One week after my city was set on fire, I’m having a hard time writing about what happened. It’s different when something traumatic happens to you. I don’t even have a full picture of the day in my head. It’s like scenes in a play, disjointed blips and in between, blank. Last week, before the … More What do you do when someone sets your neighborhood on fire?
Why is it that, although terrorism and war are not infrequent in Israel, the number of IDF soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is actually amongst the lowest in militaries around the world? In 2013 the Israel Defense Forces Medical Corps Mental Health Department released a study on PTSD with staggering statistics. For … More 5 reasons IDF soldiers suffer less from PTSD
I wish I could have attended the event organized by Artists 4 Israel who tattooed wounded soldiers and survivors of terrorism. In some cases, they covered scars with beautiful new graphics, in other cases, people chose to place their body art elsewhere. The special event took place last week at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Tattooing … More Paint your own way
Yes. I said it. Don’t jump on me, hear me out. This is not about being derogatory to an entire culture, this is about a little discussed but very dangerous trend that is effecting the entire world. Yes. This is a generalization. Again – this is NOT about individuals, it’s about a culture. To clarify … More The Arab world has an empathy problem
Ten years ago, on July 12th, 2006 the Second Lebanon War began with a coordinated Hezbollah attack on Israeli civilians and soldiers. They rained missiles down on towns in northern Israel causing injury, destruction and most of all distraction which they used to attack IDF soldiers. Hezbollah fighters crossed the border from Lebanon in to … More 10 years after the war
A girl named Hallel: praise, glorify. Praise to God for granting a mother a child she desperately wanted. A song of praise, a song of life. 13.5 years Hallel lived, smiled and danced. Her presence made her family happy. This morning it ended. Not by accident. Or because of a disease. A person took her … More Hallel: A song of praise, a song of life
After last night’s terror attack in Tel Aviv what more can be said? It’s the same story over and over. We are attacked and the world doesn’t care. One news outlet put the word terrorist in quotation marks, as if they are uncertain of the definition of what a terrorist is – perhaps men who … More Terrorism makes us stronger
As terror attack follows terror attack, the body count rises. How many bodies are enough? 1? 20? 200? 6 million? When will enough be enough? The body count rises. But who counts the bodies of those left behind? Parents murdered, orphans left behind… Who considers the children who have to grow up without parents? The … More Body count
Again we are hearing news of negotiations for a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. The world media seems jubilant. I am not. I don’t want a ceasefire. I want peace. Real peace. A ceasefire means ceasing to fire. It makes no mention of putting down weapons, or taking a step further and “beating swords into … More I don’t want a ceasefire.
Americans like it simple. Put on a ten gallon hat, make it white and you’ve got your “good guy”. Make it black and you know “that cowboy ain’t no good”… In the Middle East there aren’t any cowboys and people can’t be divided on the lines of race, culture or even religion. There are Moslems … More There Aren’t Any Cowboys in the Middle East