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Sharona Margolin Halickman
Jul 12, 2018, 12:06 AM
Why should we specifically settle Israel?
In Parshat Masei (Bamidbar33:53) we are commanded: “Drive out the inhabitants of the land and settle in it, because I have given this land to you to possess.” Ramban (Nachmanides) believes that it is a positive commandment to dwell in...
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Jun 20, 2018, 3:57 AM
The little ugly Zionism
Once upon a time, there was a very ugly lady. It's not nice to say but she really looked not so hot. No one liked her in any way whatsoever. At least, that's how it seemed. One day, however, it...
Graciela Berger Wegsman
May 17, 2018, 9:24 PM
Jerusalem, where the stones speak
How do you fall in love with a city? For me, my love for Jerusalem began with its stones. The stones talked to me. They told me stories; they spoke of history, love, death, beauty, empires, civilizations, time, and faith. When you fall...
May 5, 2018, 10:16 AM
To Charles Bronfman and other donors: Please invest in the people of Israel
Birthright Israel co-founder Charles Bronfman has proposed establishing a lobby in Jerusalem to promote the interests of North American Jewry. He points to the growing rift between Israeli government policies and liberal religious convictions prevalent amongst mainstream Jewry in...
Apr 25, 2018, 1:04 PM
Anti-Zionism = Antisemitism
In this generation antisemitism is again overt with its focus, surprisingly to some, on the Left, particularly within the Labour Party. It has been festering there for some considerable time, mostly ignored, in the disbelief that a political ideology...
Mar 31, 2018, 2:05 PM
Tents on the Gaza border
We had our lovely Seder. There were too many people for the dining room, so we hired a tent. It was full of light and laughter and love of family, community, tradition. And most of the time I felt...
Mar 29, 2018, 5:20 PM
Weather forecast for Seder night: overcast with clouds of unrest
Passover Seder on this kibbutz, on the border with the Gaza Strip, has always been a very special event, with tens of tables set and waiting, rehearsals for Had Gadya and the Four Brothers and other Passover-inspired dances (funny...
Julie H. Bernstein
Mar 25, 2018, 7:05 PM
Go to the Land of Your Foremothers
There are moments in life that will change you forever. My maternal grandmother’s passing one year ago right before Passover began, shook me to my core and left an emptiness that is indescribable; it forced me to muster all...
Mar 11, 2018, 9:45 PM
Finding My Why
I was recently in Washington, DC, for my first AIPAC Policy Conference. Aside from being surprised by the physical size of the convention center and my inability to acquire any sense of direction of the said convention center even...
Mar 3, 2018, 11:40 PM
The destruction of the kibbutzim and the myth of “the periphery”
We all carry our media-imposed impression of Israel's periphery as impoverished regions mostly comprised of poorer Jews whose families trace their origins to Northern Africa and Middle Eastern countries (Mizrahim). Why oh why has the government consistently been neglecting...