Yonatan Sredni

Shavuot: Bedtime for Bibi?

Shavuot: Bedtime for Bibi?

Going to sleep is not so simple when you are prime minister., 14/05/2013 13:06
Jerusalem State of Mind

Jerusalem State of Mind

There is a prerequisite to celebrating Jerusalem Day., 08/05/2013 14:53
Pesach Sheni and the Airline Strike

Pesach Sheni and the Airline Strike

Pesach Sheni is about second chances. Will strike-affected tourists give Israel another chance?, 24/04/2013 11:16
Israel at 65: Thumbs Up

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. , 13/04/2013 22:55
Elijah, The Gang's All Here!

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?, 21/03/2013 20:53
Tree's A Crowd - Month of Nisan Sports New Coalition

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., 12/03/2013 00:09
Who's Got It Better Than Us?

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. , 24/01/2013 22:01
Election Day: Following the Leader?

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., 21/01/2013 00:22
Sukkot Shakedown: A Political Four Species

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'., 29/09/2012 04:28
The Yom Kippur Clincher

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, 25/09/2012 08:10
Rosh Hashannah Moon-Walk

Rosh Hashannah Moon-Walk

Neil Armstrong said it all in one sentence. , 13/09/2012 15:35
July 4th, 5th of Iyar - What's in a Date?

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

Should 3 day weekends take precedence over the actual date a holiday occurs?, 05/07/2012 05:32
Memorial Day Weekend and the 5th of Iyar

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?, 28/05/2012 10:01
Where the Wild Politicians Are: A Tale of the Knesset

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. , 12/05/2012 20:58
When I'm 64

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., 26/04/2012 01:31
Thoughts for Martin Luther King Day

Thoughts for Martin Luther King Day

What would Martin Luther King dream about today?, 15/01/2012 10:00
A Modern Day Moshe?

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., 12/01/2012 13:08
12 "Bold" Predictions for 2012

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., 29/12/2011 13:15
Dreidels Are Not the Only Spinners

Dreidels Are Not the Only Spinners

How a simple game of dreidel takes on a new spin. Just spin, baby! , 20/12/2011 08:19
Moneyball-iya: A Winning Formula

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? , 02/12/2011 07:17
The Har-Bowl: The Essence of Thanksgiving

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. , 23/11/2011 23:26
The Israeli Family Circus

The Israeli Family Circus

'Not Me' & 'Ida Know' are alive and well – and not just on the funny pages. , 15/11/2011 07:38
Another Good Reason to Make Aliyah: If You Build...

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

The USA has its own kind of building freeze for Jews. Read on., 27/10/2011 17:30
Steve, Al, and - Chanan

Steve, Al, and - Chanan

Recently departed giants in technology, sports - and Jewish leadership - left very different legacies., 25/10/2011 10:34
Gilligan's Island and the Arab-Israel Conflict

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., 26/07/2011 18:26
17 Tammuz, Tablets and Boycotts

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., 19/07/2011 08:36
"Book 'em, Danon!"

"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., 07/07/2011 14:34
July 4th: Getting Old Means...

July 4th: Getting Old Means...

Imagine the 235th Independence Day of Israel...with the help of G-d (and a little less from Obama..)., 04/07/2011 10:16
You Can Neither Run nor Hide

You Can Neither Run nor Hide

Leaders have to face the music. A lesson from Chukat, this week's Torah reading., 02/07/2011 23:19
Just One More Thing: Peter Falk

Just One More Thing: Peter Falk

On the passing of Jewish actor Peter Falk, the author ponders his most famous character's legacy., 29/06/2011 09:03
Shlach: The Tourist Trap

Shlach: The Tourist Trap

, 17/06/2011 09:07
Shavuot: Do Not Pass, Go!

Shavuot: Do Not Pass, Go!

There are all kinds of opportunities and some keep you awake., 06/06/2011 19:58
Obama, Jerusalem Day is no Joke

Obama, Jerusalem Day is no Joke

Obama and Netanyahu brought about some major awareness about 1967, which is what Jerusalem Day is all about., 31/05/2011 17:22
Lag Ba'Omer: Distance Learning

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?, 20/05/2011 15:29
Missing the Boat - Again!

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'., 17/05/2011 20:40
A Royal Wedding-Holy Matrimony!

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. , 29/04/2011 10:57
Four Sons? Leave it to Bieber

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., 11/04/2011 23:47
Reaction: Remember the Fogels!

Reaction: Remember the Fogels!

For the writer, Shabbat Zachor, the reading on the Sabbath before Purim, takes on a whole new meaning this year., 16/03/2011 21:43
Wow! The Pope Exonerated Us!

Wow! The Pope Exonerated Us!

The Pope gives a somewhat belated mea culpa, Sheen didn't even say "I'm sorry.", 09/03/2011 16:42
Egypt Bowl: Time Running Out

Egypt Bowl: Time Running Out

Sredni, as usual, finds a seemingly light, but actually quite insightful, way to describe the situation in Egypt. , 03/02/2011 20:22
To Be or not Tu Be-Shvat?

To Be or not Tu Be-Shvat?

In a lighter vein, but with a serious note., 20/01/2011 00:06
Beshalach: Facing the Music?

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?, 13/01/2011 11:35
Even In Disney World, Mr. Katsav

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, 07/01/2011 12:18
Chanukah is Coming to Town!

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., 03/12/2010 11:46
If You Will It, SF Giants' Style

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., 04/11/2010 23:10
Meet the Palestones

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., 06/10/2010 12:16
Staying Off Track

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! , 13/08/2010 11:06
Tisha B'Av: Yes, We Can!

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. , 19/07/2010 10:21
Your Song, Israel: Elton John

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!" , 18/06/2010 11:45
Definitely not The Love Boat

Definitely not The Love Boat

A little black humor in a difficult situation is one of the ways Jews cope. , 01/06/2010 23:26
Elvis Costello--Who Cares?

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., 22/05/2010 22:14
Shavuot, Stick to it!

Shavuot, Stick to it!

What convinced Naomi that Ruth was determined to go with her?, 10/05/2010 01:29
Lag BaOmer: Respectful Distance

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., 30/04/2010 10:41
Pesach Sheni-Taking Charge

Pesach Sheni-Taking Charge

, 26/04/2010 23:24
Rooting for Netanyahu Jr.

Rooting for Netanyahu Jr.

Avner Netanyahu competes in the International Bible Quiz on Independence Day. , 19/04/2010 10:56
For Whom the Siren Sounds

For Whom the Siren Sounds

Israel stands silent for two minutes twice a year. Drivers stop their cars and stand. , 13/04/2010 22:17
Adar: Don't Worry, Be Happy?

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?, 12/02/2010 13:41