Berlin Blog

Warum sind der Iran und Deutschland so gute Freunde?

Die Absicht, der Gründung eines Regimes zu gedenken, das sich verpflichtet, Israel von der Landkarte zu tilgen, ist nur ein kleines Beispiel einer Reihe von deutschen Aktionen gegenüber dem Iran, die pro-jüdische und Menschenrechtsaktivisten dazu veranlassen, Deutschlands Reue über den Holocaust kritisch zu betrachten.

The Orit Arfa Show: From Start-up Nation to Grown-up Nation Israel

Without Israeli hi-tech genius, there would be no Face ID recognition on the iPhone, no “Did you mean…?” function for Google typos…the new Berlin taxi-share service “BerlKönig” also relies on Israeli technology. So far, Israeli companies have been cooperating primarily with the USA. But more attention is being paid to Germany. Can this c to contribute to strengthening German-Israeli friendship?

Geht’s Noch, Claus Strunz?

Das Buch beschäftigt sich mit den „schlimmsten“ Fehlern des Landes und schlägt 20 Ideen vor, wie man sie beheben kann. Einer der Fehler ist, selbstredend, Merkels Entscheidung, Tür und Tor zu öffnen für Menschen mit zweifelhaften Werten und problematischem Demokratieverständnis. Das ist der Fehler, den Strunz am kompetentesten behandelt…aber seine Lösungsvorschläge sind technisch, eben klischeehaft deutsch. Er beschäftigt sich nicht mit dem tatsächlichen Grund für die Probleme in diesem Land: Deutschlands gequälter Seele.

Das kalte Date mit D

A very personal blog (in German) about Orit’s date with a German man, watching a Holocaust movie, and the frightening ending….

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.

Jewish Museum Berlin Honors Forgotten Jewish Peacemaker

In 1984, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem established the Carl Melchior Chair for International Policy, but mostly, people have hardly heard of him. If only the Museum would hold true to its name and dedicate more of its resources to such important German-Jewish figures instead of politicized, interfaith exhibitions, then perhaps the legacy of people like Melchior would be more justly redeemed.

The Kanye West Jews [VIDEO]

On October 11, Kanye West devastated the mainstream media when he professed his love for President Donald Trump. Just two days before, another event of equal devastation took place in Germany: German Jews professed their love for Alternative for Deutschland (AfD), which the German mainstream media has long peddled as a neo-Nazi party much in the …

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My belated answer to Ari Fuld

And here I am, ready to give him the answer as to why I left Israel for Berlin: Ari, your death is the answer.

Did Germany lose its balls because of a few turkeys?

Germany’s embarrassing performance and “Erdogate” reflect the split in Germany regarding how the government handles citizens of Turkish descent and a new Muslim population who may not be loyal to modern Germany’s values of democracy and individual rights.

How Can Israeli Cities Compete with Berlin

Man cannot live on bread alone, but man cannot live on Zionist sentiment alone, either. An article that got a lot of people angry….

Who is Felix Maximilian?

He is the gorgeous German man who stars as “Sebastian,” the male protagonist in my novel, Underskin. Watch!

Dr. Orit: 3 Steps to Overcoming Holocaust Guilt

Dr. Orit puts Germans on the couch and offers them three not-so-easy steps for overcoming Holocaust guilt, but which is essential to moving forward psychologically and emotionally.

Underskin: A Novel

Times of Israel Review of Underskin

“Underskin may come across to some as little more than an erotic romp in the hay, but its provocative discussion of a serious subject gives readers plenty of food for thought.”

Show me the Nazis!

Orit has been making waves in German media with a viral video documenting her “Nazi” hunt at a Munich beer hall. Watch what happens…

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.”

Dies ist Dschihad (Cicero Magazine)

Die amerikanisch-israelische Autorin Orit Arfa war nach Deutschland gekommen, um endlich normal leben zu können. Seit dem Anschlag in Berlin spürt sie die gleiche Angst wie in Israel, auch weil viele Deutsche die Gefahr nicht sehen wollen

Making Aliyah to Berlin

Now those feelings of enthrallment I felt as a new Israeli have come back for Berlin.

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.

Germany, I’m crazy about you!

Und jetzt, da der Terror auch Dich betrifft, trifft es mich so viel stärker als bei jedem anderen europäischen Land, das vom Terror heimgesucht wird. Wenn ich höre, wie Freunde sagen, dass Du es verdient hast.

A love letter to Germany, from the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors

And now, when a terror attack hits you, I feel more pain for you than for any other European country victimized by terror, even as I hear friends say Germany deserves it, that it got what’s coming, especially for indiscriminately opening its borders to scores of migrants from antisemitic Muslim countries. But I feel your pain, and I want to fight for you, almost as much as I want to fight for Israel.

My love letter to Germany goes viral in Deutschland

Just recently, he translated my “Love Letter to Germany, from the Granddaughter of Holocaust Survivors”. The comments I have received from Germans are very heartwarming, indicating that the seeds of a true Israel-German friendship and partnership exist, and that the two nations could fight darkness together. On his pages, the letter has received over 1500 shares and likes.

Follow My Berlin Footsteps

One of the advantages of living in Berlin, at least for the summer, is the fact that you walk a lot. Even though public transportation is excellent and you don’t need a car, walking on the wide sidewalks is so pleasant in the mild weather. With my iPhone’s “Health” app tracking my steps, I was able to compare how much walking I do in Berlin versus Tel Aviv and Los Angeles (where I drive). Here is a weekly average: (Based on a random sample – we’ll see how this changes now that I got a bike!)

The Jewish boy who drives German girls crazy

“We’ll push our way to the front,” my friend, a staunch Charlie Puth fan, told me right before the Charlie’s concert in Postbanhof Club in Berlin on May 14. “The Germans will probably stand around politely. We have the Israeli chutzpah.”

My Inspiring Encounter with L.A. Holocaust Survivor Joshua Kaufman

Just that day Yehoshua was denied the opportunity to testify at a Nazi war criminal trial against a former Nazi SS guard. The judge’s refusal, citing lack of necessity for the testimony, was an emotional and physical slap. Yehoshua had hurt his knee a few weeks earlier but decided he must travel to Germany to seek justice. He had prepared his words, how he had lugged dead bodies out of Auschwitz gas chambers, pulling them apart as they stuck together during their murder.


A new refugee is storming your shores.
She is known to be extremely dangerous. Some people call her a radical. In some countries, she has a price on her head. She is a woman with a vengeance, a defender of her people. She’s sometimes armed – with biting humor, a sharp tongue, and irony.

About the Berlin Blog

“An Israeli refugee in Berlin” is a blog in the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, chronicling the life of Orit Arfa in Berlin in the Summer of 2016, as she delves into city life, German-Israeli relations, the refugee crisis, and the Tel Aviv-Berlin connection.

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