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First Published in Hebrew in Ynet The proposal to legally bar the commemoration of the Nakba on Israel’s Independence Day reflects growing trepidation in Israel about the inevitable encounter with the Palestinian Nakba and the understanding that the Nakba is a foundational part of Israeli identity. Until recently, the threat of exposing the Nakba was […]

Naqba Reflections #1

In: 60 years later, History, Israel, JVoices, Memory, Palestine

As a child growing up in Israel, the Holocaust was omnipresent. There was the makolet (grocery store) owners with numbers on their arms, Begin yelping ‘Never Again’ as an election slogan, and the opening line of countless comedic monologues that begin with ‘as the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and the mother of a soldier to be, I hereby light this torch in the name of (fill in the blank).’ [Thank you Hanoch Levin)

(apologies to those who aren’t living in new york city – this is an event announcement) (it seems like there are many more radical purim extravaganzas going on all over the country, though, and i’m posting this announcement in part to encourage folks to think big and exciting for next year…) this year’s eighth-or-so edition […]

Memory in Song

In: Memory

This past week, I found out that my cantor from my childhood, Cantor Y’shaya M. Grama, passed away in his sleep. For most of the week, I kept on, knowing that underneath, a sadness had taken over me. But, I couldn’t find a way to meet it in the days of what often feels like […]


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