Posts Tagged ‘Stern’


We Have Failed Joseph; Rachel Still Weeps

editor 9 February 2018

By Paula R. Stern.. Last night, my youngest son went to Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus/Shechem with his yeshiva. It is a place I dream of going, a place that calls to me; Joseph calls to me. I’ve been to Rachel’s tomb in Bethlehem many times, and each time I am there, I almost feel that I owe her an explanation for why I have never been to her son’s grave. I feel like I am supposed to report to her, to tell her he is well. Yes, I know he is dead (I’m not insane). And I know he died thousands of years ago…and still we remember him. Still we remember her. (more…)


So Just Shut Up!

editor 16 December 2017

By Paula Stern.. Ever feel like going outside and screaming at the top of your lungs, “Just SHUT UP!” I can’t do that because, with several small grandchildren, I would have them repeating it to everyone they know and so, in silence I suffer as I read the words of others, as I hear them express one of several absurd and inaccurate comments. Most prevalent, and most annoying is the one where people suggest that the US should not move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem because of the threat of violence. Talk about giving in to terrorism! OMG. [Photo top right: Still from Danny Ayalon’s Youtube video “The Truth About Jerusalem”]. (more…)


Worrying News

editor 22 November 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. I’ve been down this road so many times in the last 20 years, and most especially in the last ten. The worst part is you never really know if the road you are on has suddenly, and almost without warning, merged with this other path known by most of the world simply as War. I hate that road with a passion; I fear it. I dread it. Unless the road suddenly takes a turn, we are headed again for war. (more…)


Planting Seeds

editor 6 November 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. The thing about gardens is that you can never really know what will grow and what will not until you begin to see the results of the seeds you planted, watered, and patiently waited for. The thing about life is that you never really know what will grow and what will not until you begin to see the results of the seeds you planted, nurtured, encouraged and perhaps even scolded along the way. With God’s help, we are lucky enough to see the seeds we know about grow into amazing young adults and watch as they become parents themselves. (more…)


Do you recognize this man?

editor 2 November 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. My oldest daughter called me and told me that there was a man speaking to a bunch of tourists and from what she could hear, what he was saying was anything but complimentary. She asked if I wanted to come and I told her to ask them. I’d be happy…  Amazingly enough, they agreed. There were two parts of this discussion – each too long for one post and so I have decided to divide this into two parts – them and “us”. (more…)


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…)


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