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Judy Lash Balint is a Jerusalem-based journalist and author of Jerusalem Diaries: In Tense Times (2001) & Jerusalem Diaries II: What's Really Happening in Israel (2007) She was awarded the Mosaic Award for Excellence in Feature Writing about Israeli Peoplehood, Culture and Society and took second place in the Jerusalem Foundation's Excellence in Jerusalem Reporting contest. Judy blogs at and is a contributor to the Fodor's Israel Guide.

ARTICLES BY: Judy Lash Balint

February 21, 2016 8:19 am

Jewish Leader Malcolm Hoenlein Lauds Christian Support for Israel, Warns Against Missionizing (INTERVIEW)

Back in 1977, Mike Evans was the director of Bnei Yeshua, an openly messianic congregation he founded in Texas and moved to Stony Brook, NY....

July 21, 2014 2:59 pm

Uncanny Similarities: Lebanon 2006, Gaza 2014

Exactly eight years ago, on July 21, 2006, Major Benji Hillman, 27, of Raanana was buried in the middle of the Second Lebanon War. Benji, the...

July 24, 2013 9:21 am

‘Peres In Therapy:’ Comedy Show Could be a Solution to the Mideast Conflict

Israel has a fresh and vital comedy scene, with a host of "stand-up-istim" (yes, that's right, Hebrew has no word for stand-up comedians), as well...

July 4, 2013 1:11 am

Remembering Entebbe: Israel’s July 4

July 4 marks the 37th anniversary of Operation Yonatan, Israel's dramatic rescue of 103 hostages that took place on July 4, 1976, at Entebbe, Uganda. As a college student...

January 4, 2013 4:13 am

Experiencing Jerusalem Through the Arts

Jerusalem--Jerusalem inspires creative energy—ever since David composed his Psalms here, the holy city has been known as a place of poets, artists, musicians and performers. Now, a...

October 10, 2012 5:11 am

Where Jewelry and Charity Meet

What's the highest level of charity according to Jewish tradition? It's giving someone in need a job or training for a career so they can...

September 13, 2012 12:56 pm

Ten Ways You Know Rosh Hashana in Israel is Almost Here

1. Turn on the radio any time in the weeks between the date school starts and Yom Kippur, and it's a sure bet that on...

June 15, 2012 12:56 pm

The Next Generation of Israeli-Arab Employment

Nibras Taha, 36, is the director of the brand new one-stop employment center in the Israeli Arab town of Tira, a few miles northeast...

April 24, 2012 2:27 pm

Jesus in Telpiot?

Get ready for more controversy over archaeology in Jerusalem. After the Discovery Channel aired a documentary this month about what's underneath a building in East...

April 10, 2012 1:33 pm

A Quiet Education Revolution

A quiet revolution is taking place in the Israeli education system.  When the next school year begins in September, a third stream of state-approved schools...

December 1, 2011 9:59 am

Israeli Scoffs Donuts for Charity

In Israel sufganiyot (donuts) appear in bakeries shortly after the end of Sukkot. No matter that Chanukah is months away, everyone likes to get a...

October 10, 2011 12:41 pm

Day of No Traffic Lights

I know most Jews call Yom Kippur by other names, but here in Jerusalem, it's the Day of No Traffic Lights. There are no traffic...


Children of Fallen Soldiers Celebrate Mass Bar Mitzvah -- Dozens of orphans of fallen Israeli soldiers, and the son of an American serviceman who died in Afghanistan, celebrated their...

At Sukkot, Israeli Farmers Enjoy the Fruits of Their Faith - Avichai Koch says farming is in his blood. He is the son of Holocaust survivors from Europe who immigrated...


Syria-Bound Russian Warships Passing Through English Channel Closely Monito...

Russian warships have been pictured off the coast of Britain, en route to a suspected bolstering of the bombing campaign on...


Israeli Security Services Thwart Major Palestinian Terror Plot - Israeli security officials revealed on Thursday that they had averted a major terrorist attack and arrested those who plotted to carry it out. According to a statement released by the Shin Bet,...

Middle East

Turkey Increases Offensive Against Kurds in Syria

Turkey escalated its offensive Thursday against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, pounding them with airstrikes and artillery, and complicating the battle against the Islamic State group by Ankara and Washington,...