movement of his spirit from loneliness and fear
to strength and fulfillment. What a metaphor for so many of our journeys in
this life!” Mayim Bialik, actress (Big Bang Theory, Blossom); author;
activist (Grok Nation); neuroscientist.Finding Peace in the Promised LandLessons for life and love learned on the Israel Trail Aryeh
Green, author of My Israel Trail: Finding Peace in the Promised Land, coming out in May 2018, hiked
the entire length and breadth of Israel on Shvil Yisrael – the Israel
National Trail – following his divorce.
The lessons he learned on the physical trek, enabling the personal
growth to move ahead with his life, and his intimate encounter with the Land
and people of Israel along the way, are the uplifting basis of his inspiring
talks about his ‘journey’. Aryeh’s success in facing and…
A STORY FOR YOM HAZIKARON & YOM HA’ATZMAUTI would like to share with you a “coincidence” that happened in our family just before Pesach, as I believe the story has relevance to Yom Ha’atzmaut and the miracle of our living here. The hours of Yom HaZikaron will are dark ones, so I am hoping this story will offer some comfort.A few weeks ago, I got a phonecall from my parents’ friend Becky. Becky is now in her seventies, but my family first came to know her in 1939 when she and her parents and sister fled Germany and came to live in rented rooms on the upper floor of my grandmother’s house. My grandparents lived in Stamford Hill, London, which even then was a very Jewish area, but my grandparents were not observant Jews, not even traditional Jews. My grandpa had a grocery store and I am not even going to tell you what kinds of foods were for sale in that shop!My grandparents loved the refugee family living upstairs, and a warm friendship sprung up between them. Similarly, my fathe…