As you may or may not know, I am a blogger for The Jerusalem Post, which is the major daily English-language newspaper in Israel. My blog, The Chosen Frozen, appears on their website, JPost.com. I blog about Judaism, life as a convert, politics, diaspora issues and events, and much more. Check it out at http://www.jpost.com/Blogger/Ryan-Fagan
Through April 30th 2015, the World Zionist Organization is holding open voting for all jews to help shape its agenda, including issues affecting both Diaspora Jews and the state of affairs in Israel. The World Zionist Congress is the highest legislative body of the World Zionist Organization, which provides a forum for all the world’s Jews to come together and deliberate about critical issues.
Every Jew has the opportunity to vote for the platform that most aligns with their personal views, and I voted for ARZA.
A vote for ARZA is a vote for:
– Women’s Rights & Gender Equality
Funny that when I was in Israel last year, Google’s ‘Auto Awesome’ feature would do weird things like put snow flakes onto pictures of the Tel Aviv beach, but now a year later is actually pulling the pics I took and making them ACTUALLY AWESOME. Check out this black and white treatment it gave a pic I took of the Western Wall last February.
Back in February, I had the pleasure of visiting Israel for the first time. I saw firsthand the beauty of the scenery and the people. I saw Jews, Muslims, and Christians living together… Eating in the same restaurants, shopping in the same stores, and being friends with each other. I saw and experienced some of the finest hospitality I have ever witnessed. Met some of the nicest people I have ever met. Ate some of the most delicious food I have ever eaten. Viewed some of the most beautiful scenery my eyes have ever seen. I saw a modern country with modern people coexisting together. I never felt unsafe. Never heard an air raid siren.
It pains me to see and hear about the current situation going on there this week. I don’t care what religion you are or where you live… When you visit Israel you develop a connection to it. Maybe people who only see what the 24 hour news channels show dont understand because they have never been there… They think its always the way it is this week… But once you have been there, especially in a time of relative calm like when I was there in February… You want to keep going back. You see that it isn’t always rockets and kidnappings and bombs. I want things to get better there because I want to return. Its an amazing place with amazing things and amazing people that are capable of living together peacefully while freely practicing the religions they practice, be it Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Baha’i, etc…
I’m praying for peace to return. I love Israel.
If you haven’t been there. Go there.
If you have been there. Go again.
Last week Monday was greater than today in terms of Mondays…
So I think it is pretty obvious why Last Monday > This Monday.
Keeping the ball rolling with my showcase of all my favourite news websites is another Israeli site, Haaretz, which is the website of the largest English language paper in Israel.
Haaretz (Hebrew: הארץ) (lit. “The Land [of Israel]”, originally Ḥadashot Ha’aretz – Hebrew: חדשות הארץ, IPA: [χadaˈʃot haˈʔaʁets] – “News of the Land”) is Israel’s oldest daily newspaper. It was founded in 1918 and is now published in both Hebrew and English in Berliner format. It’s editorial leaning is center-left.
Haaretz operates both Hebrew and English language websites. The two sites offer up-to-the-minute breaking news, live Q&A sessions with newsmakers from Israel, Palestinian territories and around the world, and blogs covering a range of political standpoints and opinions. The English online edition receives an average of two million visitors per month.