About richards1052

I am a Jewish blogger living in Seattle with my wife, three children and dog. I write in Tikun Olam about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jewish culture, religion and music. I've also created Israel Palestine Blogs, an Arab-Jewish peace blog aggregator. My work has been published in The Guardian's Comment is Free blog, the Los Angeles Times, and American Conservative Magazine.

Israel is OCCUPIED

Israel is OCCUPIED
By August 1, 2007

Well, not precisely. But I did want to introduce you to one of the most interesting and provocative Israeli English-language bloggers: Yudit Ilany of OCCUPIED. The images accompanying this post are from her terrific slice-of-life photo blog, occupiedimage. But before … Read More

A Mighty Heart: Thoughtful Meditation on Hate

By August 1, 2007

I saw A Mighty Heart last night, the movie about Daniel Pearl‘s abduction and murder, and I was surprised. First, I liked the movie and expected not to. Second, it was not the anti-Muslim screed I’d expected it to be. … Read More

My Love Poem to the Israeli Right

By July 31, 2007

Well, OK. Not exactly. It's not a love poem to the entire Israeli right. Just to one particular member of it, Moshe Arens. And not even a love poem for all his views. But for a column in today's Haaretz … Read More

Jews and Infertility

By July 31, 2007

Infertility is an issue most people know very little about. But that doesn't stop those same individuals from having strong opinions on the subject. Strong opinions based on ignorance are often deeply misinformed and prejudicial. Such is the case with … Read More

Idan Raichel: Israeli Music in Ethiopian Groove

By July 31, 2007

I was listening to KBCS (Bellevue, WA) and the DJ played a song that knocked me out. Being Jewish, having a strong interest in Israel, and knowing Hebrew, whenever I hear Hebrew anywhere my ears perk up. But this song … Read More

What’s Wrong With That Little Blue Pushke?

By July 30, 2007

Any Jewish boy or girl who's ever attended Hebrew school knows about the blue Jewish National Fund (JNF) pushke (or charity box), into which parents and teachers encouraged us to throw our pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. They taught us … Read More

Azmi Bishara’s J’Accuse

By July 30, 2007

The gag order imposed on media reporting of the Shin Bet treason case against Azmi Bishara has been lifted. Unfortunately, we don't know much more now than we did before. But at least it has freed Bishara from enough constraints … Read More

Not All Evangelicals Want Us to Fry and Israel to Bomb Iran to Kingdom Come

By July 30, 2007

This is my first post as Jewcy guest blogger and allow me to say how grateful I am to Jewcy's editors for allowing an obstinate Jewish progressive Zionist crank like me to speak my mind about a few of the … Read More