Islamic Jihad Helped Me Find My Bravery

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I’m sitting over my computers, bleary-eyed, weary and pale clicking through eBay. My favorite designer Eileen Fisher again. Yes, I’m powerless over Eileen but this time I have someone besides myself to blame – Islamic Jihad. Two days ago they escalated their rocket attacks over Israel. The target area is all of Israel. Last I […]

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Want To Protest SJP’s Conference At The U? Don’t Show Up

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Here’s something I’d like people to know about me: I’m a free speech absolutist. It doesn’t seem like that is an overly revelatory statement for someone who has been a professional journalist for as long as I have, but there you have it.  I feel like it’s as good a time as any to out […]

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‘The Jews Are Tired’ Episode 1

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Episode 1 is here! A coherent explainer of Israel’s election and what happens next. Plus, are we heading to a reckoning with sexual abuse in the Jewish community? And not everything has to be bageled! (Available on Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, and later today, Apple Podcast).  

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Drink Up! Israeli Craft Beer Industry Is Growing

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A simple Google search for “Israeli Craft Beer” might surprise you with its results. In this area, Israel is, yet again, a “Start-Up Nation.” Unlike vineyards and wineries that are as ancient as biblical times, beer breweries are relative newcomers. Craft breweries now dot the Israeli map, boasting names that reflect their locations and brewing […]

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Christianity In Israel

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I never ascribed any real faith to Christianity until I took these two photos, strolling through a tour of the Old City of Jerusalem last October.             The Church of the Holy Sepulcher loomed around us – the tourists, believers, and I – and Jerusalem gave Christianity the kind of […]

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Honeymoon Israel: ‘We Believe In This Trip’

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On the fence about applying for Honeymoon Israel? Andrew and Dudley Deshommes-Kohl say: DO IT. These days, their calendars are full: Shabbat taco night. Reminiscing over Shakshouka for brunch. Shabbat-hopping at synagogues across the Twin Cities. The couple is part of an active, local, close-knit Jewish community; the type many spend decades cultivating. But Andrew […]

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