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Israel Independence Day

A Very Welcoming Independence Day

Rick Steves | Posted 07.09.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

The second Jewish Diaspora began in A.D. 70. That's when the Roman Empire defeated the Jewish rebels at Masada, then destroyed the main Jewish temple ...

Senate Resolution: U.S. To Aid Israel In Case Of Defensive Strike Against Iran

The Media Line | Linda Gradstein | Posted 04.17.2013 | World

As Israel celebrated its 65th Independence Day, Israeli officials ratcheted up the rhetoric directed against Iran, warning that Israel has the ability...

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 Celebrates 65 Years Of Independence

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 06.16.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — Israelis celebrated 65 years of independence on Tuesday, with over a million people pouring into national parks despite unusually bl...

As Israelis Mourn, Jordanians Glorify

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Alan Dershowitz

How long this situation will last is anyone's guess. But the possibility that before long Israel may have a neighbor to the east who is not as peaceful as the current Jordanian government, must be seriously considered.

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.

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's Founding Pledge

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 06.26.2012 | World
Nancy K. Kaufman

As Israel celebrates its 64th birthday, many pro-Israel women cannot help but wonder what its founders would say about the uproar over the increasing examples of gender segregation on buses and in certain public spaces.

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.

Israel at 64: Farewell to Hysteria -- Welcome to Pragmatism

Carlo Strenger | Posted 06.25.2012 | World
Carlo Strenger

First of all Mazaltov to us all: Israel is celebrating its 64th independence day. The festivities will make us forget for a day that, at 64, Israel's internal discourse is haunted by profound insecurities.

Israel-Palestinian Violence Erupts On Three Borders

Posted 07.16.2011 | World

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli troops shot Palestinian protesters who surged toward its frontiers with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday, killing...

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.

The Maddening Israel I Love and Admire

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Don't get me wrong: my love for Israel is a mature love, one that freely acknowledges the many failings and shortcomings in the object of my affection.

The Irish-Jewish Parallels

Rory Fitzgerald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rory Fitzgerald

At first glance, the Irish and Jewish peoples seem radically different. But scratch the surface and they begin to look like twins separated at birth.

Israel Marks Independence After Somber Memorial Day

AP | MARK LAVIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — In a jarring contrast, Israel switched moods Tuesday evening from a somber Memorial Day for fallen soldiers to a joyous Independence...