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May 12, 2019, 1:44 PM
Israel Belongs in the Middle East
In the seven decades since the establishment of the third Jewish commonwealth, we have revived our language, made the desert bloom, and ingathered the exiles of our people. Our next goal must be total integration into the greater Middle...
Apr 1, 2019, 3:14 PM
A Legacy of Complexity
Amidst a rapidly changing world, the Jewish community, like all communities of faith, is trying its hardest to preserve its heritage and pass it on to the next generation. In this mission of love and devotion, we get a lot...
Mar 12, 2019, 9:37 AM
Judaism Is Not (Just) A Religion
Judaism isn't just a religion. Throughout millennia of our existence, we've transformed from family to tribe and from people to nation. For thousands of years we've retained a distinctly Jewish ethnicity, culture, and system of faith. We've consistently referred...
Feb 13, 2019, 11:57 AM
To the Community I Love & Left
It's been a year and a half since my Aliyah to Israel, and I'd like to make some things clear. I didn't leave the United States, the country where I was born and raised for 19 years, because of any...
Jun 13, 2017, 3:47 PM
Israeli Culture: Dayenu
In the years since the end of World War II (even more so since the end of the Cold War), the world has been transformed by a rapid increase of American cultural and economic “development” (or in some cases, imperialism)....
Mar 3, 2017, 10:24 AM
American Jews, it’s time to leave
Since the election of Donald Trump, American Jews have seen a rapid rise in anti-Semitism. I understand how frightening and heartbreaking the attacks on our community centers, cemeteries, schools, and synagogues have been. I understand that the immediate reaction...
Jan 31, 2017, 11:26 AM
An (angry) open letter to millennial Jews
I've just about had it with millennial Jews. For years, especially now with the rise of Trump, you have been raising your voices against the American Jewish community and against Israel. There have been marches and protests and new organizations formed...
May 5, 2016, 9:09 PM
On Holocaust Memorial Day, Don’t Forget the Jews
Every Yom Hashoah, my heart stops. The sirens blare in Israel, the country stands still, and my stomach drops as I see the horror before my eyes. Scenes of grandparents sent to the gas chambers, young men forced into slave labor, young...
Dec 24, 2014, 1:14 AM
As a lover of history, I'm very interested in how ancient stories can become applicable to current issues. With the holiday season upon us, I've been thinking a lot about Chanukah. Some of my peers might say that Chanukah is "Jewish...
Dec 2, 2014, 9:38 AM
Trying To Be Thankful
Last week was Thanksgiving and I had trouble getting in the mood. Usually, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year; my extended family comes in and I get the week off of school. I spend hours eating,...
Matan made Aliyah after graduating from high schoool and currently serves as a Lone Soldier in the IDF. He's obsessed with maps, krembo, and Zionism.