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Adventures in Vaccinating

Watch Orit’s video tri-lingual report on Israel’s massive vaccination project–and a documentation of her own attempt.

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?

German people of the Israeli book

“It was once a given that the German audience would want to read Hebrew literature – that is no longer so. Due to Israeli politics, a saturation of books on the Shoah and Israel, the interest level is now diminished.”

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….

Settler Opens Her Home to Peace

“Most of the Palestinians, they’re people who want to live well — that’s what’s important to them,” she said. “And part of the good and simple life is to live in harmony with the Jews. Many of them don’t have extreme political views. If you succeed in having Jews and Palestinians meet each other, and the Palestinian sees the Jew is not the enemy, he’ll break out of his stereotypical view, and vice versa.”

Hanukkah and Christmas lights intertwine in former Nazi hotbed

The bearers of these Hanukkah candles aren’t Jewish. In fact, many of them are descendants of avowed Nazis. They are members of TOS Ministries, a church in Tübingen that for the past 10 years has made it a religious mission to redeem the town, the souls of its residents and the Christian faith by connecting Christianity to its Jewish roots, researching personal family history as it relates to the Holocaust and standing up for Israel.

Milking Israelis for What They’re Worth

“Israel’s not holding onto its citizens, especially new immigrants, because of the low pay and high expenses,” he said, explaining how difficulty in making a living ranks as the No. 1 reason why olim leave.

Can an Israeli Kiss a German?

“Can I kiss you?” he asks, catching me off guard. What kind of man these days asks a woman before he kisses her? I guess a German.

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.”

Was Grandpa Really A Nazi?

Some descendants of Nazis are opening the books to their family’s dark past. In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, ‘Jerusalem Post’ takes a closer look.

Start-up Berlin

Modern Tel Aviv is just over 100 years old, and today enjoys a reputation as the center of the Middle East’s “Silicon Valley” made into the stuff of legend thanks to the book Start-up Nation. With Israel and Germany having celebrated the jubilee of their diplomatic relations last year, the new phase of the Berlin-Tel Aviv partnership, and more broadly the German-Israeli relationship, is now ripening in the field of start-ups.

Team Trump Pulls Tense Jerusalem All-nighter

Jewish Journal, November 11, 2016 An hour before the initial election results came in, attorney Marc Zell, co-chairman of Republicans Overseas Israel, took out a chart of American states and crunched numbers. He predicted Donald Trump would take Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia and South Carolina — that’s 44 electoral votes. “If Georgia is too close to …

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A German-Israeli love story

“I still walk in the streets of Israel and Tel Aviv or whatever sometimes, and I think to myself, isn’t it amazing that everyone around me is Jewish? It’s fascinating to me in a way. More than being a good Jew, I’m actually a good Zionist. I really believe in the Jewish state, and it’s amazing how it worked out after all that happened.”

The German-Israeli Romantic Exchange

During last year’s jubilee celebrations of the Jerusalem-Berlin diplomatic relationship, much fanfare was made about economic cooperation, cultural exchanges and academic collaborations, but one topic went little discussed: German- Israeli romantic relations.

Revolutionizing the coffee shop and supermarket industries

“People want to buy a product at a fair price,” she says. “Cofix represents fairness. It’s the same with Super Cofix. We’re very fair with the customer. With all our products, we try to offer the best prices. We give them the possibility to choose two for NIS 5 and mix and match products. You don’t have that anywhere else.”

Reaching Higher Awareness

Two conferences highlight the rise of Romance and New Age literature.

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.

The Silence Breakers

More and more victims and communal organizations are lifting the veil of silence over the issue of sexual abuse in religious communities, but are they loud enough to stop the sexual predators?

A day tour through Rahat

During the recent outbreak of violence in Israel, Orit spends the day in Rahat with a Bedouin young leader.

Jpost Cover: Putting the ‘Snail’ in Snail Mail

The Israel Postal Company admittedly can’t keep up with the digital revolution, causing delivery delays, long waits and a disgruntled public that still believes mailboxes aren’t dead. But as it under

Dorms in the hills

Tirael Cohen leads a new kind of settlement movement

Kayaking for gold on the Kinneret

The Jordan Valley Kayak Sprint Club revives the tradition of training an international cadre of paddling champs.

7 Of The Sexiest Settlers

The hot list that everyone is talking about, as featured in Israellycool.  Ever seen a sexy settler? From the way the media likes to portray these heroes as “religiousfanatics,” you probably haven’t, unless you’ve walked these beautiful lands of Judea and Samaria (aka the West Bank) for yourself. These biblical heartlands have produced some of …

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Interview with Yehudah Glick, the “Smiling Survivor”

Having miraculously survived a late-October assassination attempt, Temple Mount activist Yehudah Glick and his supporters are upbeat, and stronger than ever in his status as an ‘extremist’ – of faith

Givatayim’s Time Has Come

An influx of young professionals is turning this once-sleepy city into a hip Tel Aviv satellite.

Israel’s Modern Foremothers

Thrust into the public light after the murder of their sons, Rachel Fraenkel, Bat-Galim Shaer and Iris Yifrah are turning their tragedy into meaning.

The Next American-Israeli Idol

Last week a handful of yordim (Israelis who “descended” to America) were given the rare opportunity to make aliyah; that is, to rise back up to Israel—and to stardom.

Continuing But Not Moving On

After the first few minutes of speaking with Shifra Shomron over the phone, the similarities between this young author and the heroine of her debut novel, Grains of Sand: The Fall of Neve Dekalim, become apparent. She’s busy studying for finals, and she asks to hold the interview when they are over. Shomron, 20, like …

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History and Trends Blend in Jerusalem

The only completed portion is a small section of the outdoor mall, but among its anticipated 138 stores are Israeli fashion chains and boutique shops, as well as high-end retail outfits like Tommy Hilfiger, MAC, Bebe, H. Stern and Ralph Lauren.

Pride and Politics

Readers of Emuna Elon’s columns in Ma’ariv and Yediot Aharonot over the past 15 years might find her debut novel, If You Awaken Love, a striking, unlikely diversion from her political crusading. In her novel, political rhetoric is cooled and sympathies are spread over the political Left and Right alike. If You Awaken Love is …

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Israeli DJs Popular the World Over

Though Israel’s public image overseas may be a source of constant stress for policymakers, if one recent poll is to be believed, the country is among the world’s most popular for devoted club-goers. Infected Mushroom, DJ Yahel and Offer Nissim aren’t likely to be familiar names to most people out of their 20s, but thanks …

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The Secrets of a Successful Bar

Owners reveal some of the principles of popularity. ‘There are no miracles in this business.’

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