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The Eternal Culprit (Israel, a Film, and the Media)

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.18.2012 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Where is the Associated Press's lead story that attempts to defuse the manipulation with an account of how the journalists of the agency, followed by the press the world over, allowed themselves to be led into this trap with such incredible guilelessness?

PHOTOS: Building Global Community: Teens Explore Jewish And International Peoplehood

Sam Maller | Posted 10.24.2012 | Religion
Sam Maller

The Diller Teen Fellows program empowers participants to be engaged, effective leaders with a strong understanding of their Jewish identity and respect for Jewish pluralism and peoplehood.

United Church Of Canada Votes To Boycott Some Israeli Products

Religion News Service | Kristine Greenaway | Posted 08.20.2012 | Religion

OTTAWA, Ontario (RNS/ENInews) The United Church of Canada has approved a recommendation to boycott products produced in Israeli settlements located wi...

The Hate That Does Not Die

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

One hatred ties these disparate movements together, the longest hatred that is both widespread and resurgent. Around the world, there is the threatening and all too familiar specter of the hatred of Jews.

The Self-Hating Jew: A Strategy To Hide From Self-Reflection

Richard Forer | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Richard Forer

The notion that any Jew who is dedicated to justice for all people harbors self-hatred defies common sense. Given the self-esteem it takes to stand for justice amidst fierce denunciation, a more accurate assessment is that these are self-loving Jews.

Jewish Students Highlight The Importance of West Bank Travel, Education

Evie M. Salomon | Posted 10.01.2012 | Religion
Evie M. Salomon

When Brian Rizoway and a group of students toured West Bank cities of Hebron and Bethlehem, his encounter with the other side of the Zionist narrative took him by surprise.

Is Christian Zionism Compatible With The Two-State Solution?

Miguel Espinoza | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Miguel Espinoza

Evangelicals have shaped some of the country's most controversial domestic policy debates, from abortion to gay rights. A growing coalition within the larger evangelical movement has also begun to quietly shape a much different debate involving the future of Israel.

Talking Prayer With Shimon Peres At The Israeli Presidential Conference

Eitan Press | Posted 08.26.2012 | Religion
Eitan Press

President Peres summed up for me a core sentiment of what it means to be a Jew, a people who wrestles with God, when he said, "For me, dreaming is simply being pragmatic."

Peter Beinart Rattles Jewish Leaders With Questions On Israel

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 06.21.2012 | Religion

JERUSALEM -- Peter Beinart considers himself a supporter of Israel. He attends synagogue and sends his children to a private Jewish school in New York...

Israel's Future: When It's Jew Versus Jew

Stanley Weiss | Posted 08.15.2012 | World
Stanley Weiss

The world has grown accustomed to Jews fighting Arabs -- but what to do when the greatest threat to Israel's future is Jews fighting Jews? If the Zionist dream is going to survive, Modern-Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Jews must be heard.

Hadassah At 100: Honoring America's Jewish Women

Posted 05.06.2012 | Religion

By Marcie Natan Hadassah National President In 2004, Belle Simon, who lived in New York at the time, needed a kidney transplant. A longtime membe...

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.

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.

My Battered Zionism: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Leonard Fein | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Leonard Fein

I am a Zionist because Israel is the most important project of the Jewish people in my lifetime, and I will do what I can to help make it work, no matter the odds. And what seems to me needed to make it work is a revival of Zionism's earlier aspirations.

What Zionism Does (Not) Mean: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Ruth Gavison | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Ruth Gavison

Yes, I am a Zionist. Wholeheartedly. If at all, I am now more explicitly Zionist than I was in my younger years. I am sorry and troubled that it has become so hard for so many to describe themselves in these terms.

Why I Am Both Hawk And Dove: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Steven M. Cohen | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Steven M. Cohen

Zionists of the left must contend with two sorts of challenge. One challenge comes from without -- from those who deny the legitimacy of a sovereign Jewish homeland -- and one from within -- from those with positions that put Israel at grave risk both morally and physically.

One Word, Many Meanings: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Hagit Ofran | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Hagit Ofran

Zionism is not an inert concept but a continuing dynamic challenge, in both definition and implementation. The connotation of the word Zionist is changing all the time.

The Flowering Of Creativity: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Ariel Beery | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Ariel Beery

Here is the Zionist movement's next goal: to take the lead in informing our People's self-expression in art and politics and business alike, so as to pioneer a path toward a more fulfilling collective life.

A Jewish Athens, Not Sparta: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Stuart Schoffman | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Stuart Schoffman

For the Love of Zion, call me whatever you will, it won't change what I am. Liberals like me, walking and talking like Zionists, are Zionists. That's a truth the "authorities" cannot duck.

For Our Creative Survival: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Can the Jewish people survive without a Jewish and democratic state in the Land of Israel? For a while, perhaps. But creative Jewish survival needs a state to strengthen Jewish identity, foster Jewish unity and offer a meaningful Jewish response to the emptiness of modern life.

Why Progressive Nationalism Is Still So Relevant: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Kenneth Bob | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Kenneth Bob

Israel's founders understood that Israel cannot treat its minorities the way that Jews were treated throughout history. A world view of how the Jews can realize their national aspirations in a socially just manner is as relevant today as it was then.

Let's Have An Honest Debate: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Mitchell Cohen | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Mitchell Cohen

Hard though it may be, I think it is better to struggle constantly between particularism and universalism -- to struggle between the demands of actual, complex situations and circumstances and the horizons or principles that let us project better ones.

Distorting The Word 'Zionism': Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Steven J. Zipperstein | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Steven J. Zipperstein

Zionism's plummet as a compelling idea -- beyond, that is, the political or religious right -- isn't merely the byproduct of insidious propaganda or of the bullying of leftwing academics. The term has stumbled into something worse than obsolescence.

The Abandoned Middle Road: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Anita Shapira | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Anita Shapira

Sometimes I feel that I am the last of a vanishing species of people who had deep convictions about taking responsibility for the destiny of the Jews and about mending themselves as part of a universal movement aimed at making the world a better place.

How I Became A 'Post-Zionist': Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Rabbi Aryeh Cohen | Posted 06.24.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Aryeh Cohen

The Zionist movement succeeded in creating a homeland for the Jewish people in the Land of Israel more than 60 years ago. Its current challenge is to become a truly liberal democratic country of all its citizens and work toward peace with a homeland for the Palestinian people in Palestine.