Problems Before Solutions ?>

Problems Before Solutions

I recently volunteered at a workshop dedicated to helping people get back on track and find careers. The basic principle was “If you don’t know where you are trying to go, you won’t get there. If you can’t articulate what you want to accomplish, it will never get done.” In other words, only a clear vision and motivation can propel you forwards. I also recently attended a Breaking the Silence talk organized by Binny. Among other salient points[1], one that…

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A Lone Soldier’s Lament ?>

A Lone Soldier’s Lament

What happens when the mask patched on you won’t come off? I’ve been a lone soldier for almost 3 years. You know, one of those rock-stars who came to Israel and happily donned green fatigues. The lone soldier treatment started the day I darkened the doorway of the induction center and hasn’t yet stopped. For a while now I’ve become accustomed to people swiping their credit card to pay for my falafel at the central bus station. I’ve been showered…

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A simple declaration. ?>

A simple declaration.

I am an Israeli citizen. I am an Israeli Patriot. I am a Zionist. I am religious. I am a feminist. I believe in equality, be it gender equality, racial equality, LGBTQ equality, and others. I love this country. Dearly. I love its people. I love its music. I love its mountains and I love its deserts. I love its buses and I love its beaches. I love its bars and I love its cafes. I love Tel Aviv and I love Jerusalem. I love…

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Our Day in the Shomron ?>

Our Day in the Shomron

A strange coincidence of vacations gave Binny, Benzi, our friend Shevi, and me a day off for an adventure. We took a car to the Shomron/parts of Area C in the northern West Bank. Here’s what happened (in no particular order): We took our kippahs off when we went through mainly Palestinian areas out of concern for our safety. It felt a bit wrong: Are we generalizing too much about Palestinians? Am I giving up my religious identity for fear?…

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My Aliyahversary and Hamilton ?>

My Aliyahversary and Hamilton

Happy Aliyahversary, Binny! Thanks. It’s been 4 years since I’ve officially made aliyah, 6 years since I’ve been bothering my parents to let me become a citizen, 8 years since I moved here for the first time, and 22 years since I’ve been dreaming of Israel. Most things I dreamed of doing/accomplishing from the age of 16 have so far come true to some extent: Study in an Israeli University, learn in an Israeli Yeshiva, do high school here in Israel, work…

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Having a State Matters ?>

Having a State Matters

Binny’s explanation of the word “Occupation” is an important step in discussing this conflict. In light of it, I want to point out one inherent wrong that goes hand-in-hand with the Occupation: Palestinians in the West Bank don’t have a state. I think we Israelis know this simple truth but don’t always acknowledge how unfair it is. I feel a little surge of pride every time I get to use my Israeli passport. I know that laws were designed with…

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Why I Call it An Occupation ?>

Why I Call it An Occupation

I sometimes mention in conversation “the occupation” and many people seem offended by this term, so I’d like to talk about it. Not to offend people but rather to clarify my meaning, define my terms, and through my explanation, answer some recurring objections I hear when I talk about it. I’m going to try to avoid talking legalities and theory as much as possible and stick more to real daily life. First I’d like to talk some history and this map…

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It’s Their Fault ?>

It’s Their Fault

I was standing in line to go up to The Temple Mount. Why not, right? I’d like to see what the fuss is all about. People have waged wars, spilled blood, and fought for decades for this hill. Do I wear my kippa? Not wear my kippa? I read the news weekly in Palestinian media of religious Jews “storming” The Temple Mount. Did I want to add to that? But screw that. The Temple Mount has a very clear Jewish connection…

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Military Occupations and their Effects ?>

Military Occupations and their Effects

The Nature of Military Occupation Military occupations are never tolerated by the occupied. The British Armed Forces were deployed in Northern Ireland in 1969 at the request of the Unionist Government of Northern Ireland. These soldiers were welcomed by the Catholic population of Ireland in response to Protestant riots and terrorism against Catholic marches for civil rights at the time. However, by 1971 the same Catholics, organized as the IRA, were fighting the British in a brutal campaign of terrorism….

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Love is not a Victory March ?>

Love is not a Victory March

In Memory of Shira Banki I wanted to sit alone. I wanted to sit alone and cry. But I was seated at the front of the bus and a little girl had fallen asleep on my shoulder and I tried to cry gently so as not to wake her up. And I lost myself in the cold, in the broken, in the Hallelujah. For as children we were bright lights shining, then we were dimmed, until we truly believed that…

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