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  • Reading Lamentations with Gush Katif Evacuees

    By Orit Arfa

    July 15, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    I couldn’t see his face through the mechitza (the wall separating the men and women), but I heard him, the tears in his voice, the deep sorrow, as the cantor read Jeremiah’s Book of Lamentations poetically remembering the horrific tragedies the Jewish people have suffered.

    His... read on

  • American Jews: Expel Yourselves

    By Orit Arfa

    July 14, 2013 | 9:31 am

    The majority of American Jews, if one can judge by presidential voting records and policy statements by AIPAC and other major Jewish organizations, believe that the solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict involves evacuating Israeli Jews from Judea and Samaria (aka the "West Bank")... read on

  • Disengagement Commander Expresses Remorse Over Expelling Jews

    By Orit Arfa

    July 11, 2013 | 8:43 am

    We're coming upon eight years since the "disengagement" from Gush Katif, Gaza, and the time is ripe for introspection about an event that drastically altered the Middle East and that most people don't talk about anymore, even as people cavalierly call for evacuating more Jews from... read on

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  • The Settler Is Free….

    By Orit Arfa

    July 10, 2013 | 11:08 am

    This is a hugely emotional moment for me. This is the moment I let my baby run free into the world. By "baby," I mean my debut novel, The Settler.

    Those who have followed my musings about Israel throughout the years might know that I have been obsessed with the aftermath of... read on

  • Pinchas and the Harlotry of the “Peace Process”

    By Orit Arfa

    June 28, 2013 | 3:16 am

    The fantastic story of Pinchas takes place in the book of Bamidbar, on the heels of the Moabite King Balak’s attempt to eradicate the budding Israelite nation by hiring the gentile prophet Bila’am to curse Israel to destruction. God foils Bila’ams plan, and Bila’am finally... read on

  • J Street Takes a U Turn into Ariel?

    By Orit Arfa

    June 7, 2013 | 7:36 am

    The mission of the lobby J Street is “a two state resolution to the conflict with the Palestinian people.” Decried as an anti-Israel lobby by staunch Israel supporters who view the two-state solution as the Arabs' "Final Solution," J Street focuses much of its efforts on reviving... read on

  • Israel’s Newest “Settler” Settles In

    By Orit Arfa

    June 5, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Please forgive my hiatus in blogging. I was busy making aliyah and starting my new position as Director of Communications and Visitor Services at Ariel Development Fund, getting settled into a new apartment, buying furniture, etc. Baruch Hashem, Israel's newest "settler" is... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Orit Arfa can aptly be described as a Renaissance Woman. A writer of fiction, non-fiction and music, a painter, and a Zionist activist, Orit’s interests span many media.

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