Yonatan Sredni

Shavuot: Bedtime for Bibi?

Going to sleep is not so simple when you are prime minister., 5/14/2013, 1:06 PM

Jerusalem State of Mind

There is a prerequisite to celebrating Jerusalem Day., 5/8/2013, 2:53 PM

Pesach Sheni and the Airline Strike

Pesach Sheni is about second chances. Will strike-affected tourists give Israel another chance?, 4/24/2013, 11:16 AM

Israel at 65: Thumbs Up

Upon the recent passing of the second half of America’s most famous film critiquing pair, Siskel & Ebert, the writer offers a ‘sneak preview’ of their next endeavor. , 4/13/2013, 10:55 PM

Elijah, The Gang's All Here!

The Prophet Eliyahu, symbol of the humble wayfarer, is invited to enter the home through the symbolic opening of the front door to the house towards the end of the Seder. Why at the Seder?, 3/21/2013, 8:53 PM

Tree's A Crowd - Month of Nisan Sports New Coalition

The onset of spring brings with it a new Israeli government coalition and new political satire., 3/12/2013, 12:09 AM

Who's Got It Better Than Us?

This writer ties in Tu B'Shvat, this week's Torah portion and the Super Bowl in a way that will make you ponder. , 1/24/2013, 10:01 PM

Election Day: Following the Leader?

On the eve of Israel’s elections, the writer ponders the influence of leaders on the public- and vice versa., 1/21/2013, 12:22 AM

Sukkot Shakedown: A Political Four Species

In this satirical, fictional short story, two old friends meet by chance, leaving one of them 'all shook up'., 9/29/2012, 4:28 AM

The Yom Kippur Clincher

Even before the famous story of how Jewish baseball legend Sandy Koufax took the holiday off, Yom Kippur and Baseball have been linked, but not so much anymore. The author tries to find a connection, 9/25/2012, 8:10 AM

Rosh Hashannah Moon-Walk

Neil Armstrong said it all in one sentence. , 9/13/2012, 3:35 PM

July 4th, 5th of Iyar - What's in a Date?

Should 3 day weekends take precedence over the actual date a holiday occurs?, 7/5/2012, 5:32 AM

Memorial Day Weekend and the 5th of Iyar

If Israel's Independence Day becomes Thursday permanently, rather than falling on the 5th of Iyar, the date of Ben Gurion's daring move will lose its significance. Is that worth a 3 day weekend?, 5/28/2012, 10:01 AM

Where the Wild Politicians Are: A Tale of the Knesset

This week's passing of Maurice Sendak, author of the beloved children's book 'Where the Wild Things Are', helped the writer put this past week's topsy-turvy political events in perspective. , 5/12/2012, 8:58 PM

When I'm 64

Israel’s 64th birthday is the opportune time to ask the same questions The Beatles did nearly half a century ago. Well, almost., 4/26/2012, 1:31 AM

Thoughts for Martin Luther King Day

What would Martin Luther King dream about today?, 1/15/2012, 10:00 AM

A Modern Day Moshe?

There was once a mock CV for Moses in a Jewish paper - "foreign shepherd with speech impediment, record includes murder and flight to Midian - would you hire this man?" But it seems that G-d has other criteria for leadership., 1/12/2012, 1:08 PM

12 "Bold" Predictions for 2012

Of course, the real New Year starts with Rosh Hashanah, introspection and repentance. It is certainly not a time for humor. What does 2012 hold in store? Read this writer's 12 prognoses for 2012 - and smile., 12/29/2011, 1:15 PM

Dreidels Are Not the Only Spinners

How a simple game of dreidel takes on a new spin. Just spin, baby! , 12/20/2011, 8:19 AM

Moneyball-iya: A Winning Formula

Brad Pitt's latest film reminds us that living in Israel is not 'all about the money'. Is that what G-d was telling Jacob in this week's Torah reading? , 12/2/2011, 7:17 AM

The Har-Bowl: The Essence of Thanksgiving

The meeting of two brothers on opposite sides of the gridiron this Thursday night sheds light on what the holiday is all about. , 11/23/2011, 11:26 PM

The Israeli Family Circus

'Not Me' & 'Ida Know' are alive and well – and not just on the funny pages. , 11/15/2011, 7:38 AM

Another Good Reason to Make Aliyah: If You Build...

The USA has its own kind of building freeze for Jews. Read on., 10/27/2011, 5:30 PM

Steve, Al, and - Chanan

Recently departed giants in technology, sports - and Jewish leadership - left very different legacies., 10/25/2011, 10:34 AM

Gilligan's Island and the Arab-Israel Conflict

With the recent passing of Jewish American TV producer Sherwood Schwartz, the author wonders which of the two iconic sit-coms he created most aptly depicts the 'situation' here., 7/26/2011, 6:26 PM

17 Tammuz, Tablets and Boycotts

Israelis have become all too accustomed to being boycotted by outsiders. On 17 Tammuz, Moses realized the golden calf was no 'innocent boycott' or protest, but a severely misguided act by a people who had strayed way off the proper path., 7/19/2011, 8:36 AM

"Book 'em, Danon!"

Our initimable Sredni uses clever satire and story telling to shed light on the the recent 'incitement' detainments of rabbis who endorsed 'Torat Hamelech'. It could happen to you., 7/7/2011, 2:34 PM

July 4th: Getting Old Means...

Imagine the 235th Independence Day of Israel...with the help of G-d (and a little less from Obama..)., 7/4/2011, 10:16 AM

You Can Neither Run nor Hide

Leaders have to face the music. A lesson from Chukat, this week's Torah reading., 7/2/2011, 11:19 PM

Just One More Thing: Peter Falk

On the passing of Jewish actor Peter Falk, the author ponders his most famous character's legacy., 6/29/2011, 9:03 AM

Shlach: The Tourist Trap

, 6/17/2011, 9:07 AM

Shavuot: Do Not Pass, Go!

There are all kinds of opportunities and some keep you awake., 6/6/2011, 7:58 PM

Obama, Jerusalem Day is no Joke

Obama and Netanyahu brought about some major awareness about 1967, which is what Jerusalem Day is all about., 5/31/2011, 5:22 PM

Lag Ba'Omer: Distance Learning

How could Rabbi Akiva's students, scholars in their own right, fall in the basic precept of acting properly towards their fellow students?, 5/20/2011, 3:29 PM

Missing the Boat - Again!

As the upcoming 'minor' holiday of 'second chances', Pesach Sheni, is on Wednesday, the author muses about the people who 'never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity'., 5/17/2011, 8:40 PM

A Royal Wedding-Holy Matrimony!

What does it mean to be 'holy'? The author muses about that question in light of the Royal Wedding, this week's Torah portion and the upcoming memorial days for the holy martyrs of Israel. , 4/29/2011, 10:57 AM

Four Sons? Leave it to Bieber

The writer asks himself: So, will I become a Justin Bieber fan? and explains why that is a significant question, especially around Pesach time., 4/11/2011, 11:47 PM

Reaction: Remember the Fogels!

For the writer, Shabbat Zachor, the reading on the Sabbath before Purim, takes on a whole new meaning this year., 3/16/2011, 9:43 PM

Wow! The Pope Exonerated Us!

The Pope gives a somewhat belated mea culpa, Sheen didn't even say "I'm sorry.", 3/9/2011, 4:42 PM

Egypt Bowl: Time Running Out

Sredni, as usual, finds a seemingly light, but actually quite insightful, way to describe the situation in Egypt. , 2/3/2011, 8:22 PM

To Be or not Tu Be-Shvat?

In a lighter vein, but with a serious note., 1/20/2011, 12:06 AM

Beshalach: Facing the Music?

While I can understand why this Shabbat is dubbed ‘Shabbat Shira’, I wonder how unique it really is. I mean, after all, shouldn’t we sing every Shabbat?, 1/13/2011, 11:35 AM

Even In Disney World, Mr. Katsav

Whether you believe Katsav was guilty or not, it is clear that a behavior code is woefully lacking. Even in Disney World, 1/7/2011, 12:18 PM

Chanukah is Coming to Town!

Only in Israel does Chanukah reign supreme this time of year, with Israelis not even reacting to the Xmas symbols that surround Jews everywhere else., 12/3/2010, 11:46 AM

If You Will It, SF Giants' Style

The author pinched himself to be sure it was not a dream. An analogy with Israel is not out of place., 11/4/2010, 11:10 PM

Meet the Palestones

On the 50th anniversary of The Flintstones debut, the writer wonders if Israel of 2010 is all that different from Bedrock. We all can use a good laugh, even if the finale is somewhat hard to imagine., 10/6/2010, 12:16 PM

Staying Off Track

In Israel we have a long way to go improve the way drivers drive and decrease road accidents. Why bother? Because we care! , 8/13/2010, 11:06 AM

Tisha B'Av: Yes, We Can!

The origin of Barak Obama's popular campaign slogan, 'Yes, we can!' dates back much further than his 2008 presidential campaign. Its origin may be Biblical. , 7/19/2010, 10:21 AM

Your Song, Israel: Elton John

This is Your Song, Israel. 50,000 fans came to his concert Thursday night and Elton John declared (referring to other musicians who boycotted Israel), "No one could have stopped me from coming!" , 6/18/2010, 11:45 AM

Definitely not The Love Boat

A little black humor in a difficult situation is one of the ways Jews cope. , 6/1/2010, 11:26 PM

Elvis Costello--Who Cares?

The unforgettable lyrics of the great Elvis come to mind when seeing that a lesser Elvis has decided to cancel his trip to Israel. Return to Sender., 5/22/2010, 10:14 PM

Shavuot, Stick to it!

What convinced Naomi that Ruth was determined to go with her?, 5/10/2010, 1:29 AM

Lag BaOmer: Respectful Distance

An insightful idea for the story of Rabbi Akiva's students' plague that has its parallel in Israeli society, the IDF--and in similar ways, in the Western and cybernet world., 4/30/2010, 10:41 AM

Pesach Sheni-Taking Charge

, 4/26/2010, 11:24 PM

Rooting for Netanyahu Jr.

Avner Netanyahu competes in the International Bible Quiz on Independence Day. , 4/19/2010, 10:56 AM

For Whom the Siren Sounds

Israel stands silent for two minutes twice a year. Drivers stop their cars and stand. , 4/13/2010, 10:17 PM

Adar: Don't Worry, Be Happy?

Let's see-- some of us live in Israel/are Jewish/ we all read INN, and we're supposed to be happy just because the month of Adar is here? How do we manage that?, 2/12/2010, 1:41 PM