All tagged Gender Roles

What About the Mothers-in-Law in the Christmas Story? Part 2

Alice: Today, as I was preparing my weekly kneidlach, my wonderful, gorgeous, handsome and talented son burst through the doors with the most amazing news! My boy, oh, he could have been so much more than a carpenter-lawyer, doctor, tax collector-he's a wonderful son!  Ah, but then he settled for Miriam and a small, provincial life in this one-camel town.  Ah well....maybe the Grandson will amount to something.

What About the Mothers-in-Law in the Christmas Story? Part 1

Goody Two Shoes:  You are not going to believe this, but last night Joseph came home and told us Mary, his fiancé, is pregnant!!! I was so shocked but I should have saved it because what came next topped the whole sorry tale...She (I can hardly utter her name-Mary)...she said God was responsible for getting her pregnant!!! How blasphemous!!! AS IF...Now I have heard some stories in the past about miracles and such, but this is ridiculous!

10 Questions Every Palestinian Parent Asks

In Palestine, people are eager to have their children get married. This is how it starts. When your son or daughter turn 25 they are considered ‘too old’ to find a spouse, and parents start the ‘Mr. or Mrs. Right’ search for them. The parents are worried they may fail in their task; in order to ensure success, they ask the neighborhood and the surrounding community to keep their eyes open.

Hosting the Last Supper (Part 3)

As we enter both Easter and Passover, we asked our bloggers to give their thoughts on what it would have been like to host the Last Supper. Most people know the story but never consider who the hosts were or what it must have been like to be asked to host the momentous occasion. Here is part 3 as our bloggers present their unique perspectives on this idea:

Hosting the Last Supper (Part 2)

As we enter both Easter and Passover, we asked our bloggers to give their thoughts on what it would have been like to host the Last Supper. Most people know the story but never consider who the hosts were or what it must have been like to be asked to host the momentous occasion. Here is part 2 as our bloggers present their unique perspectives on this idea:

My Collection and Myelf

The other day, I went to a friend’s house. It was my first time there and, as an explorer in a new setting, I was gathering information about my friend. One of the things i noticed about her living room is the wide collection of cookbooks she had. So my first question was:

- ‘Do you like to cook?’ 
- ‘No, these are for my roommate.’ she answered
- ‘Does she like to cook then?’
- ‘No, she collects them. This is what she would like to read, you know? The person she thinks she is as opposed to who she is. One day she wants to read them.’

Female Leadership: Is the local church lagging behind?

This article is our attempt to portray the status of women in our communities, respectively the Palestinian Christian and the Messianic Jewish ones. We share with you our heart in hopes that this will be a call for prayer and action towards bettering our roles in these communities. We do not seek to be an obstacle or merely a complaining voice, but rather a voice that reflects reality and is trying to raise awareness.

A cake gone wrong

In Palestinian culture, there is a lot of pressure on women to be good and hardworking housewives. The house always needs to be spotless, and the kitchen always needs to smell of food and dessert.

Can Mary Get to Bethlehem? PART 4 OF 4

I: If I were Mary, I guess I don’t have that far to go to get to Bethlehem. It’s just a ten minute drive from my Jerusalem home to manger square, or a one and a half hour walk.  Or, at least it should be, or it would be, if not for the looming wall protruding from the ground to tower over our heads.  I suppose I’m giving birth over a decade too late; Israelis were allowed to visit Bethlehem before that time. 

Perceptions speak louder than words

I attended a conference the other day for a Christian entity on a managerial topic. From the beginning of that meeting the leading pastor was welcoming everyone and from his choice of words i could understand that there are also people of other faiths, or people who are not necessarily evangelical. I was very impressed because the majority of events, whether intentional or not, seem to exclude others.