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Feb 3, 2019, 11:18 PM
Of Darkness and Light
Nir Meir became the General Secretary of the Kibbutz Movement in 2015. Upon taking the position, he was described as experienced and moral. While one cannot deny his experience, having held key positions in the kibbutz movement for the...
Feb 3, 2019, 7:02 AM
The passionate struggle over the future of Labor Zionist youth movements
Over the past 5 years, a major feud has erupted between the Kibbutz Movement and Dror Israel regarding how the values of Labor Zionism should be realised. This is how the story began. -- When Degania Aleph was established in 1909,...
Jan 28, 2019, 9:06 PM
In memory of Amos Oz – exorcising the tribe’s demons
I didn’t know Amos Oz personally. I never made my way to Arad where he lived for the last few decades after leaving Kibbutz Hulda with his family. So why the choking sensation in my throat when I heard...
Jan 16, 2019, 1:41 AM
The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 26
Children begin by loving their parents; after a time, they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. ~ Oscar Wilde I am mourning the father I had, and I am mourning the father I didn't have. He had limitations, and...
Dec 29, 2018, 8:48 PM
A Deja Vu New Year on the Border
First: booby-trapped balloon launching has been renewed the past few days. Then, last night: a rocket shattered the silence of the night when it was launched into Israel. It was the first rocket shot at us in a month...
Dec 20, 2018, 2:03 PM
Street Library — A Miracle!
There's a new phenomenon in arts and literature popping up throughout Israel. In music there are numerous house salon concerts, where musicians can play the music of their choice (usually forward looking) and receive reasonable audience contributions. At the...
Oct 13, 2018, 12:40 AM
Paradise has corners
What makes my home so special? It's how my pulse slows and my heart settles; serenity pervades my breathing, and I am content
Oct 2, 2018, 1:23 AM
Kibbutzim doing their part for asylum seekers
Despite high levels of anti-refugee sentiment in Israel, many Israelis have come forward to help 'the strangers among us'
Jul 23, 2018, 11:34 AM
One-handed applause for the NY Times’ ‘Israel Picks Identity Over Democracy’
Today’s NY Times carries an interesting column by Max Fisher written in the wake of Israel’s new nationality law. For this flawed column it is very clear that the editors of the NY Times wrote the headline not the...
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Jul 18, 2018, 4:59 PM
40 years in Israel
Ulpan, army, kibbutz, moshav, and the public-private life of a diplomat -- Israel has changed and so have I