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.
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…
S.F. native sees opening of Arab society as vital to Israel
by joe eskenazi
Natan Sharansky and Aryeh Green bumped into each other at a virtually abandoned Israeli beachside hotel nearly 20 years ago.
The famed Russian dissident loved to swim in the ocean — but he was a weak swimmer. And Green, a San Francisco-born, U.C. Berkeley-educated Israeli, was a former lifeguard.
Fast-forwarding to the present, Sharansky is Israel’s minister for Jerusalem and diaspora affairs. And Green is one of his top advisers and a key figure in Sharansky’s Yisrael B’Aliya political party.
Green, who dropped in on his hometown last week for a series of speeches, finds himself straddling a number of competing beliefs. The kippah-wearing dual citizen and former rabbinical student describes himself as a “lifelong lefty.” And yet, his party caters largely to Russian emigres who, to put it extremely mildly, are not.
What’s more, he and his liberal Berkeley friends are ha…
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 …