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The Blogs Weekly Highlights
Choice Voices for the Week of
Thursday, May 18, 2023
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My prayer for the peace of Jerusalem
Peta Jones Pellach
When we come here, our tribal identities should melt away. Instead of looking sideways to see how we differ, we should look upwards
When Israel gave Hamas something worth not fighting for
The latest clash showed that what’s good for Gaza can be good for us – it’s time to implement game-changing humanitarian plans for the Strip
The Arnona Fund: A calculated assault on Israeli democracy
This anti-democratic strategy ripped straight from Orban’s playbook will undermine local autonomy and consolidate control
The unbearable lightness of discarding Lag BaOmer bonfires
The smell, the mess, the inconvenience – is that all leftists see in this unique, culturally deep Israeli tradition?
Evacuation diary: Fear of driving
The earth is a rich, dark brown, and clumpy, like the batter when I make sweet chocolate balls. White Queen Anne’s Lace and purple thistle weeds push up from the earth together with the partially dried green and tan empty field. The sky is full of clouds and instead of the flat, plowed wheat fields ending in the skyline of the Abasan Kabir with the turquoise mosque jutting out, I see a ridge of mountains still partially nestling in the clouds, like a blanket that doesn’t want to be...
A waste of an outfit
Having a key to an elevator somewhere in the synagogue building does not make the building handicapped accessible
The challenges of being an ultra-Orthodox combat soldier
Israel wants Haredi soldiers, but is it prepared to ease their way out of the IDF, post-service, and into society and employment?
Standing up to Big Pita in the holy land
In search of a good explanation for why my local shawarma place won’t plate my meat with veg and hold the bread
To all the apartments I’ve seen before
Seeking a rental flat in Jerusalem? Adjust expectations and whatever you do, don’t ask the landlord why there are no doors
Mic drop at the ‘Jewish Matchmaking’ premier
I worried that Netflix would get Orthodox Jewish dating wrong – until I realized that they aren’t the ones in the wrong
My sweet baby girl is in Paris, and I don’t know how she got there
She’s the one doing the changing; I’m the one have the growing pains
Passports, protests, and politics
The massive backlog in providing basic services to citizens is a quintessential lack of governance
A soldier’s love song, a country’s innocence
Crooning in 1968 from the peak of newly-captured Mt Hermon, a soldier offers his love a kingdom dipped in a sea of gold
Meir Ben Shabbat
Israel can nullify the threat of Palestinian Islamic Jihad
Israel must act to continue the success of Operation Shield and Arrow, including deterring Hamas from joining PIJ’s attacks
‘Small Gifts’: About a place where Judaism is in the air
Rami Kleinstein’s song welcoming Sabbath represents my Israel – that beautiful fusion of religious and secular
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