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Israel Independence Day

Israel at 68

David Harris | Posted 05.09.2016 | World
David Harris

Israel celebrates its 68th Day of Independence this week. Let me put my cards on the table. I'm not dispassionate when it comes to Israel. Quite the contrary.

Some Thoughts about Freedom and Happiness

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

The Israeli Independence Day always gets me pensive. With its reliance on military and monetary aid from the US, and its extensive export to Asia, Europe, and North America, it's ironic, almost sardonic to think of the state of Israel as independent.

Israel's Independence at 67: Living Up to the Ideals of Its Founders

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 06.23.2015 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

On this important day, I can live with these dual feelings: an immense pride as a Jew in the glories of the Jewish state, and a realization that the challenges facing Israel are profound and require new initiatives.

Some Thoughts on Israel's Independence Day

Alan Elsner | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Alan Elsner

With the U.S.-Israel relationship under growing strain, someone has to step forward to act as its guardian. American Jews have a crucial role in that. We need to begin by laying out the contours of a normal, healthy relationship between Israel and the United States.

A Very Welcoming Independence Day

Rick Steves | Posted 07.09.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

The second Jewish Diaspora began in A.D. 70. That's when the Roman Empire defeated the Jewish rebels at Masada, then destroyed the main Jewish temple ...

Senate Resolution: U.S. To Aid Israel In Case Of Defensive Strike Against Iran

The Media Line | Linda Gradstein | Posted 04.17.2013 | World

As Israel celebrated its 65th Independence Day, Israeli officials ratcheted up the rhetoric directed against Iran, warning that Israel has the ability...

Heard Round the World: Praying For Boston As Israel Marks Its Independence

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

These very different "shots heard round the world" should both call us to attention and remind us of everything we have to celebrate and be thankful. May those who are bereft be comforted. May those who sustained injuries find a healing of wholeness.

As Israelis Mourn, Jordanians Glorify

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Alan Dershowitz

How long this situation will last is anyone's guess. But the possibility that before long Israel may have a neighbor to the east who is not as peaceful as the current Jordanian government, must be seriously considered.

In Israel: A Poem In Honor Of Yom Ha'atzmaut

Eitan Press | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Eitan Press

Sixty-five years ago the State of Israel was born. Yom Ha'atzmaut commemorates the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. The root letters of the word atzmaut can be translated as "essence." This poem is my attempt to share and celebrate a small slice of Israel's essence.

Israel Is Exceptional

Rabbi Baruch HaLevi | Posted 06.12.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Baruch HaLevi

Simply put, Israel is exceptional and Her exceptionality needs to be celebrated, not condemned, which is exactly what we should do this Yom Ha'Atazmaut, Israel Independence Day.

Celebrating Israeli Independence Day

Ron Kronish | Posted 06.12.2013 | Religion
Ron Kronish

On its 65th anniversary, I am mindful of how far we have strayed from our original ideals and how much needs to be done in the years ahead to make these ideals a reality in this country.

Israel's Founding Pledge

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 06.26.2012 | World
Nancy K. Kaufman

As Israel celebrates its 64th birthday, many pro-Israel women cannot help but wonder what its founders would say about the uproar over the increasing examples of gender segregation on buses and in certain public spaces.

A Celebration Needed More Than Ever: The Force Behind LA's Celebrate Israel Festival

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Los Angeles is home to more Israelis than many Israeli cities. And yet, last year the Israeli Festival was cancelled after falling on financial ruin, and a lack of general community support. Then came Naty and Debbie Saidoff to the rescue.

Israel at 64: Farewell to Hysteria -- Welcome to Pragmatism

Carlo Strenger | Posted 06.25.2012 | World
Carlo Strenger

First of all Mazaltov to us all: Israel is celebrating its 64th independence day. The festivities will make us forget for a day that, at 64, Israel's internal discourse is haunted by profound insecurities.

Israel-Palestinian Violence Erupts On Three Borders

Posted 07.16.2011 | World

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli troops shot Palestinian protesters who surged toward its frontiers with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday, killing at ...

Reflections On Israel's Anniversary And The Environment

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 07.09.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

As Israel marks its anniversary, my hope is that from out of Zion will come forth inspiration, innovation and regional collaboration, paving the way to environmental sustainability and peace.

The Maddening Israel I Love and Admire

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Don't get me wrong: my love for Israel is a mature love, one that freely acknowledges the many failings and shortcomings in the object of my affection.

The Irish-Jewish Parallels

Rory Fitzgerald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rory Fitzgerald

At first glance, the Irish and Jewish peoples seem radically different. But scratch the surface and they begin to look like twins separated at birth.