Emily Harris http://nhpr.org en Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service http://nhpr.org/post/israels-ultra-orthodox-put-faith-unorthodox-dating-service Yael Mizrachi, a 33-year-old Israeli woman, has been to many matchmakers.<p>"Too many," she says, rolling her wide dark eyes and tossing her shoulder-length hair.<p>Matchmakers are the traditional way to find a mate in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to which Mizrachi belongs. But she is not entirely traditional.<p>"I identify myself as a modern ultra-Orthodox," Mizrachi says.<p>Mizrachi is part of a growing number of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel who are seeking job skills, getting higher education or joining the military. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Emily Harris 46895 at http://nhpr.org Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service Two Israeli Settlers Speak Of Life — And Plans — On Disputed Land http://nhpr.org/post/two-israeli-settlers-speak-life-and-plans-disputed-land From the Palestinian perspective, a big obstacle to peace is the presence of 350,000 Israelis on land expected to be part of any future Palestinian state. Two of those settlers offer their viewpoints. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Emily Harris 46166 at http://nhpr.org A Palestinian Explains Why He Worked As An Israeli Informant http://nhpr.org/post/palestinian-explains-why-he-worked-israeli-informant It took four years in a prison cell for Palestinian Abdel Hamid el-Rajoub to decide to work as an Israeli informant. Not that he ever planned it that way. Rajoub is in his 60s now. He grew up in a Palestinian village near Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. He says he was 19, an emotional young man, when he got involved in fighting Israel.<p>"It was my right," he says, "to fight Israel and the occupation."<p>Rajoub looked up to an older brother, who he says was part of the military branch of the Palestinian political group Fatah and was killed by Israeli soldiers. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Emily Harris 42672 at http://nhpr.org A Palestinian Explains Why He Worked As An Israeli Informant Palestinian Herders Pick Up The Pieces After Homes Destroyed http://nhpr.org/post/palestinian-herders-pick-pieces-after-homes-destroyed <em>NPR's Emily Harris sent this postcard after visiting a community of Palestinian herders whose camp was demolished for being in a closed Israeli military zone.</em><p>It's about 20 minutes by four-wheel drive up a rocky canyon to Khirbet 'Ein Karzaliyah, a near-barren plain with a small spring. A handful of families live here, including more than a dozen children and over 700 sheep and goats.<p>Meshchas Bne Menneh unzips the door to her home, a large tent on a sturdy square frame. She flicks on a battery-powered lamp and lights a propane burner for tea. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:06:00 +0000 Emily Harris 42168 at http://nhpr.org Palestinian Herders Pick Up The Pieces After Homes Destroyed Israeli Startup Offers Kids Social Media Training Wheels http://nhpr.org/post/israeli-startup-offers-kids-social-media-training-wheels Two years ago, Itay Eshet's daughter told him she wanted a Facebook account. She was 10 years old.<p>Facebook's great, Eshet told her, but it's not for kids. So instead they built a new social network for preteens called Nipagesh, which means "let's meet" in Hebrew.<p>Facebook and most other social networks require users to be at least 13 years old, but lots of kids want to join sooner. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:14:00 +0000 Emily Harris 40313 at http://nhpr.org Israeli Startup Offers Kids Social Media Training Wheels Election In Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Town Tests Gender Norms http://nhpr.org/post/ultra-orthodox-towns-election-puts-gender-rules-test Voters across Israel choose new mayors and city councilors in local elections Tuesday. In one small town, a handful of ultra-Orthodox Jewish women are defying the norms of their community by running for office.<p>On a recent day, children mob two women in skirts, stockings and purple T-shirts in a neighborhood park in El'ad, or Forever God. The women are candidates for town council. As part of their get-the-word-out campaign, they're blowing up balloons for kids.<p>"I've been thinking about this for a year. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:08:00 +0000 Emily Harris 37169 at http://nhpr.org Election In Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Town Tests Gender Norms A Graduate Student's Odyssey From Gaza To Indianapolis http://nhpr.org/post/graduate-students-odyssey-gaza-indianapolis To get a small sense of Fida'a Abuassi's odyssey, start on June 28, days before the Egyptian coup. She had just returned to her native Gaza Strip via Cairo after spending the year in New York on the U.S. government-sponsored Fulbright student program.<p>"I came back to Gaza, and then they declared that they will close the border until further notice," she says.<p>Her goal was to get to Indiana by August to start her master's program at the University of Indianapolis.<p>There are only two legal ways in and out of the Gaza Strip. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 09:58:00 +0000 Emily Harris 36844 at http://nhpr.org A Graduate Student's Odyssey From Gaza To Indianapolis Israel Eases Restriction On Building Materials To Gaza Strip http://nhpr.org/post/israel-eases-restriction-building-materials-gaza-strip Israel eased a major restriction on the Gaza Strip last week. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 07:21:00 +0000 Emily Harris 36107 at http://nhpr.org Israel Eases Restriction On Building Materials To Gaza Strip Syria's Move To Join Chemical Treaty Puts Pressure On Israel http://nhpr.org/post/syrias-move-join-chemical-treaty-puts-pressure-israel Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>World leaders are convening in New York this week for the United Nations' General Assembly. And among other things, they're facing some potentially dramatic changes in arms control in the Middle East. Syria might give up it chemical weapons. Iran is signaling that it might negotiate with the West over its nuclear plans. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 10:21:00 +0000 Emily Harris 35437 at http://nhpr.org The Latest Frontier In Gourmet Salt, From The Lowest Point On Earth http://nhpr.org/post/latest-frontier-gourmet-salt-lowest-point-earth When you go to the Dead Sea for a float in its extraordinarily buoyant waters, signs warn you not to drink a drop. "Did you swallow water?" one Dead Sea do's and don'ts list asks. "Go immediately to the lifeguard."<br /> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 21:13:00 +0000 Emily Harris 33991 at http://nhpr.org The Latest Frontier In Gourmet Salt, From The Lowest Point On Earth You Say 'Kubbeh,' I Say 'Kibbeh,' Let's Eat 'Em All Right Now http://nhpr.org/post/you-say-kubbeh-i-say-kibbeh-lets-eat-em-all-right-now People across the Levant love their dumplings, even if they can't agree on a name. Some say kubbeh; others say kibbeh. In Egypt, you might hear kobeba.<p>In Jerusalem, there are perhaps as many variations of the kubbeh as there are cultures in the city.<p>One popular version consists of meat wrapped in bulgur, then deep fried. Dip one in tahini for a crunchy snack.<p>But at the Te'amim — or Tastes — cooking camp in Jerusalem, chef Udi Shlomi prefers to teach kids to make kubbeh hamusta.<p>"Hamusta, it means <em>hamuts</em>, vinegary ... very lemony kind of a taste," Shlomi says. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 07:33:00 +0000 Emily Harris 33941 at http://nhpr.org You Say 'Kubbeh,' I Say 'Kibbeh,' Let's Eat 'Em All Right Now A West Bank Spring At The Center Of Deadly Struggle http://nhpr.org/post/west-bank-spring-center-deadly-struggle There's a pretty little spring in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where fresh water has dripped from the rock, probably for centuries.<p>Now it is the center of a deadly struggle over land.<p>Israeli teenagers from Halamish, the Jewish settlement a short walk uphill, found the spring several years ago. It flows from a small cave.<p>"The kids were always looking for something to do in the summer," says Shifra Blass, who moved to Halamish, also known as Neveh Tzuf, more than 25 years ago when her husband became the community rabbi. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:22:00 +0000 Emily Harris 32564 at http://nhpr.org A West Bank Spring At The Center Of Deadly Struggle The Ramadan Challenge: Shop And Cook While Hungry And Thirsty http://nhpr.org/post/ramadan-challenge-shop-and-cook-while-hungry-and-thirsty Around the world, hundreds of millions of Muslims are fasting from sunrise to sunset. The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began last week and continues until Aug. 7. That's 30 days of avoiding food and drink all day. But in many families, someone still has to prepare a hearty, and sometimes festive, dinner every night.<p>"Ramadan is a big change in routine," says Jehad Outteneh, a Palestinian in Jerusalem who shops and cooks for her family of eight.<p>I followed Jehad one day to learn her tricks, and her recipes. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:35:00 +0000 Emily Harris 31609 at http://nhpr.org The Ramadan Challenge: Shop And Cook While Hungry And Thirsty Israel's Internal Battle Over Ultra-Orthodox Soldiers http://nhpr.org/post/israels-internal-battle-over-ultra-orthodox-soldiers Moshe Haim always wanted to be a soldier. The 20-year-old is now a sergeant, more than halfway through three years of service in the Israeli military.<p>But when he goes home on leave, he doesn't talk about his military experiences to any of his eight siblings, especially his brothers.<p>"I know that for my parents and my brothers, the first, best choice is to be in the yeshiva and study there," he says at a small West Bank outpost where he's stationed. "It wasn't good for me, but my brothers are still pure."<p>Haim grew up in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family in Israel. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 07:19:00 +0000 Emily Harris 31159 at http://nhpr.org Israel's Internal Battle Over Ultra-Orthodox Soldiers Kerry Believes Mideast Peace Talks 'Could Be Within Reach' http://nhpr.org/post/kerry-believes-mideast-peace-talks-could-be-within-reach Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Henry Kissinger as Secretary of State in the 1970s made the term shuttle diplomacy famous in the Middle East. Some of his successors used the same strategy, but it had been a while. Well, now it's John Kerry's turn. He emerged yesterday from long separate sessions with Palestinian and Israeli officials, saying the start of peace negotiations could be within reach. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 08:39:00 +0000 Emily Harris 30448 at http://nhpr.org