Marcy Oster covers the Middle East for the Cleveland Jewish News from Karnei Shomron in the West Bank.
I grew up at Warrensville Center Synagogue in Cleveland Heights when that was its only name in English and when it was on Warrensville Center Road. While it was an Orthodox synagogue, most of the members were not religiously observant. But Rabbi Jacob Muskin wanted to make sure the children …
I have had enough with the politics of forming a government here and of impeaching a president in the United States. Enough of global warming and insulting a teenage girl trying to rally the world to her cause. Enough of boycott, divestment and sanctions and terror threats.
Next week, I will have to go to my polling station, stand behind a curtain, chose a paper ballot from among the 30 that will be arranged there, place that small square piece of paper in an envelope and put it in the blue ballot box decorated with the shield of the state of Israel.
Nahal Kana, a large stream that is one of the main tributaries of the Yarkon River, winds around and through parts of my community in the West Bank, ultimately spilling into the river near the Baptist Village in Petah Tikvah.
My week starts when Shabbat ends. Last week, it began with the El Paso, Texas, shooting that left 22 people dead. This week began with the news that the Palestinian killers of yeshiva student Dvir Sorek had been apprehended.
My husband and I spent a recent Shabbat with our 20-year-old son at his yeshiva. It is the end of his second post-high school year there and the first time all of the parents in his cohort were invited to spend Shabbat together and with our sons.
Last month, a Palestinian man who worked as a janitor in an elementary school in a haredi Orthodox settlement in the West Bank was arrested and indicted for the rape of a 7-year-old girl.
There is plenty of political excitement going on here in Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu still could not muster a majority government as of early this week, and Madonna used a Palestinian flag to promote a political message on stage at Eurovision.