Posts Tagged ‘Stern’


What I Don’t Want to Write About

editor 9 October 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. This is a map of a small Jewish village called “Har Adar”. To the right, you will see the Arab village of Bayt Surik. This morning, very early, dozens of Arabs woke up in that village, got dressed, had their breakfast and prepared to go to work. One man said goodbye to his wife (or perhaps his wives) and left his four children. He was 37 years old…he’ll never be 38. He got dressed. [Photo top right: Har Adar viewed from the west. Wikipedia](more…)


What Yom Kippur Isn’t

editor 4 October 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. I was having a conversation about Yom Kippur with a friend and what she said triggered another idea completely. Yom Kippur is the most solemn day on the Jewish calendar. It is when we go before God, year after year, and admit that we messed up…really badly…and then we beg. We BEG for another chance, another year to try harder. (more…)


Why Israel Has Never Been Defeated in War

editor 25 July 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. Wow, sometimes I come to write a post and start with the title, and look what comes out…
Yes, I could delete it but I won’t because even though it wasn’t what I expected to write…don’t ask me to explain that one…it fits. This is a video that a friend just shared with me (thank you, George)… (more…)


Laughing at UNESCO

editor 17 July 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. UNESCO is fast becoming the cheapest and most readily available subject for jokes. Anger fast becomes hysterics as you realize the absurdity of their latest claims. Bibi Netanyahu calls them “delusional.” That’s pretty much a compliment. One thing I love about the Jewish people is that when the going gets tough, rather than break, we either are driven to tears or to laughter. Happily, this time, we choose laughter. A few samples: (more…)


Truth in the Joke of CNN and BBC

editor 10 July 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. Old joke that’s gone around and around and each time it comes around, I think that as much as it’s a joke, it really isn’t. This is very much how Israelis are forced to live; forever proving that we are not the ones who started this fight – not in 1948 and not this week where more than a dozen mortars have fallen on Israeli territory (and CNN responded with headlines saying that our forces had attacked Syrian targets). (more…)


On July 4th – A Memory that Lives Forever

editor 6 July 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. On July 4th, 1976, my parents took us to watch the tall ships gracefully sailing down the Hudson River. We were on the New Jersey side…and as each ship came into view, there were cheers from both sides of the river. My eyes watched the ships, but my mind and heart were thousands of miles away. In Entebbe, Jewish hostages were being held. (more…)


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…)


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