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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...

Happy Jerusalem Day!

Posted on 05/21/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
Photo Credit: Sharon Marks Altshul of Real Jerusalem Streets If you look at any newspaper in the world, it certainly seems that there is no country more despised and reviled than Israel. Which is ironic,...

Tel Aviv Drunk. Tel Aviv Sober.

Posted on 05/12/2017 by Ben Emerling in Israel
Where can you find the best beaches, food, and people in the world? Look no further than Tel Aviv, Israel. Tel Aviv is known for its insane nightlife, flavorful hookahs, perfectly crafted shwarma, and amazing...

Thanking Our Friends

Posted on 05/03/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
In synagogue this morning, the day after Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day), my husband was discussing with a neighbor how each of them had spent the festive day. My husband and I had flagrantly...

The Uniqueness of Jewish Nationhood

Posted on 05/01/2017 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Israel
As we celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, it is a proper time to reflect upon the basic nature of our Jewish national identity. The questions actually abound...as do the myriad of answers...
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