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Sep 1, 2019, 1:10 AM
Join me in thanking Nauru
Let's travel, as Israelis do, and go show one of the smallest, least-visited countries in the world our appreciation for their recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital
Jan 30, 2019, 10:57 AM
Gantz and Lapid: Let’s Make a Deal!
General Gantz: Thank you for speaking last night and allowing us, the Israeli public, to finally hear where you stand on various issues. You have begun to confirm that you are indeed a centrist, as has been speculated through...
Nov 12, 2018, 12:07 AM
Why I hope you’ll vote for Ofer Berkovitch
He really can win, but he needs every single person who believes he's the better path for Jerusalem to go to the polls on Tuesday
Sep 16, 2018, 7:37 PM
Coercion, hillul Hashem and city hall
I want my next mayor to say unequivocally that he or she will stop the coercive efforts of religious extremists before they go further
Dec 6, 2017, 3:28 PM
Moving the US embassy is NOT a political act
Politics have kept the embassies out of Jerusalem; the US move finally rights the historical wrong
Jul 23, 2017, 11:09 AM
Bully logic and the Palestinians
My stomach churns as I write this, thinking of the horrific act of terror that was committed here in Israel this past Friday night. But while it churns for the disgusting details of that cowardly act, more so it...
Nov 8, 2016, 6:16 PM
What the U.S. Can Learn From Israeli Politics
I specifically waited until today to post this, because I did not want it to be seen as commenting on either of the two U.S. Presidential Candidates. While this is a political post, I presume that most of you...
Oct 13, 2015, 12:37 PM
The Human Face of Moral Equivalence
When we get caught up in arguments about things like conflict, solutions and media coverage, we sometimes end up tossing around buzzwords and forgetting what they mean -- and what the implications of those words are. In the current...
Sep 16, 2015, 4:39 PM
And Who in an Untimely Manner
I found myself tearing up in shul this year on Rosh HaShana as I read the always-moving words of the unetaneh tokef prayer. One of the most vividly poetic passages in our liturgy, it visualizes our passing before God on...
Mar 15, 2015, 12:51 PM
The Only Thing We Still Have to Fear
I failed. I admit it. Last week, I wrote a post that did not effectively make its point. I realized this when the most common response I got asked me questions that missed my main focus. So I'm going to do the rare thing...
Joel Haber (aka Fun Joel) is a licensed Israel Tour Guide. Born and raised in New Jersey, he spent many great years in NYC, and a few more in LA before making Aliyah in 2009. Interests include Israel, food, and making people happy.