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Black Lives Matter and the Beauty of Israel: Working on Both With One Soul

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

The day we all pray for will come when we can listen well enough to distinguish, affirm, and support our truest selves. None need be at the expense of the other, and all could use their own dignity back.

Arab Lives Matter, Jewish Lives Matter -- Part 2

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

After over a 100 years this conflict is still defined by its original clash of two narratives.

Arab Lives Matter, Jewish Lives Matter -- Part 1

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

The longer this conflict goes on it becomes easier for radical elements to become strengthened and increase in numbers, while at the same time it allows for a spiral downward drawing the two sides further apart. The present violence is but another reminder that the status quo can not hold.

What Does the Temple Mount Symbolize to Progressive Religion?

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 10.23.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

My teacher Emil Fackenheim once challenged me with an idea full of tension. Speaking of Jerusalem as a metaphor in our prayers is all fine and good, until you now have political power over the real Jerusalem.

A Real Response to Israel Hatred: Love

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Hatred against Israel triggers a defensive Jewish posture. But we're better than this. There are so many reasons to be proud of Israel, to celebrate all our Start-Up nation has accomplished.

Praying for Israel During Troubled Times

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

I share here a few statements made by national Jewish organizations during these last few days, and ask us all to stay tuned in, to pray for peace, for safety, for life for Israelis and Palestinians. I ask you to take action how you see fit to save lives, to speak love, to share your dreams for and take steps to recreate the world as you believe it should be.

How About a Jewish President?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While the media is currently having lots of fun asking their hypothetical "gotcha" question over a non-existent Muslim candidate, the possibility that Bernie Sanders could become America's first Jewish president should be a valid topic for conversation in the midst of this campaign.

A Long Strange Trip

Rachel Wahba | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Rachel Wahba

Inheriting my parents' traumatic background as Arab Jews in Muslim lands, our 20 years of statelessness, my fractured life in India and then Japan in Catholic missionary schools bent on conversion, solidified my identity as a Jew.

Living on the Edge -- Israel, ISIS and the West

Uriel Abulof | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Uriel Abulof

After five weeks in Israel, a couple of days after the war ended, I left the bubble -- only to realize I had just reentered another. A benign bubble, for sure, substituting "rationality" for hatred, godless happiness for divine devotion, but a bubble nonetheless.

J Street Elects Muslim President For Student Arm

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON, D.C. (RNS) A young Muslim woman has been elected as the head of the student arm of J Street, a liberal pro-Israel organization. Amna...

A New Synagogue In Chicago Is Billing Itself As 'Non-Zionist'

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.22.2015 | Religion

(RNS) An Israeli flag next to the rabbi’s podium, a synagogue-wide Israel Independence Day celebration, a prayer for the state of Israel during ...

How Albert Einstein Helped Shape The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Hanoch Gutfreund | Posted 08.13.2015 | Science
Hanoch Gutfreund

The Hebrew University was not established by a ruling monarch or by the government of an existing state. It was conceived and founded by the Zionist movement, which pursued the goal of establishing a Jewish homeland.

A Long, Hard Look at 'Zionism in Damascus'

Sami Moubayed | Posted 08.13.2015 | Books
Sami Moubayed

I have to differ with the author, however, about the status of Damascus Jews. Denying their persecution at certain epochs of Syrian history would obviously be incorrect, but so would to claim that Damascus was hell on earth for its Jewish community. That exactly is what the book tries to push through the reader's mind, quit intentionally.

Where's the Travel Writing for Black Women?

Sarah Enelow | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Sarah Enelow

Ever since I got into travel writing, I've been told to read the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, William Dalrymple, Bill Bryson, and other white men. While I learned a lot from their stories, I was also repeatedly left with questions about misogyny and racial insensitivity.

Two States: A Solution

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

In eighteen months the stone carver will engrave the final dates of the two-state solution idea, and we will head towards unilateral actions that will create two states or back into a one-state entity. Neither will be a solution and will only create different dynamics for the conflict to continue.

Coming Out As a Pro-Palestinian Zionist

Alicia Chandler | Posted 07.06.2015 | Religion
Alicia Chandler

I am a Pro-Palestinian Zionist. I believe in a homeland for the Jewish people. I believe in a homeland for the Palestinian people. What do you believe?

Sacred Earth: Pope Francis and Bonna Devora Haberman

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

The Jewish world lost one of our greatest voices for feminism and for a just Zionism this week, Rabbi Bonna Devora Haberman​. She was a founder of Women of the Wall, an activist and scholar, and co-director of YTheater, a Israeli Jewish and Palestinian theater company in Jerusalem.

A Campaign in Saudi Arabia Challenges Young People to Rethink Their Biases

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
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Joseph Braude

A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict.

A Palestinian's Journey Towards Healing

Kamal Abu-Shamsieh | Posted 05.22.2015 | Religion
Kamal Abu-Shamsieh

As I disengage from MLI, it does not necessitate an end to my dialogue with Zionists. Dialogue with Zionists is as crucial to Muslim-Jewish understanding as outreach to Evangelicals to advance Christian-Muslim relations. I will continue my journey towards healing that I yearn to achieve.

Unwrapping Fear

Rachel Wahba | Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Rachel Wahba

For years Olivia sent out its mailers covered up. For years my Jerusalem Report magazine arrived in my mailbox uncovered. And then for the last twen...

Anti-Semitism and Israel's Moral Imperative

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.06.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

One would think that those who suffered persecution as much as the Jews would treat others with care and sensitivity. That the victim can become a victimizer is painful to face, but it is a reality nonetheless.

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.

Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel in a New Way

Ron Kronish | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Ron Kronish

For many years, I and many other people I know have had trouble commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel. I can't bear to view the official state ceremonies on television, broadcast from Yad Vashem, with all their clichés and us-against-the-world ideology.

Looking Past Bibi: A Letter to College Students from a Young, Jewish-American WASP

Jacob Glick | Posted 06.15.2015 | College
Jacob Glick

Despite the election results, such a disfigurement of American Zionism is not the victory that Benjamin Netanyahu has earned, much less the one that he deserves.

Expelled From the Promised Land: Exploring Exodus and Zionism

Naomi Dann | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion
Naomi Dann

Telling the Exodus story without acknowledging the violence against the Caananites is similar to repeating the Zionist myth that Israel was a "land without a people for a people without land."