Last week I was interviewed in my home by Valérie Abécasis for French Channel 24‘s Culture program. We discussed my work (the French version of The Sisters Weiss was just published) and my pursuit of fair treatment of women by the Israeli rabbinical establishment.
You can watch the program here. The interview (in French) begins at the 4:00 minute mark.
I found myself at the Kotel, or Western Wall, yesterday. Even though I live within walking distance of this profoundly moving site, the holiest in all Judaism, I don’t actually go very often. But a Bar Mitzvah invitation from American friends saw us get up early and walk through the Old City.
We took a shortcut through the Arab souk, deserted and a bit eerie so early in the morning. I was glad when we reached the turnoff to the security area leading to the Kotel. To my surprise, extra guards were stationed before the …
…continue reading Shrieking at the Kotel
People are sending me information about Richard Spencer’s National Policy Institute conference in Washington D.C. They are neo-Nazis. They raise their hands in a Nazi salute and say Sieg Heil. They say they love Trump.
You know what? Maybe in their warped minds they think he’ll be good for them. Yeah, that’s what the Left, some of whom really do support Muslim-Nazi terrorists, would love you to think. They are idiots- the Sieg Heilers- and dead wrong.
So, for the record, this is the current narrative that the mainstream media is using to attack …
…continue reading Sieg Heil, the Alt Right and medium.com
The most surprising and brutal of elections is finally over. For those of us who favored Donald Trump, there is a sense of true relief, and a sincere hope that he will follow through on his promises to make American great again by securing her borders, eliminating unvetted immigration, and renegotiating trade deals that will see jobs and manufacturing plants flood back to American soil, bringing a new prosperity and hope for the forgotten poor, struggling middle class, and hopeless unemployed.
For those who did not experience the pleasure of having your candidate win, or participate …
…continue reading A Common Ground for Rejoicing
“If there is any good in them, it appears then [at a time of prosperity and success] or never … It is then, and basking in the sunshine of unmerited fortune, that low, sordid, ungenerous, and reptile souls swell with their hoarded poisons; it is then that they display their odious splendor, and shine out in the full lustre of their native villainy and baseness. It is in that season that no man of sense or honour can be mistaken for one of them.”
So wrote Edmund Burke in his “Letter to a Member of …
…continue reading The Clintons’ Criminal Collusion
The same kind of American Jews who dropped off my list in droves when I begged them not to vote for Barack Hussein Obama, are now out in full force. They don’t believe that, as an American who lives in Israel (and pays taxes both in the US and Israel), I have a right to vote. And those who believe I do, think that my opinions are “a disgrace.”
They are warning me no one will buy my books. Or invite me to speak. Yes, the thought police and the American Jewish liberal J-Street …
…continue reading A Reply to “Herman the German”
I can certainly see why women, including Jewish women, would prefer a seemingly well-spoken, mature senior stateswoman, to a brash, loud-mouthed political neophyte who has made so many off-handedly offensive locker-room comments about women.
This would be your instinct.
How lovely, how easy, it would be then, to vote in a woman running against a man like that.
And how disastrously wrong.
If you love Israel, if you love America, don’t vote for Hillary Clinton
I’ll give you the facts, but honestly, past experience does not leave me hopeful. Eight years ago, I tried to deter …
…continue reading Don’t Trust Your Instinct
From my home in Jerusalem, I took a walk today. I passed the flowering gardens of Yemin Moshe, bright with orange and yellow blooms all along the block. I saw an Arab father helping his little boy onto the swings in Liberty Bell Gardens, and a little further down, I saw a class of forty haredi boys gathered together on the grass to have a picnic. As I passed the Great Jerusalem Synagogue, where both my son and my daughter got married, I saw a growing number of soldiers gathering by the entrance for some instruction, …
…continue reading From My Home in Jerusalem
I’m still getting lots of feedback on my last post regarding the US elections. Some people don’t think I have a right to express my opinion about the American elections because I live in Israel.
I find that kind of hilarious, considering how American Jews who aren’t citizens of Israel and who don’t pay Israel taxes, or send their sons and daughters and husbands and fathers to the Israeli army, or have to deal with Palestinian scum terrorists, never hesitate to tell us what to do.
I, on the other hand, do …
…continue reading The Country Won’t Survive Four More Years of Obama in the Guise of Hillary
Yes, I’m voting for Donald Trump. And I’m proud of it.
If anyone had told me two years ago that I’d be making that statement, I would have done a Jon Stewart eye roll and stare. What? The guy from reality TV? The “You’re fired” guy with the funny hair and New York accent? That guy?!
But things have happened in the last few years that have made me —and many pro-Israel Americans in both countries—decide that this is not only our best but our only choice.
First of all, there is …
…continue reading I’m Just Saying No to Hillary Clinton
I came upon a website called “Traditio” hosted by Medium.com – http://medium.com, founded by Evan Williams the billionaire. This site is so vile that it literally turned by stomach.
Here’s a very mild quote from this sewer of a site: “the international Jewish community which plagued Germany before Hitler and is today corrupting everything that is of positive nature.”
I complained about this hate speech to medium.com – http://medium.com and this is the answer I got:
Gerald (Medium Support)
Jul 3, 6:19 PM PDT
Sorry for the delay.
We have reviewed the account, and …
…continue reading Free Hate Speech on the Internet
It seems as if the whole world is holding its breath, waiting for some kind of resolution. Millions have uprooted themselves from their homes, willingly or unwillingly, and now are pushing to enter the homes of others all over the world. Some are seeking a better life, and some come with a hidden agenda of contempt for the homes they enter, a desire to destroy and uproot the calm, satisfied lives of people who don’t meet their moral or religious standards.
They are waiting, waiting on the sidelines, waiting to make their push, to break open …
…continue reading Will the Dikes Hold?
By the time we arrived, cars were parked all along the highway, long before the turnoff to the parade grounds where the swearing-in ceremony for new recruits was to be held.
I took out the chocolate cake I’d baked that morning, carefully balancing it in my arms; my husband hauled the plastic bag holding the drinks and paper cups. I felt virtuous. Here I was, a practiced Israeli, who knew that these events required food. But as I looked around at the people traipsing with us up the hill, I realized that once again I’d never …
…continue reading The Swearing-In Ceremony for New Recruits
It happened in March, on our silliest, most joyous holiday, Purim. Two Palestinian terrorists walked into the Jewish enclave in Hebron, took out knives and stabbed a soldier. One terrorist was killed; the second lay on the ground twitching until an Israeli soldier, initially referred to as Sergeant A and later identified as Elor Azaria, calmly shot him in the head. The controversial NGO B’Tselem, well known for its fostering of anti-Israel propaganda, filmed the incident, then uploaded it to the Internet.
It made ugly viewing.
Unsurprisingly, Israel’s critics had a field day. Based on the …
…continue reading The Shot Heard Round the World
We never met, but yesterday, you saved my life, and the lives of so many others who live in Jerusalem. You save our lives, and gave your own young life with all its promise and all the joys of life still ahead of you, all 101 years of potential. You sacrificed that.
You were only 19. In America, you’d be in your sophomore year in some happy, academic playground.
Instead, you were in Jerusalem, in the IDF, on patrol in the Border Guard unit that stands between terrorists and the residents of the holy city of …
…continue reading My Dear Hadar
Now, this is interesting. I’m going to pick ten movies I’m betting you haven’t seen yet, because there is a long list of great movies available from Netflix that I’m sure you have seen already such as: About a Boy, Black Hawk Down, There’s Something About Kevin, In the Bedroom, The Station Agent, Like Water for Chocolate, Room with a View, Rain Man, The Shining, Sophie’s Choice, Leap Year, Silver Linings Playbook, Notting Hill etc. If you haven’t seen the aforementioned, by all means, start with them, but I’m guessing you have.
Now let me convince …
…continue reading Ten Best Netflix Movies – February 2016