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.
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…
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…