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Understanding the Other Side of Our Birth Right

Jai Retter | Posted 09.02.2014 | World
Jai Retter

What I learned from my experiences in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is that identifying as an American Jew is not a disqualifying pre-requisite for being pro-Palestine, pro-peace, and pro-Israel all at the same time, but ignorance is.

Love in the Time of Intifada (Part One)

Max Dorfman | Posted 08.21.2014 | World
Max Dorfman

We create these narratives of good and evil because they are easier. They allow us to look at an issue and demand one side's acknowledgement of wrongdoing. They create a false complexity, when the natural complexities presented are difficult enough.

Birthright Didn't Kill American IDF Soldier Max Steinberg

Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Eleanor Goldberg

Max Steinberg, a Los Angeles native who upped and moved to Israel alone to volunteer with the Israeli Defense Forces died in combat on Sunday. But according to an editor at Slate, it wasn't Hamas who killed this 24-year-old.

Lone Soldier: Birthright Is ‘Not Responsible For The Loss Of My Arm'

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.28.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

A recent Slate article drew harsh criticism for suggesting that an Israeli organization that sponsors a 10-day free trip to Israel for young Jewish pe...

My Own Personal Gaza

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
Michael Rosenblum

One night, at a beach resort, I got into a heated "Israel and the Palestinians" discussion with a Peace Corps guy. I countered with all the usual responses: the Holocaust, Israel must live, worldwide anti-Semitism, Palestinian terrorism. But the Peace Corps guy threw me a curve: "Your problem," he said, "is that you never met a Palestinian. You should go to Gaza."

My Teenage Daughter's In Israel, And I'm A Bundle Of Nerves

Deborah Gaines | Posted 09.10.2014 | Fifty
Deborah Gaines

My daughter is in Israel on Birthright this week, along with 3,500 other Jewish kids who thought it would be cool to get a free 10-day trip to a place where you can ride camels and swim in the Mediterranean Sea. They didn't plan to be the target of more than 400 Hamas-fired missiles, or to experience their first air raid sirens, or to run from the pool at their kibbutz hotel to a nearby bomb shelter as white contrails streaked the sky.

The 28 Lessons You Learn On Birthright

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 08.07.2014 | College

Who would’ve thought that sleeping in the desert, riding camels, and eating an unlimited supply of hummus would make for the perfect week-and-a-half...

Birthright: Did I Have Sex With You in Israel?

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 04.05.2014 | Comedy
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

Ari and Emma reminisce on just how bizarre a program Birthright is, and just how much sex they had while they were there.

4 Things to Do About Pew Survey Findings on #JewishAmerica

Jerry Silverman | Posted 12.24.2013 | Religion
Jerry Silverman

If we go by numbers alone, the non-Orthodox American Jewish community is facing an existential crisis. The study clearly demonstrates that we stand at an urgent crossroads for American Jewry, and presents us with a major opportunity.

Zionism Yesterday and Today

Anav Silverman | Posted 05.02.2012 | World
Anav Silverman

The return to the Jewish homeland has always been a dream that has inspired the Jewish people for thousands of years. It is a dream that many continue to seek to make a reality, and for those that it is a reality, like the young generation of Israel today, it must never be taken for granted.

Time to End Birthright Citizenship?

Howard Foster | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
Howard Foster

Some legal scholars believe Congress cannot make this change by statute because of the Wong Kim Ark decision. I disagree, because that case did not concern the child of an illegal immigrant.

There Are No Silver Bullets to Peace

The Morningside Post | Posted 11.29.2011 | World
The Morningside Post

So long as the Israelis and Palestinians of this city remain guilty of indifference and fail to seek understanding beyond their walls, Hebron's future, like its past, will remain mired in constant struggle.

Rebirthing Birthright

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 10.17.2011 | Home
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

In life we all search for a place called home, an identity, and a place to belong. No Jewish organization on earth provides it more inspirationally than Birthright. Still, it can be made better. Here is how.

The F Word: What Good Is the 14th Amendment?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The 14th amendment has done it again! No wonder right wing radicals want to repeal it.

Billionaire Philanthropist Michael Steinhardt Condemns Jewish Leadership

Steven I. Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steven I. Weiss

Click here to watch in High Definition (HD) Billionaire philanthropist Michael Steinhardt delivered a bold speech indicting Jewish leadership for n...