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Wartime Diaries

Everything in this corner of the world changed on Saturday, October 7, 2023.

All around us, friends, family, colleagues, people have died. People are missing. People have been kidnapped. There’s a lot of uncertainty and we’re all involved in dozens of initiatives but we’re also going to bring you some voices and testimonies that try to paint a picture of these devastating times.

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    Amira Mohammed and Ibrahim Abu Ahmad

    Arab-Israelis, or Palestinian Citizens of Israel, or Palestinian-Israelis – all these definitions are obviously complicated and personal and have hefty...
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    Moriah Cohen

    On Saturday, four hostages – Noa Argamani, Shlomi Ziv, Almog Meir Jan and Andrey Kozlov – were heroically rescued by...
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    Lihi Lapid

    Lihi Lapid is a celebrated photojournalist, columnist and best-selling author – of children’s books, cookbooks and award-winning novels. She’s also...
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    Amit Halivni Bar-Peled

    It’s Yom HaZikaron again, Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror. Since the start of the war, 1511 Israeli...
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    Tzvika Mor

    Forty-seven-year-old Tzvika Mor is from the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron. His son, Eitan, was kidnapped from...
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    Mishael Zion

    Next week, millions of Jews around the world will sit down at their Passover tables, for what will invariably be...
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    Walter Bingham

    The horrific events of October 7th reminded many people of the darkest chapter in Jewish history – the Holocaust. And...
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    Shai Davidai

    In the immediate aftermath of October 7th, Shai Davidai – an Assistant Professor at Columbia University – became an unlikely...
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    Idit Ohel

    Alon Ohel – a talented young jazz pianist – was kidnapped from the Nova party on October 7th, and has...
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    Sharon Gutman Gilor

    One of very few positive outcomes of this war is that the ongoing debate surrounding the participation of female soldiers...
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    Aliza Raz-Melzer

    There has been endless talk of the “Home Front” during this war. The “Home Front,” as in what goes on...
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    Noam Tsuriely

    Some 350,000 Israelis have been called up to reserve duty since the start of the war, in what has been...
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    Maya German and Benjamin Fainsod

    Today’s “Wartime Diary” takes us to a place that is, under normal circumstances, one of the most visited sites in...
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    Hugo (Uri) Wolaj

    The war has been going on for over three months, and many of us have settled into some sort of...
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    100 Days

    Today is the hundredth day of the war. And, though our Wartime Diaries series continues, we want to stop, mark...
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    Charlene Seidle

    Upwards of $1 billion in donations have been sent to Israel since the start of the war. For years Charlene...
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    Omer Ohana

    The war has brought many new people into the limelight: For nearly three months we’ve been hearing countless stories of...
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    Issa Kassissieh

    It’s a sad Christmas Eve in Jesus’ homeland. The alleyways of Jerusalem’s Old City, the streets of Nazareth, the churches...
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    Shira Masami

    More than 200,000 Israelis – from both the South and the North – have been forced to leave their homes...
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    Riyad Ali

    Since the start of the military operation in Gaza, countless reports by journalists embedded with the IDF troops have appeared...
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    Adam Ben Shabath

    As has been said many times in the past, identity is like an onion: There are layers of family and...
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    Shalom Weil

    As of today, more than 400 Israeli soldiers have been killed in the war. Each one of those deaths, of...
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    Rachel Goldberg and Jon Polin

    Many of you have probably heard, or read about, Rachel Goldberg and Jon Polin, the parents of 23-year-old Hersh Goldberg-Polin,...
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    Elliot Cosgrove and Mishy Harman

    Last week, our host Mishy Harman was interviewed by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove for the Park Avenue Synagogue Podcast. And as...
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    Doron Krakow

    This war is a humbling experience for us all. People — no matter who they are or what they normally...
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    Hagit Maoz

    Almost immediately after the start of the attack of October 7th, as rockets were being launched at Jerusalem, and sirens...
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    Datya Itzhaki

    In the summer of 2005, the government of Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza. The roughly 8,000 residents of the 21...
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    Hai Ashkenazi

    53-year-old Hai Ashkenazi from Tel Aviv is an archeologist, but never imagined he would find himself excavating a 21st-century Kibbutz....
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    Ronit Farm

    Normally Chavat Ronit – or Ronit Farm – is a high-end event venue north of Herzliya. Ra’anan Arizon’s seventy dunams...
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    Chaya Gilboa

    Chaya Gilboa is a Talmud teacher, an activist, a flaming redhead, and was – for the last three years –...
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    Faiz Abu Sabehan

    Over the last five weeks we’ve spoken to many families of hostages. That’s how we met Faiz Abu Sabehan, whose...
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    Mishka Ben-David

    Mishka Ben-David might seem – at first – like a harmless and cuddly grandpa, but the truth is that he’s...
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    Agi Mishol

    77-year-old Agi Mishol is one of Israel’s most prominent, beloved and widely-read poets. Over the years she’s won practically every...
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    Sahar Vardi

    Israel is in the midst of a brutal war it didn’t want and didn’t initiate. And here at Israel Story...
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    Louish Rijal

    Among the thousands of people who had the terrible misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time...
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    Angela Buchdahl and Shlomo Nisanov

    The nature of the attacks on October 7th, together with certain subsequent reactions around the world, have blurred the lines...
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    Gidon Lev

    There’s a lot of Holocaust rhetoric in the air. ‘Never Again’ slogans have resurfaced, Netanyahu has said – on several...
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    Noga Friedman

    45-year-old Ido Rosenthal from Moshav Ben Shemen served in an elite commando unit and was killed on the first day...
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    Matti Friedman

    The war caught everyone by surprise, of course, and since it broke out at the tail end of the chagim,...
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    Alon Shalev

    Many people sprung into action since October 7th. And yet, at the very same time, many Israelis feel… lost. Not...
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    Tomer Oshri

    During normal times Tomer Oshri – a 48-year-old history teacher from Jerusalem – works at JDC-Israel and runs an educational...
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    Adva Gutman Tirosh

    Even today, nearly three weeks after the devastating attacks of October 7th, there are still hundreds of people who are...
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    Raz Newman

    Israel has, of course, branded itself as the Start-Up Nation. And in many ways, Raz Newman is the classic Israeli...
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    Sivan Avnery

    For months Sivan Avnery – a physical therapist from Kfar Shmaryahu – was active in the demonstrations against the judicial...
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    David Broza

    There’s a long tradition of musicians and entertainers performing on the frontlines during times of war. And, indeed, almost immediately,...
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    Yarnin Peled

    Wars are often told through numbers – of the dead, the wounded, the missing, the misplaced. But behind each one...
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    Mor Maisel

    This war has forced many people to reevaluate their identities and political sensibilities—not an easy task during these shocking and...
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    Hedai Offaim

    During this dark time, Israeli civil society has risen to the occasion. Hedai Offaim – a chef, farmer and social...
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    Ofer Tamir

    After the entire team of Kibbutz Kissufim’s dairy farm was murdered, Ofer Tamir from Nahalal rushed down south to rescue...
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    The Eulogy for Roi Rotberg

    In 1956, Moshe Dayan – then the IDF’s Chief of Staff – delivered a eulogy for a fallen member of...
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    Katherine Leff

    Despite everything, life continues amid the horror. For Katherine Leff, this meant going ahead with the day she’d been dreaming...
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    Itai Kramer

    At age 50, Itai Kramer is no longer obligated to serve in the reserve forces, yet he volunteered anyway. Itai...
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    Ariel Markose

    Hundreds of thousands of Israelis have been called up to reserve duty. But what about the families they leave behind?...
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    Sasha Ariev

    Everything in this corner of the world has changed since Saturday, October 7. All around us, friends, family, colleagues, people...

Additional Stories

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Check out some other wonderful projects collecting wartime stories and testimonies:

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