Marcy Oster covers the Middle East for the Cleveland Jewish News from Karnei Shomron in the West Bank.
My younger son, Yonatan, turned 18 this week. He is very excited because with each of the last two elections, he mourned the fact that he would not be able to participate, and that he would have to wait up to four years to finally be able to exercise his right to vote in this country. Little…
Hours after the Dec. 28 attack at a Monsey, N.Y., rabbi’s home that left five injured, I noticed a common thread on social media from Jews living here in Israel.
When two Israeli friends who have not seen each other in a long time run into each other twice in a short period, they part with the promise “pa’am shlishit glida,” or “third time ice cream,” meaning that next time we see each other, one will buy the second an ice cream.
Last week, Cleveland Jewish News columnist Cliff Savren laid out what could be next in terms of Israel possibly heading for an unprecedented third national election in one year and the failings of the current prime minister. He didn’t hold back on his contempt for Prime Minister Benjamin Net…
Israel’s Knesset has 14 Arab members. Twelve of those members come from the Joint List, made up primarily of Arab parties. The Joint List also has one Jewish lawmaker.
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.