Street Violence in Beit Shemesh

Last week a Beit Shemesh woman named Natalie Mashiach drove into Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet, an area occupied by extremist haredim. Dressed in a sweater and pants, Mashiach got out of her car to hang signs as part of her job for the national lottery. A group of men poured bleach on her and attacked her … [Read more...]

Did Shalit’s Family Go Too Far?

Happy Israel Independence Day! Check out this slide show over at Elder of Ziyon. We watched the Yom Haatzmaut celebration on line. Each year, twelve people are chosen to light torches that represent the twelve tribes. The theme this year was mutual aid. Three unusual things happened. The … [Read more...]

Fire Rages in Carmel, PM Says “We Have Never Experienced a Disaster Like This”

I'm listening to the radio. A huge fire is raging in the Carmel forest, near Haifa. Nearly everyone from Kibbutz Beit Oren was evacuated, and only a few of the buildings are left. The fire is spreading in all directions. The kibbutzim of Ein Hud, Ein Oz and Nir Etzion have received orders to … [Read more...]

Jerusalem’s New Mother-Friendly US Consulate

Please welcome Chana Jenny Weisberg for today's guest post. Mazal tov on your new baby, Chana! Until recently, I found registering new babies at Jerusalem's US Consulate almost as harrowing as the births themselves. So when I went to register the birth of my baby at the brand new US consulate … [Read more...]

Memories of RivkA bat Yishaya z”l

They say that some people are naturally cheerful, and this grants them emotional protection from their troubles throughout their lives. Whether she was born with it, or it was the result of growing up in a loving and responsive family, RivkA Matitya z"l had this quality. And her cheerfulness was … [Read more...]

Beware Counterfeit Ten-Shekel Coins

These pictures of real and counterfeit Israeli 10-Shekel coins were taken by Meir Sapir in 2003. Many counterfeit coins are still in circulation. Can you tell which ones are fake? Image source: WBCC Answer: The coins on the left are counterfeit. They weigh less (@morgetz said on Twitter … [Read more...]

Gas Mask Distribution Dilemma: What to Tell the Kids?

Image by rahuldlucca via Flickr According to Ynet, Israel is distributing gas masks to protect the population against atomic, chemical and biological weapons. It seems like just last year, they were collecting our old ones. Wait, it was. Anyway, 60% of the population is expected to collect the … [Read more...]

Preparing for the Israeli Earthquake

Image by Getty Images via Daylife In the wake of the Haiti earthquake the Israeli press has been writing about the possibility of a major earthquake along Israel's faultlines. But experts don't consider it a possibility. It's a certainty, the only question is when. During a discussion at the … [Read more...]

The Government Helps the Little Guy (Me)

Image by the tartanpodcast via Flickr I've been given the run-around for several months by the internet service provider (ISP) Netvision. In Israel, you pay two fees for ADSL: one fee to the national phone company Bezeq or cable network service for the ADSL infrastructure, and a second fee to … [Read more...]

Hijacking Victim Recalls: I Wanted to Go to Entebbe

Last night I heard a talk by a woman named Tricia Martel. Martel was living in Petach Tikva when her mother died suddenly in Manchester on a Thursday afternoon in 1976.  She couldn't get a seat to London during the vacation season. Finally a travel agent suggested she fly to Paris on Air France, … [Read more...]