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Jewish Diaspora

A Message to Netanyahu: Enough Is Enough

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.25.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The killing of a security guard at a synagogue in Copenhagen over two weeks ago has renewed Netanyahu's call for mass immigration of European Jews to Israel. Although he has made such impetuous appeals before, he now makes a new brazen claim that as Prime Minister of Israel, he represents and can speak on behalf of world Jewry.

Once Maligned, Iran's Jews Find Greater Acceptance Under Moderate President Rouhani

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion

YAZD, Iran (AP) — More than a thousand people trekked across Iran this past week to visit a shrine in this ancient Persian city, a pilgrimage like m...

New Book Explores Cost Of 'Jewish Particularism'

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Jews exclaim “Next Year in Jerusalem!” at the conclusion of the Passover seder, an acknowledgment that Israel is their spiritual home. But s...

The Unrequited Love Affair Between Liberal Jews and an Illiberal Israel

Carlo Strenger | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Carlo Strenger

Jewish liberals -- in Israel and the Diaspora -- need to realize that the time has come to stop mourning Israel's idealized image.

Keeping It Cool in the Diaspora

Aryeh Younger | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Aryeh Younger

As personal as this war might be for many in the diaspora, it is crucial for our community to promote an environment that fosters respectful dialogue and debate. But more leaders on both sides must continue to advocate for respectful dialogue in order for change to come.

Forfeiting Israel's Reason to Exist

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.23.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Occupation must end not only because of its inherent injustice, as it demeans, debases and degrades the Palestinians, but because of what the occupation does to the Israelis -- it discredits and disgraces Jewish heritage and changes the once-oppressed Jews into merciless, heartless oppressors.

Jews as Racialized Other as Reflected in the Kansas Murders

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.18.2014 | Crime
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Why did a self-described white supremacist target apparent white people at Jewish community centers? The answer is quite simple: Though Jewish people are members of every so-called "race," even Jews of European heritage have been and still continue to be "racially" othered by dominant, Christian-European-heritage communities.

A Plea to Stop Underestimating Purim: The Most Modern Jewish Holiday

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 05.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

Though we don't often speak of ourselves this way, we as American Jews live in the diaspora. We live outside the land of Israel. Though we may have risen to great heights outside of the Land of Israel, we are always, in some sense, strangers in a strange land.

In Search Of A Common Denominator

Yuli Edelstein | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Yuli Edelstein

Armed with our faith on the one hand, and technological advancement on the other, we know that there is a common denominator shared by Diaspora Jewry and the State of Israel: contribution to humanity. The Genesis Prize will epitomize this common denominator.

Wandering Jews Of The Diaspora: Where Are They?

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

As a travel writer with a passion for Jewish history, Ben Frank is the perfect person to have undertaken the task. He eventually visited 89 Jewish communities. I interviewed him to learn more about his fascinating journey.

Egypt's Forgotten Jews

Jean Naggar | Posted 02.06.2013 | Religion
Jean Naggar

Over the past 50 years, much ink has been lavished on the displacement of the Palestinians from their homes, but barely a passing glance has been accorded the displaced dispossessed Jewish communities of Egypt and other Arab lands.

The Jewish American Gut-Check

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 02.14.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

A fascinating thing has transpired in the 63-year-old relationship between the Israeli Jewish population and their brethren in America. The latter have just realized their days are numbered.

Bridging the Gap: What the Israeli Ad Campaign Really Tells Us About Israelis and American Jews

Rachel Olstein Kaplan | Posted 02.05.2012 | Home
Rachel Olstein Kaplan

I think a very basic truth has been lost amidst the frenzy of responses and reactions to the recent ad campaign by Israel's Ministry of Immigrant Absorption.

The Jewish State and the Jewish Diaspora

Edgar M. Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edgar M. Bronfman

Even as American Jewry extends its political support to Israel, we should never stop questioning how we can make a "better Israel" a reality.

What Israel Means to Me

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

What Israel means to me at the moment is the fact of Jews persecuting other Jews for speaking out and affirming the traditions of the past, of being "Old Jews" rather than "New Jews."

Yiddish Culture Day Marked In Israeli Parliament

AP | ARON HELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Oy Gevalt! Yiddish has been uttered in the Israeli parliament! Long disparaged in Hebrew-speaking Israel as the native tongue of Di...