Hel-LO? An affront to the soldiers of Israel.
TornAre you still wearing that orange bracelet?
On PatrolWhere a mother's head and heart collide.
From One Mother to AnotherWhile 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.
Perfect MomentsPerfect 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.
The Stench of Something RottenSomething 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.
War of the CaptivesThe 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.
Shake the EarthThat 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.
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.
What to Bring When You Come to IsraelI 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...
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.
No One to Blame But OurselvesAt 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.
The Weakness ContinuesListening 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.
No More Self-DenigrationIn 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.
Kadima?Kadima can mean moving forward, progress and forethought, but in Sharon's case, it reminds me of when my children were young and wanted to charge off in some direction, unaware of what lay ahead.
The Sand LilyLife is sometimes about the little things we can do amid the greater wrongs we cannot stop.
Good Night, Humpty DumptyWhatever the outcome of Monday's political maneuverings - whether Sharon falls now or in the near future, or ultimately survives the political battlefield to the next scheduled election date - his unmistakable similarity to Humpty Dumpty is hard to ignore.
Our MomentsAs my daughter and I decorated our <I>sukkah</I> in preparation for the holiday, I turned on the radio only to hear the ominous interview between the broadcaster and a hospital representative. I've heard it so many times in the last five years and yet, each time, the dread is new, the anxiety, the pain, the anger.
To Save a Synagogue or a BathroomOnly a month ago, I asked a simple question: if you could save one building in your community, which would it be? For the community of Nachalat Yehuda in Ma'aleh Adumim, that one building was a small study hall and synagogue that belonged to a Yeshiva in Moshav Katif. The Sharon government answered: a bathroom.
Under the Rockets Red GlareRockets are again falling on Israeli towns and lands. Or perhaps it would be more appropriate to say rockets are still falling. Either way, we are once again in the relatively unique position of being targeted by our enemies while expected to simply sit back and do nothing.
The Face of Islamic Religious IntoleranceThe Palestinian mobs are frantic and out of control in their bloodthirsty quest to destroy the synagogues, because they recognize that these places are holy to the Jews. Of course they are synagogues, today as they were yesterday. The ground sacred, the buildings holy.
If You Could Save One BuildingIf, from your whole community, you could only save one building, which would it be? Without doubt, for most Jews, it would be our synagogue.
Stop the Bulldozers, Now!As we "orange" people had long suspected, bombs started going off in Israel again, only five days after the last expulsion, and while Jews are still packing their belongings and bulldozers are ramming into the lives and communities that remain.
My Eyes Fail With TearsFinally, we were given a clear choice: unilateral action (Amram Mitzna's platform) or security and peace, strength and conviction (Ariel Sharon's platform). We would not retreat under fire, Sharon promised again and again.
Clueless in JerusalemWhat becomes more and more clear each day is that Ariel Sharon's Disengagement Plan is neither a disengagement nor a plan. Sharon will not disengage the populations. His only plan involves destroying the lives and livelihoods of 9,000 Jews.
When Lions Are Led by AssesIt was a wonder to watch our children. We raise them and then wonder how they will behave when we aren't around to hand out the discipline, and now I know. They behaved with decorum, with propriety.
Days of Shame and PerfidyThe rally in Netivot was a huge failure for the government. They betrayed laws they are charged with upholding. They betrayed promises and agreements they made, manipulated and lied to achieve their goals.
Brotherhood Among VictimsThe lesson, as we well know it, is that in a moment of utter horror, lives change and we'll never have a satisfactory answer as to why, what could possibly be gained by destroying the lives of innocent people on commuter trains and buses. This is the reality we have lived with, the truth the Americans and Europeans have learned.
A Child's Zoo in a Cursed Land - Part IIIt wasn't fair, I told her the first time I met her, to simply take our parks and compare them to where Palestinian children play. It is too easy a trap in which to fall. It is too simple to conclude that those who have are guilty simply by virtue of the fact that there exist those who do not have.
A Child's Zoo in a Cursed Land - Part IMore than 6,000 mortars and rockets have been shot at their homes in the last five years and yet these children happily focused on the needs of the animals. This amazing zoo is located in N'vei Dekalim, in the Gush Katif section of the Gaza Strip. It is an oasis of sanity in an insane world, a place of light and sunshine and peace.