Daniel Stieglitz

Daniel  StieglitzIn September 2000, prior to starting college, I studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar. Within weeks of my return for my second and final year of study there, it became abundantly clear that my second year would be quite different from my first. That was the year that the Second Intifada broke out. Clashes between Israelis and Arabs escalated, and terrorist attacks that targeted Israeli civilians occurred on an almost daily basis.

Daniel  StieglitzThere are many countries in the world where women and other populations do not have equal rights. Gays must remain closeted, for fear of their own lives, and religious minorities have no rights. People die by the hundreds, perhaps thousands, on an almost weekly basis due to horrors like starvation, poverty and destruction. So what should we do about all of these problems? I know! Let’s boycott Israel.

JERUSALEM – For the most part, I don’t check the weather in Israel. As it only rains in the winter, at least fifty percent of the year has a forecast of “warm and sunny.” Then the winter season comes and we literally pray for rain. As a desert country, we are very dependent on the winter rainfall. Every once in a while, Israel is treated to a few flakes of snow. This year, however, we got a snowstorm that rivaled some of the worst that I experienced while growing up in Rhode Island.