Parents on Gilad Shalit

It would be understatement to say that Israel can be a polarizing issue for Jews, and non-Jews. And as a general policy, we tend to steer clear of it here on Kveller. There’s plenty of parenting material without delving into borders, accords, and White Papers.

Though there are some issues that are just too hard to ignore. And one of those is Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier released last week after 5 years in captivity.  I happened to be in Israel last week when Gilad came home. The country was plastered with posters and signs and riveted to televisions as he stepped onto Israeli soil. Jordana Horn’s post last week captured perfectly the general feeling there.

We’re publishing two more pieces today about Gilad–one from Cara Paiuk whose friend was killed by one of the prisoners being released and another by Mayim Bialik, who was moved by Israelis tending to one of their own.

Stay tuned, we’ll soon be returning to our regular programming.

Deborah Kolben

Deborah Kolben is Editorial Director/Founding Editor of Kveller. She formerly covered education, crime, and real estate at the New York Daily News and The New York Sun before becoming  the city editor of The New York Sun and the managing editor of  the Village Voice.  She has also written for The New York TimesFinancial TimesThe Forward, and Jerusalem Report. She received a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and received an Arthur F. Burns fellowship to report in Germany. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

The opinions expressed here are the personal views of the author. Comments are moderated, so use your inside voices, keep your hands to yourself, and no, we're not interested in herbal supplements.

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