About

Since January 2012, this blog has been a home for stories, reflections, poems & essays by writer and political activist, Moriel Rothman-Zecher.

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Moriel was born in Jerusalem, raised in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Arabic and Political Science. He moved back to Jerusalem in 2011, and has been involved with a number of groups & campaigns working against the occupation. Moriel lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Kayla, who works at HIAS, providing legal aid to African Asylum Seekers in Israel.

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This is Moriel and Kayla’s dog, Silly Department:

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Moriel is the author of the forthcoming novel, “Sadness Is a White Bird,” (Atria Books, spring 2018), and is the recipient of a 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellowship for Literature.

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His writings have been published in The New York Times, Haaretz, Sojourners Magazine, the Berkeley Journal of Sociology, Religion Dispatches Magazine, Middlebury Magazine, the Daily Beast, the Huffington Post, the Jewish Daily Forward, +972 Magazine and more.

He is training for his fourth ultramarathon (and his first 100K). To date, he’s run a 61K and two 50Ks, as well as one regular marathon (3:04).

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Moriel’s poem, “Jerusalem,” has been featured on IndieFeed, on +972 Magainze, and on the Promised Podcast. Here it is on YouTube:

(Much more poetry on the Poetry Page).

Moriel has spoken and performed at universities and colleges including Princeton, Harvard, Brandeis, Stanford, Haverford and more; at synagogues including Kehilla Community Synagogue (Oakland) and Kol Tzedek (Philadelphia); and with groups ranging from Open Hillel to Hillel to JVP to J Street U to SJP to Yachad UK to Habonim Dror and onwards. A fuller list here.

Here is video of Moriel’s talk at Kehilla Community Synagogue in Oakland, CA, in October, 2014. “Nonviolence, Dissidence and the Israeli Occupation”:

And here are Bob Dylan and Moriel**:

This is Bob Dylan and me

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**It is worth noting that there are some well-researched theories that posit that Moriel doesn’t exist:

”…Under a byline from someone allegedly named Moriel Rothman-Zecker. Nobody knows this punk. I say alleged because as noted earlier, I suspect that [he is] probably Tom Friedman.”

-Jack Engelhard, Arutz Sheva: Israel National News.