Category: Israel, Peace & Reconciliation

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Who Let the Anti-Semitism of the 20th Century Out of the Bag in 2019?

It’s 2019, it’s sad but true, the ugly demon of anti-Semitism still exists and seems to be getting worse—or is it that the perpetrators feel it’s fine in today’s world to talk publically about their anti-Semitic beliefs? In writing this blog there were a staggering number of incidents with varying degrees of seriousness to choose…

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Teetering on the Edge of War— Gaza Shooting Rockets, Israel Defending Itself & the March of Return Anniversary Around the Corner. . .

Missiles fired from Gaza, Israel answering with air power destroying Hamas targets and build-up of Israeli troops near the Gaza border in response to the new violence and in preparation for the March of Return—will this grow into another ugly confrontation? I hope that isn’t the case but it’s not looking good. As if missiles…

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Israelis Notice the Palestinian Missiles, Shootings, Stabbings & Car Rammings—Wouldn’t You?

I recently attended a lecture on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This was given by Yehuda Kurtzer of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. The subject was specifically entitled: “Together and Apart: The Future of the Israel-Diaspora Divide.” It was about how diversified we are as a people which goes beyond just the various denominations of the…

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Israel—The Issue Isn’t Religion, It’s a Fight for Land

I was so excited and honored on Shabbat recently when I attended another event with an organization called Roots-Shorashim-Judur. It is a non-profit that fosters “a grassroots movement of understanding, nonviolence and transformation among Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank. Why do I say honored? In my opinion the two gentlemen who spoke are…

Four Ways to Make Book Marketing Fun

Recently I attended a talk by Kathryn Kemp Guylay, owner of MakePublishingFun.com. It was fun and engaging, which I think are the trademarks of how she exists in this world. I learned a variety of ways to market books—just what the doctor ordered. I don’t know about you but marketing seems to be the scourge…

Jewish National Fund Annual Conference

The Jewish National Fund: A Protective Womb for Israel & Jews, Defying the Horror of Pittsburgh’s Synagogue Killings

I recently returned from attending my first Jewish National Fund Annual (JNF) Conference. On the one hand, it was a lovefest for Israel and Jews. Am Yisrael Chai (the Jewish Nation lives). On the other, what happened during the conference exposed the underbelly of hatemongers in the United States. I had newly become part of…

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Be the Hero of Your Own Story

I recently attended Publishers and Writers of Orange County, and boy do I love being around other authors and writers! The cornucopia of the talent combined with the depth of knowledge of the speaker Michael Ashley really caught my attention. Ashley believes “you should be the hero of your own story. Storytelling mastery will shortcut…

Gaza Border Crisis, Pictured: Sarit Khanoukaev, Penny S. Tee, Michal Uziyahu

Gaza Border Crisis: Palestinians Use Children’s Toys for Latest Terror Weapon

I recently attended a Jewish National Fund talk. Why? Because everything they say and do interests me. As you know, my life changed when we had traveled to Israel on a family vacation in July 2014 and found ourselves in the middle of war. It’s the subject of my book, “Blasted from Complacency: A Journey from…

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