Israel

The Struggle Here, the Struggle Now

To say that these past three years here in Israel have been a struggle for me is not an exaggeration. I came with a whole lot of baggage and hard feelings. And I came with a lot of high hopes for what my life could and should look like. Struggle to Find my Path I […]

Parties, Coalitions, and Craziness… Oh My!

Yup, politics. More specifically, Israeli politics. Not something I love to talk about, and I’m sure there will be folk who do not love to hear what I have to say. Israel’s Messy Political Situation The political situation in Israel is a mess. Now, granted, it seems to be quite a mess everywhere. Americans are […]

Israel’s Strange Love Affair with Donald Trump

Many months ago, I was asked if I could write a piece for an American-Jewish newspaper and I tossed together this article. Sadly, for whatever reason it was never published. But I thought I’d hand it over to Jaffe World instead. Enjoy my take on the odd relationship between Donald Trump and the Israeli people. […]

Healthy Religiosity, Israel vs. the World

I’ve noticed a bit of a trend lately. Folk who come to live in Israel, and slowly but surely their religiosity starts to dip. The Religiosity Counterintuitive On the surface, this is quite counterintuitive. There are so many reasons why one would think this could never happen. First and foremost, we’re in the Holy Land. […]

Six More Things I Love About Israel

Way back when a friend challenged me to write an article about things I love about Israel. I thought it was a fair challenge on a number of levels. Obviously there are things about the country that bug me to no end. It’s only fair that I tell the other side as well. There also […]

Aliyah: Getting the Answers We Need, Part II: The Facebook Question

In my last post I wrote about organizations that boast of helping those who are trying to succeed in moving to Israel (aliyah), but are failing short. I don’t believe, ultimately, that the secret to success here lies in an organizations. However, there is a group that is absolutely essential: All of us. We are […]

Aliyah: Getting the Help We Need, Part I

This post might upset some. But perhaps some people need to be upset. Because I feel everything I’m about to say is long overdue. And as much as there are plenty of individuals who will have fingers pointed at them, there is a communal responsibility that makes what I’m about to say relevant to countless […]

The Moshav, Help to Rise Once Again

Living in Israel isn’t always easy. You never know what to expect. And everything feels so close to home, so damn often. And just when you think you’ve cried all of your tears, and felt every emotion there is, another surprise awaits. This past week, a pain went through my system I had not yet […]

Jerusalem Community Theater, Beauty Hidden in Plain Sight

Wait, what? There’s community theater in English in Jerusalem? I found myself hanging out just on the very edge of a fascinating and beautiful community. One I didn’t even know existed. How did I find out? Well… I married an actress. But if it weren’t for that, I may have never noticed it was there. […]

In a Stranger’s Grave

Last year, Jerusalem’s community theater group Theater and Theology put on a remarkable play. The show tackled the issue of how a religion deals with an ever changing world. Off the Derech Dolorosa was not only a pleasure to watch… I’d definitely give it two thumbs as a fantastic play to propose after. And this […]

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