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Israel at 68

David Harris | Posted 05.09.2016 | Home
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.

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

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 06.23.2015 | Home
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.

As Israel Turns 66, a Shifting Focus for the Jewish State

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 07.05.2014 | Home
Abraham H. Foxman

Security issues still loom large and likely will for the foreseeable future. Yet Israelis also understand that the best way to counter those seeking to challenge the Jewish State's existence is to build a stronger Israeli society.

Boston Marathon Tragedy: Still We Heal

Rabbi Laura Baum | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Baum

At moments like this, we like to see the helpers. It is affirming and heart-warming to see the altruism of others and to see how individuals and communities stand together. We must not forget the positives, even as we face tragedy.

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.

Israel at 65: A Proud History and Bright Future

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 06.15.2013 | Home
Abraham H. Foxman

As Israel celebrates its 65th birthday, we should pause to marvel at the many successes of the Jewish state. Democracies around the world, including the U.S., have taken centuries to achieve the type of political, social and economic advances that define Israel's existence today.

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.

Haredi Reflections On Israel's Independence Day

Avraham Edelstein | Posted 06.12.2013 | Religion
Avraham Edelstein

A rabbi once said that the secular Zionists stole the love of Israel away from Haredi Jews. What he meant by this was that Haredim, who ought to have a deep and natural connection to the Holy Land, now feel a little uncomfortable with and alienated from those feelings. This is sad. But it is changing.

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 at 64: Love is Complex

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

We have had 64 years of building a homeland for the Jewish people, an heroic task that has at times succeeded beyond our wildest dreams, and of which we are immensely proud, and at times let us down in deep and painful ways. That is what it means to be in a loving relationship.

The Knish Lives In Israel

Laura Silver | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Laura Silver

Israel, on my first visit in 1994, was teeming pitas, tomato-and-cucumber breakfasts and fresh-squeezed Jerusalem juices. Still, I could not find a cornerstone of my culinary upbringing.

Will You Still Love Me When I’m 64?

Rabbi Yael Ridberg | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Yael Ridberg

On Israel's 64th birthday, I've been thinking about how to share that love of Israel with my daughters, even while I know the Israel they will come to know may seem different than when I first went 40 years ago.

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.

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.

On Motherhood And Citizenship: Reflections For Yom Ha'atzma'ut

Rabbi Jill Jacobs | Posted 07.09.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jill Jacobs

The promise that God will raise up the poor teaches us that a mother's joy also depends on raising her child in a fair and just society.

Let's Talk About Peace in the Mid-East

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sarah Newman

Despite the stalled peace process, we shouldn't give up hope. Bold individuals are demonstrating their commitment to dialogue.