Paula R. Stern

Birkat Kohanot? Priestess' blessing at the Wall?

Women and men are equal in Judaism and before G-d, but they are different and play different roles. Is that so hard to understand?, 4/24/2016, 9:05 PM

Letting other people's sons die

"I didn't fire at the terrorist because there was no proof and Ori died." And what if Ori were your son? What if that hesitation kills him?, 3/28/2016, 8:56 AM

Thanking the hilltop youth and their parents

Do you know who the hilltop youth are? Or do you believe the mainstrem media?, 1/6/2016, 8:14 AM

A true indictment

We have waited for weeks for the indictment, for charges to be filed, for evidence to be shown and accusations made. Instead, the first of the boys was released after 17 days of abuse., 12/28/2015, 11:54 PM

The Story of a Rocket

Yesterday's rocket wasn't one of the usual lethal weapons from Israel's neighbors. It was an attempt to instill fear into children on a very special day., 9/2/2015, 11:09 AM

Is Jonathan Pollard a Hero?

How Pollard compares with conventional heroes., 7/30/2015, 5:52 AM

The Greatest of Fools

Iran negotiaions: It would be funny if it weren't so tragic; it would be hysterical, if our lives didn't depend on it., 7/10/2015, 2:47 PM

Passover and Redemption Trump the News

We are a people returned to our land - a Divine promise that only a fool would ignore. Iran agreement, notwithstanding., 4/3/2015, 12:18 PM

The Rami Levy Store Attack: Choose, or We Will

Israeli Jews can learn one of two contradictory lessons from yesterday's attack at the supermarket chain that symbolizes coexistence. , 12/4/2014, 5:48 AM

Geraldo, Get Real

Geraldo Rivera thinks Israel has lost its moral authority. How sad., 7/21/2014, 12:28 AM

A Response to Your Letter, Prime Minister Netanyahu

When the Palestinians want peace, we won't have to buy it and so long as we are willing to pay a price such as this, they will win. The blood on their hands remains., 7/28/2013, 10:21 PM

The Jewish Way, the Jewish Army

The Sabbath, Shabbat, is still the same holy day, war or not, and the IDF is the same holy army, in Gaza or outside of it. Pray for the wellbeing of our soldiers as you light candles., 11/16/2012, 3:31 PM

Sweden's Shameful Blood Libel

It really is that simple., 8/25/2009, 7:47 PM

The Battle of Lamentations

This was the war they brought to our streets., 7/21/2009, 11:32 PM

Defining Normal

We are in the three-minute zone; aren't we lucky?, 6/5/2009, 1:27 AM

The Commonality

Today, we are all Jews from Judea and Samaria., 4/27/2009, 11:53 PM

A Question and a Request

On the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day., 4/20/2009, 1:22 PM

Bat Ayin: They are Our Children

A 7-year-old shouldn't have to fight for his life., 4/3/2009, 12:19 AM

What Goes Up Will Come Down

No aid should reach the Palestinians yet., 3/4/2009, 11:25 PM

Stop Negotiating for Gilad

Prove that Gilad is alive and well., 2/16/2009, 12:37 AM

Israel’s Greatest Enemies

Time after time, we defeat ourselves., 2/9/2009, 2:17 PM

Houses of God

One more prayer., 1/2/2009, 10:56 AM

Where You Light a Candle

My son's menorah may have even more meaning., 12/26/2008, 12:52 AM

In the Middle of a Wasteland

A house, not small in size, is located in Hebron., 12/18/2008, 12:10 AM


An affront to the soldiers of Israel., 12/9/2008, 11:00 PM

Voting There, Living Here

Elie has never voted before., 10/18/2008, 8:19 PM

How Do You Lose a Human Being?

They say they lost both Ron Arad and Eli Cohen., 9/2/2008, 10:20 PM

Israel: God's Undeniable Miracle

The purest of loves; the simplest of desires., 5/7/2008, 10:01 PM

Who He Stands For

When the sirens wail, Elie will be standing too., 4/30/2008, 11:25 PM

The Cost of Selling Chametz

It's far greater than the price of bread., 4/9/2008, 11:39 PM

What Did You Do Today?

So many questions and so few answers., 1/27/2008, 11:07 PM

Are All Extremists Really Extreme?

Expecting trouble from extremists on both sides., 1/8/2008, 11:22 PM

Swifter Than Eagles, Stronger Than Lions

Their lives were a product of all that is Israel., 1/3/2008, 5:19 PM

Moving to Israel

Your attitude will make your Aliyah a success., 12/20/2007, 7:40 PM


Are you still wearing that orange bracelet?, 12/2/2007, 11:47 PM

The Promise He Couldn't Keep

They would move to Sderot to be near her family., 11/20/2007, 4:27 PM

The Greatest Victory, Even in Defeat

The lowest forms of life are crawling amid the Ivy, 11/7/2007, 1:52 PM

Israel's Preconditions

Olmert seems to have forgotten to prepare his list, 10/17/2007, 11:40 AM

A Lesson from the Army

I thought I'd have time to come to terms with this, 9/10/2007, 6:22 PM

Why Was Israel Created?

Contemplating the meaning of Israel's existence., 8/29/2007, 12:21 PM

The Real Issue Wasn't Refusal

Israeli journalists are losing their way., 8/10/2007, 2:06 AM

'I am Gilad, Son of Noam'

His most important words were these., 7/2/2007, 1:06 AM

On Patrol

Where a mother's head and heart collide., 5/9/2007, 11:50 PM

Bowing to the Enemy

There can be no future for the ghetto Jew., 2/20/2007, 11:45 PM

From One Mother to Another

While the Palestinians dance in victory and more rockets land in Sderot, I have a message for Palestinian mothers (and fathers), and for our own government and army. It is a very simple message that I wish to present clearly and without hesitancy or even regret. , 1/12/2007, 2:05 AM

Perfect Moments

Perfect moments in Israel are those that happen when there is "relative quiet," a term the media uses most freely to imply a change in the Palestinian society's actions or beliefs, but we Israelis use less often. For us, relative quiet relates more to personal safety issues than to the last time a terrorist attack succeeded., 10/12/2006, 12:36 PM

The Stench of Something Rotten

Something stinks in the way this government managed (or mismanaged) the Lebanon War: Part II. Something is rotten in the sheer number of our politicians being accused of sexual misconduct. Something is wrong with how many of our leaders are being accused of bribery, fraud, dishonesty and betraying the trust of the people., 9/26/2006, 3:53 PM

Where Synagogues Burn, So Will Churches

The lesson of history, learned over the centuries, is that where synagogues burn, so too will churches. , 9/18/2006, 10:38 AM

When You Sleep With a Missile

Our loving life is not what makes us vulnerable, it is what makes us invincible., 7/31/2006, 9:11 PM

War of the Captives

The war in the north, like in Gaza, began when Hizbullah crossed an internationally recognized border to attack, murder and kidnap Israeli soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. Here, too, Israel's response was the easiest to predict., 7/23/2006, 11:52 PM

Shake the Earth

That the attackers and kidnappers will likely hide their prize among Palestinian civilians is not our problem and we must now show the same lack of mercy that was shown to us. They chose how to begin this war and it is our obligation to see it through until the end, until our sons are brought home., 6/25/2006, 10:11 PM

Whose Land is It?

The Uninformed wonder about the price of bread, where the next bomb will go off, but of those who have no home, of those who have been crushed by our government, they know not, and sometimes care not. The Perplexed stare at the happenings of our country and wonder how it all went wrong., 5/15/2006, 7:17 PM

What to Bring When You Come to Israel

I know that people may advise you about bringing certain electrical equipment, perhaps stores of some foods or medications, furniture, shoes, clothes, maybe even certain books. I'll leave that to others. Here are my suggestions..., 5/2/2006, 7:04 PM

It Will Never Go Away? Never?

"We had no weapons, we had no country," a Holocaust survivor explained on the radio this morning. Today, we have weapons. Today, we have a country., 4/25/2006, 10:39 PM

No One to Blame But Ourselves

At a time when our courts have again recognized that lands in Hebron were and are owned by Jews, it is our Israeli government that orders Hebron be classified as a closed military zone and Jews not allowed to enter., 1/18/2006, 11:48 PM

The Weakness Continues

Listening to news reports of Arabs celebrating in Palestinian-controlled areas just shows, again, how misguided were Sharon's last months. No one benefited more from his unilateral plan than the Arabs and it is they who celebrate his tragic condition., 1/11/2006, 10:50 PM

No More Self-Denigration

In the ghetto, we had no choice but to accept the Jewish leaders we had and understand that to survive, they were often forced to collaborate with our enemies, to trade what was good in the long term for what would let our people survive today. We are not in the ghetto anymore. , 12/26/2005, 11:55 PM