Who is Felix Maximilian?

January 12, 2018

He is the gorgeous German man who stars as "Sebastian," the male protagonist in my novel, Underskin, in my music video trailer about my novel. Read about how we met, and how he came to Tel Aviv to shoot the music video in my Jewish Journal

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WATCH: “Sanctified” music video for Orit’s novel, Underskin

January 10, 2018

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Settler Opens Her Home to Peace

January 8, 2018

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, January 3, 2018 Fourteen years ago, during the Second Intifada, Caroline Schuhl Schattner of Toulouse, France, felt the time had come to realize her Zionist dream. Frustrated with French news media coverage that made Israel out to be the aggressor during the prolonged uprising, she moved to Israel intent on becoming an actor in Israeli history, not a bystander. Schuhl Schattner enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces and joined a combat rescue unit. Today, at the age of 34, with a degree in linguistics, a husband and three children,

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Anti-Israel protests, Berlin Christmas market attack’s anniversary test German officials

December 26, 2017

BERLIN—On Dec. 19, the bells of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church went off at 8:02 p.m., the exact time last year when a Tunisian migrant rammed a lorry into the Berlin Christmas market near the church, killing 12. The demonstration organized by a grassroots group, “Berlin Against Islamism,” temporarily stopped its programming on Kurfurstendamm, the German capital’s ritzy boulevard. An Israeli flag draped over the equipment truck and a sign in Hebrew (among other languages) that read, “They love death, we love life,” attracted passerby Menora Vaknin, a tourist from the Israeli

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Hanukkah and Christmas lights intertwine in former Nazi hotbed

December 19, 2017, Dec. 19, 2017 Most residents of Tübingen, Germany, probably don’t know that the local “synagogenplatz” (synagogue plaza) even exists. The rusted memorial to the synagogue that burned to the ground during Kristallnacht is one of the few tributes to Jewish life that once existed in the city—not that Jews ever really thrived there. The source of Tübingen’s growth (its population is 90,000) and fame is its university, founded in 1477 by Eberhard the Bearded, who expelled all Jews from the medieval town. Upon the rise of Hitler, about 100 Jews pr

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Milking Israelis for What They’re Worth

December 9, 2017

Jerusalem Post Magazine, Dec. 8, 2017 Look how dirty it is,” LiAmi Lawrence remarked as we took a plastic cart at the Shufersal “Sheli” on Ben Yehuda Street in Tel Aviv. “The don’t even bother cleaning them.” Residue from who-knows-what lined the bottom of the faded red basket-on-wheels, foreboding an unpleasant trip to his local Shufersal, which Lawrence always dreads. This immigrant of three years from Los Angeles joined me for an informal price survey of supermarket staples to understand how grocery prices and, by extension, the cost of living, have

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