I’m lucky. My visit to Israel happened to occur the same time as the Israeli elections and I’ve had the great privilege of being part of the Election Day happening. And what exciting elections these turned to be. Continue reading
Yitzhak Rabin, Israel’s fifth prime minster was assassinated on 09.30 on Nov 4, 1995, at the end of a peace rally. Yigal Amir, a right winged extremist, strongly opposed to the Oslo Accords, shot the Prime Minster.
The next morning my husband and I told our son what happened. He was three years old at a time but with everyone talking about nothing else, he would end up overhearing about the murder anyways so it would be better if her heard about it from us first. Continue reading
The Jewish New Year, year 5773, is upon us. In Jewish tradition this is a time for reflection, looking back on all we’ve done, all we’ve accomplished, asking forgiveness for our wrongdoing, and praying for a better year. For more on Rosh Hashanah symbols and traditions, press here.
I’ll spare you the retrospective and skip right to the good wishes.
A few days ago I received an email from a dear friend of mine M. It was one of these chain emails and it recommended sharing with 12 people, but because of the powerful message, I would like to share with all of you:
A mystical Jewish formula for good mazel and who of us can’t use that!?
God our Father, walk through my house & take away all my worries & illness & please watch over & heal my family & other families too…Amen.
May the new year bring Health, Happiness, peace and prosperity.
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A Jewish mother is walking down the street with her two young sons. A passerby asks her how old the boys are. The doctor is three, the woman answers. And the lawyer is two.
A medieval Jewish astrologer prophesied to a king that his favorite mistress will die soon. Sure enough, the woman died a short time later, the king was outraged at the astrologer, certain that his prophecy had brought about the woman's death.
On June 7, 1981 Israel destroyed Iraq’s nuclear reactor. The reactor had less than a month to go before it became critical. On September 6. 2007, Israel destroyed Syria’s nuclear reactor weeks before it was ready to go live. In both cases, the air strike came as a surprise. There was no media festival pre-announcing the attacks, no declaration from Israel leaders about the Israel’s right to defend itself, by itself, against any threat , and certainly no military plan published before the fighters took off. In fact, the story about the bombing of the Syrian reactor was not exposed until more than three years later.
The current media festival around Israel allegedly imminent attack on Iran brings to mind another media festival which occurred before and during the First Gulf War, on 1990-1991.
In today’s raging debate on whether Israel should and will strike Iran, it is important to keep in mind the root of the problem: why a nuclear-armed Iran is a danger not only to Israel but to the entire world, why Iran’s nuclear program must be stopped. Benjamin Netanyahu dedicated his speech in AiPAC Policy Conference on March this year to the subject. Reading it again, it sounds more relevant than ever. Here is a partial transcript of the speech:
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Tonight, I’d like to talk to you about a subject that no one has been talking about recently…: Iran.
Every day, I open the newspapers and read about these redlines and these timelines. I read about what Israel has supposedly decided to do, or what Israel might do.
Well, I’m not going to talk to you about what Israel will do or will not do, I never talk about that. Continue reading
Men are always in the wrong, even when we mean well, said K. Now, you judge, what has the world come to? Why did I deserve this treatment?. Continue reading
Two months ago we launched www.JAMShome.com. And what a great two months these have been.
I ended up spending a lot more time than I had expected on the blog but I also enjoyed blogging much more than I had expected, and believe me when I say, I started with great expectations.
In the past two months I have realized how much I enjoy airing my thoughts. I also enjoy the discussions some of the posts spark, both offline from friends and acquaintances who read the blog, and online via comments and Facebook messages.
I have taken great pride with the growing traffic to the site and with each new follower. The blog visitors certainly love humor. Growing up Jewish and Jewish Mother jokes are among the most popular posts. I wish I had saved all the great jokes I received via email throughout the last few years. I make a solemn promise to share the best of them from now on. People were drawn to the posts about current events, like the posts about circumcision or President Obama support for Israel. I can promise more of these too. There will also be more book reviews, like the one about What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. Reading is still my favorite hobby, second only to blogging and writing.
In the last week, I made some changed to the blog, adding menus, changing the content of the side bar, and replacing the logo picture. I hope you find them to be improvements over the previous interface, but I would like to do more and I need your help. What do you like? What don’t you like? What would you like to see more off? Please take a few minutes of your time to provide your feedback. I included a form at the bottom of this post especially for this purpose.
Thank you for your interest in www.JAMShome.com. I hope to hear from you and see you again on the blog.
The London 2012 games are underway after a spectacular opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium directed by Danny Boyle.
The opening show celebrated everything British – from the industrial revolution to the National Health System, Mr. Bean, James Bond and the British Pop Music.
I was glued to the TV for almost for 3 hours in anticipation for the entrance of the Israeli delegation. The entrance of the Israeli delegation was much anticipated after the endless posts in the Social Media urging the International Olympic Committee to accept the request of the families of the Victims of Munich Massacre to hold an official moment of silence at the Games opening ceremony commemorating the 11 Israeli Athletes murdered in the Olympic Village in Munich by Palestinian Terrorists. Continue reading