War and peace in Jerusalem

“So glad you’re not in work today. Just seen stabbings at Jaffa Gate.” So read a text message from my best friend in Cardiff, Wales. My heart sank, and I quickly went to a news website, which confirmed the attacks. (The two attackers were killed, and two victims have died). Then a text message from an Israeli friend asking if I was O.K. made sense. I thought she’d messaged only because I hadn’t answered her […]

Ripples of violence disrupt life in Jerusalem

I’ve been pondering for days what to write about last week’s events in  Jerusalem. Reporting a lot of detail is a waste of time. There are ample news sources doing a good job (and watchful groups calling out those doing a TERRIBLE job. CNN & MSNBC, I’m looking at you). Instead, I want to share some of the ripples I’ve seen and felt every time a stone is thrown in the water. Prayer is suddenly […]

Daily attacks leave Israelis looking over their shoulders

Tension continues to rise in Jerusalem and other parts of Israel as knife attacks continue. The week started with a botched car bombing that killed the female bomber and injured a vigilant police officer. I didn’t even remember that happened last Sunday because so much has happened since. What follows is a partial list published by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It seems they haven’t updated their list since Wednesday. October 11 – Maaleh […]

Sandstorm ushering in High Holy Days

Tuesday morning Jerusalem — the whole of the Middle East — awoke to skies choked with sand. The sun was darkened and visibility was maybe a quarter of mile. After Wednesday when the air was hardly improved, we learned this storm may last through the weekend. We are in the last week of the Hebrew month of Elul. Tishrei and new Jewish New Year begin Sunday night with the Feast of Trumpets, which is the […]