Posts Tagged ‘Stern’


The Brave and the Heartless

editor 2 June 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. Two titles came to mind when I thought of this post – the first is the one above – The Brave and the Heartless. The second is Beauty and the Idiot. Maybe I should have gone with that one.

  • Ahava means love.
  • Emunah means faith.



The Day Jerusalem was Reunited

editor 26 May 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. Rabbi Emanuel Feldman’s book, The 28th of Iyar accomplishes something amazing. For most people, experiencing war is something simply not on their radar. If in their lifetime there is a war, it is on distant shores. Though only a small child at the time, I have vague memories of the Vietnam War – I remember the news broadcasts with casualty figures in the top corner on the side. That’s pretty much all they were – numbers. In America, it was life as normal. (more…)


Bright Days and Dark Days

editor 21 April 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. For many in Israel, it has been a week of vacation, celebrating a holiday that starts off with a lot of work and then melts down to good food, good rest, good times with family. But interwoven in the good of the last week, there have been underlying elements of darkness that make me nervous. I’ve been watching the situation in North Korea and Syria. It takes so little to start a war, and so much to stop one and the people who suffer most are rarely those who press the Start button. (more…)


Passover Perspectives from Dachau

editor 13 April 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. Ever read a story and feel like the world has changed? That somehow all that you thought was hard in your life fades away when you imagine experiencing what those in the story lived through? I’m cleaning my house for Passover. My counters are full, my couch is full. I have empty shelves where Passover dishes will go, five empty shelves where the stuff on the couch has to be stored. I didn’t get to some drawers yet. Freezer done, fridge half. OMG, I still have to do the stove and in between I have to figure out about Shabbat. David will be home…I need to make him good food. That means I need the oven…but I need to clean it before the weekend so that I can start cooking. (more…)


Waiting on the Tenth

editor 24 March 2017

By Paula R. Stern..Once, a few years ago, I was standing in Rome Airport when I noticed a few men gathering together. They were Jews looking for the 10th man to make a minyan – a quorum required for certain prayers. Once, almost a decade ago, I was driving with a few friends and as the afternoon slipped into evening, I asked one of the men if he wanted me to stop the car so he could pray the afternoon services. “Not yet,” he told me. It was getting later and later and I asked a few more times. Each time, he smiled and said, “not yet.” (more…)


I Hate Roller Coasters

editor 13 February 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. You know that part of the road where you go up and then suddenly go down and your stomach takes a second to catch up? You know that feeling when you get to the edge of the fall of a roller coaster and then begin falling? You don’t know how far you will fall; you just know that you weren’t ready. All the time in the world to think, to prepare, and there you are, at that point so much earlier than you expected. Israel has just been attacked from three fronts in the last few days. A rocket landed in the Golan Heights, fired from Syrian territory earlier in the evening last night. (more…)


Beyond A Post Gone Viral

editor 4 February 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. What do you do when something you write touches a nerve and goes around the world tens of thousands of times? Well, I guess you smile, wait out the attention, and write something else. That’s what I do. I wrote about myself as a Jew, as a woman, and it struck a nerve. Mostly, I was amazed by the positive comments and more, how easily the negative ones were shallow and angry. (more…)


What would happen if…

editor 14 January 2017

By Paula R. Stern..Yesterday (January 8, 2016), four soldiers were murdered by an Arab who decided that ramming his truck would in some way serve his god. A dozen more were wounded, most lightly. This morning, I got a note from a father asking what would happen if… (more…)


How do you define “Harassment” and “Bullying”?

editor 7 January 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. I think bullies are horrible people. I think harassing others is wrong. The concept of knowing these things are wrong is easy. But sometimes, as bad as bullying and harassing are, the reality of what is being done, the true horror of what is happening falls outside these words we use too easily. Maybe we need a new word. (more…)


Eternal Faith and the People of Israel

editor 6 January 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. One of the jobs of a nation’s leader is to talk tough and talk loud. He (or she) has to say things that sound stern and important and their words are supposed to make their enemies think twice about engaging in battle while convincing their allies that they’ve made the right choice in aligning their national interests. The truth is that Benjamin Netanyahu knows how to speak amazingly well. Sometimes, he speaks to his own people; sometimes he speaks to our friends. Sometimes, he speaks to our enemies and sometimes, perhaps at the greatest of times, he speaks not so much to us, but for ALL of us. And not just the Jews who are alive today, not just those who live in Israel. (more…)


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