First Person

My Swedish Corona Fairy Tale

Orit travels with her daughter Hanna to Stockholm to find out how they bucked the European lockdown trend–and to get a bit of fresh air.

An American prophet in Berlin

Richard Grenell had been making the German-American relationship more open and honest than ever before and holding Germany accountable to their ethical, historical and political obligations.

Single Mum auf Wunsch: Orit Arfa über ihre Entscheidung

Mum Magazine: Viele Frauen in den Dreißgern kennen das: Sie wünschen sich ein Baby, doch es fehlt der passende Partner – und die biologische Uhr tickt unerbittlich! Die israelische Journalistin Orit Arfa hat sich entschieden, Single Mum zu werden. Wie sie zu dieser Entscheidung kam und welchen Weg sie gewählt hat, um mit Anfang 40 nun ihr Wunschbaby zu bekommen, erzählt sie uns hier.

Everything you wanted to know about my Berlin Baby

My unborn daughter has already given me many gifts. Honesty, for one. For a long time, I haven’t written about my personal life, partly out of respect for my own privacy and partly for fear that it might scare men away. But I’m not scared anymore.

The Journey to Polish Citizenship

“Your Polish citizenship certificate has come through – congrats! Where would you like it sent to please? And do you have this BC [birth certificate] attached ready in hard copy so we can do Step 2?”

Die machen ja dicht: Schabbat in Berlin

This is the second in a series of articles on life in Berlin for Fluter, a political magazine for young adults sponsored by the German government. Here Orit discusses what it’s like to observe the “German Shabbat.”

Der Holocaust Ist Vorbei

In letzter Zeit ist der Holocaust zu einem Prüfstein geworden für diverse moralische, ethische und politische Diskussionen oder Entscheidungen.

The Holocaust Is Over (Op-Ed)

The Holocaust is over. I have no authority to make this bold claim, for if I were to believe it then my background as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors on my father’s side would be irrelevant, and no Jew directly victimized by the Holocaust would have any increased moral standing in commenting on the place of Holocaust memorial in today’s society.

A tour through the new Berlin

The Magazine ventures to Berlin to learn firsthand how the influx of refugees – and non-refugees – are changing the landscape of the German capital

I’m a potential martyr, too

Orit Arfa’s essay on her personal reaction to the Tel Aviv shooting – a horror that somehow felt different.

News1 Publishes Orit’s column in Hebrew

Had the people of Gush Katif been more secular in their fight for Gush Katif, they could have been sitting in their homes. עם כל הכבוד לאורח החיים הדתי של אנשי גוש-קטיף ושל ציבור המתנחלים הדתיים, בימים שבהם הבתים שלהם – והארץ כולה – היו נתונים בסכנה, היה עליהם לדעת כי חיי אדם קודמים למצוות פולחניות

Sex and the Column

One of the first things I did when I arrived in my hometown of Los Angeles for the summer was to rush with my friend Lori to see “Sex and the City” on opening night. We weren’t the only ones. The movie was sold out all over Los Angeles, but as committed fans, we made …

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Combining fact and fiction confuses peace event

I decided to attend the event with an open mind, to approach it as an opportunity to learn more about the occupation, to show my solidarity with my leftist brethren and to express my appreciation for their humanitarian instincts. While we may disagree on how to end the occupation – I believe in Palestinian disarmament, not reckless Palestinian empowerment –we agree that the status quo is untenable

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