When I light Shabbat candles, I know that thousands of women are completing the exact same ritual, at the same time. As did our mothers and grandmothers before us. As millions of Jewish women have done for centuries, around the world. One little match, two candles, focus, and intention make me expand beyond myself. For … More My Shabbat Candles
Israelis are generally friendly, warm and happy to have guests over. You don’t have to call in advance, just show up and knock on the door. But there is also a different kind of knock on the door. One that is never welcome. In fact, it is every family’s nightmare. Last night a family in … More The knock on the door
I once heard Bill Maher say that: “Israel has won every war she ever had to fight because she has to, she has no choice. If she loses she will be wiped off the map.” So true. In 2006, Israel was attacked by Hezbollah and was forced to go to war in Lebanon. The war … More What victory looks like
Two nights ago I sat in a restaurant with my family. The singing from the table behind us signified that it was not just my birthday. Grandparents were sitting at the center of a long table. The grandmother holding a newborn baby, her husband next to her, surrounded by their five married children, each with … More What happens after the terror attack?
Me in the middle of a sea of Indians. I had never seen so many Indians together in one place but that is because I haven’t been to India. Yet. Some 8000 Indians gathered in Tel Aviv’s exhibition grounds (according to the Indian Embassy in Israel). Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India invited the entire … More India and Israel: this is a love story
There is a dirty little secret the pro-Israel lobby doesn’t want you to know. It’s not really a secret, it’s out there for anyone to see but they distract from the issue, hoping to “maintain the peace.” Of course, this doesn’t work. Pretending the problem doesn’t exist will not make it go away, in fact, … More Ending apartheid in Israel
I #LoveIsraelBecause ours are a visionary people. In 1912 Yosef Yekutiel learned that numerous Jews participated in the Olympics and won medals. He envisioned Jewish athletes winning medals, not for the countries of their residence but for their homeland, Israel. After the war, his vision was denied by the Olympic Committee who responded saying that … More Maccabiah 2017