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.
[This post has nothing to do with Israel but everything to do with me. I figured if Mayim can put herself out there so personally, so can I. :-)]
I saw a video the other day posted by Mayim Bialik about how she and her ex-husband are managing to construct a family dynamic filled with love and respect, raising their children together after their divorce, even spending religious holidays together.
This got me thinking about my situation after my divorce – and remarriage – and about how the "new normal" in family life poses so many challenges to so many of us these days.
According to recent statistics, more marriages end in divorce in America today than last the lifetime they were supposedly intended to.* It's a tragic and disturbing reality – certainly for those of us, married or otherwise, who see the institution of marriage as just that: forever.
And the challenges this reality poses are significant. How to spend vacation and religious festivals, and with whom, is only th…
5 Steps on the Path to Arab-Israel PeaceGuidance for the new administration… and generation Aryeh Green, author of the forthcoming book My Israel Trail: Finding Peace in the Land of Milk and Honey, 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, have fascinating implications for the conflict in the Middle East. Offering an inspiring and uplifting perspective on the history and reality on the ground in the region, Aryeh presents a path for reaching real peace between Arab and Jew, breaking through the propaganda and misplaced assumptions guiding efforts to date. His radical approach to facing and meeting personal challenges – from an excruciatingly steep ascent to the excruciating loneliness of the trek and of life after divorce – when applied to the Arab-Israel dispute is powerful, captivating and far-reaching. This e…
The Emergence of the Jews as a PeoplePesach 5777By Aryeh
Green[Written for 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 the journey, a few weeks before Pesach, 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 and prospered, with Seder night
looming, I reflected on …