About the Author


Barbara Sofer

Barbara Sofer is a Jerusalem writer who focuses on the wondrous stories of modern Israel. She serves as the Israel director of public relations for Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. The views in her columns are her own.


A Winning Season

Religious freedom isn’t always a giveaway.

Top 63+1 Reasons I love Israel

The top 63-plus-one new reasons I love Israel, in no particular order.

Fear vs. hope

Israelis' anguish is too little acknowledged.

Raising the Children of Terrorists

Not one parent owned up to contributing to a culture in which suicide bombers were teen idols.

Higher Ground

The role of time-honored Jewish values during war.

Rise Up from the Ashes

One couple's special Jerusalem story.

Practicing Rescue

Don't confuse knowing what to do in a terror attack with getting used to it.

Am Yisrael Chai

The indomitable spirit of Israel will be very much alive next week at a very poignant wedding.

Light from Eden

Three days after Adam was buried, Shoshana and her husband, Dov, decided to try to have another baby.

The Moral Paradox

There's a fine line between self-criticism and Israel-bashing. In times of national danger we have to be scrupulous in not erring on the bashing side and abetting the enemy.

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