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Why Secular Jews Should Celebrate Yom Yerushalayim

Posted on 05/08/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
Unlike many liberal American or secular Jews, I will be proudly celebrating Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) this year. Let me explain why. Not only is Jerusalem the birthplace of Judaism and the Bible, but it...

Israel Must Act Quickly To Win Back American Jewish Support

Posted on 05/06/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
It is no secret that criticism of Israel has been proliferating from the mainstream American Jewish community over the past couple of years. It seems like every week, there is a new Jewish organization,...

Live And Let Live

Posted on 05/04/2018 by Irene Rabinowitz in Israel
Recently I attended an event in Jerusalem during which acclaimed Israeli singer David Broza was interviewed. He is known for his very optimistic efforts at creating peace through music. I’m not a real...

The Alchemy of Tragedy

Posted on 04/22/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
Alchemy is the ancient study of how to change one thing into something else. This past week in Israel was quite an intensely emotional one. This time of year, the State of Israel marks two special days in...

Are We One People?

Posted on 04/13/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
There's a five-minute video from Shabbat.com making the rounds on social media. I've seen it a number of times on Facebook and on WhatsApp. It features an older, religious Jewish man and a taller,...

A Little Story About What Meir Said

Posted on 03/18/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
A few days ago, my husband and I had just finished a meeting in Kikar HaMusica - Music Square - in Jerusalem with some new friends from Texas. Walking to our car, we stopped in a makolet, a small Israeli...

Not Jewish Enough

Posted on 03/04/2018 by Ruti Eastman in Israel
My friend Elisha wants to come to Israel to study Torah in yeshiva. The trouble is, he can’t get a visa. Is it because he’s black, he asks me? No, I don’t think so. Though his mother and...

What Do You Do When A Friend's Dvar Torah Offends You?

Posted on 02/12/2018 by Irene Rabinowitz in Israel
The past week’s parsha (Torah portion), Mishpatim, tells us that because we were strangers in Egypt that we need to welcome those strangers in our midst. And we do. The movement to bring our Ethiopian...

Immigration and the Jews

Posted on 01/24/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
Immigration. Just the word is enough to recall the state of divisiveness and controversy that is the current political reality in today’s world. From the United States and Europe, all the way to Israel...

American Football in Israel: Rockin' the Midot

Posted on 11/23/2017 by Ruti Eastman in Israel
[This post is reprinted, with permission, from Ruti Eastman's (a/k/a Mrs. Coach) new book From Big Whine To Big Grapes: A collection of essays on aliyah and life in Israel, as seen through rose-filled...
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