iOS app Android app

Zionism

J Street Flap Exposes Jewish Double Standard

Shai Franklin | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Shai Franklin

As the Jewish right and left wings rush to their respective corners, those of us in the relative center of the community have a right to feel excluded and frustrated by the Presidents' Conference decision.

What Does It Mean To Be 'Pro-Israel'?

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Who speaks for the American Jewish community? On most any topic, there is no single answer. But on Israel, the U.S. government has...

Why Reinhold Niebuhr Supported Israel

Gustav Niebuhr | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Gustav Niebuhr

We believe that Niebuhr's early support for a future Jewish homeland in Palestine, and his practical concerns about the difficulties the project entailed, must be recalled now, when a document fiercely critical of Israel is making its way around the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination.

The Future of Yesterday

Avraham Burg | Posted 06.10.2014 | Books
Avraham Burg

Shavit, as a gifted writer, both attentive and opinionated, takes the reader on a personal journey across the length and breadth of Zionist history.

Asking the Hard Questions About Israel

John Feffer | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

Amid all the disagreements, however, one thing is certain. Progress can only be made through talking. If a work of art encourages that kind of debate, it is part of the solution, not part of the problem. The Admission offers no easy answers. But no one should try to stop it from asking the hard questions.

My Religious Zionist Dream, My Religious Zionist Reality

Ari Hart | Posted 05.21.2014 | Religion
Ari Hart

I yearn for a day when the boundaries between religions, ethnicities and people fall away, when borders and armies are considered relics of a broken past, when humanity recognizes the unity of all things through God. But we are not there yet.

We Made It In America: Israel in the Jewish Day School

Gideon Resnick | Posted 05.17.2014 | Education
Gideon Resnick

My school, which is now called Rockwern Academy, by no means labels itself as an inherently Zionist institution. That isn't to say that Israel didn't pervade every nook and cranny and fall from each drop of grape juice.

Jewish Students Demand Hillel Relax Rules On Israel

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 02.28.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Hillel, the largest Jewish college campus organization in the world, provides students with kosher meals, religious services, a rabbi’s counse...

Presbyterian Zionism Study Guide Outrages Jews

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 02.14.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Major Jewish civil rights groups are denouncing a new publication distributed by the Presbyterian Church (USA) that rejects the existence of Isr...

Global Anti-Semitism and the Erosion of Shame

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Abraham H. Foxman

Anti-Semitism has characteristics like other forms of bigotry in terms of stereotyping, alienation from the other, and discrimination. But what makes it different, and which goes a long way to explain anomalous things about anti-Semitism is the core of the anti-Semitic idea.

American Jews, Change and Israel

Jonathan Russo | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Jonathan Russo

What is behind the growing rift between Israel and American Jews?

UNESCO and the Jews: Shame

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

UNESCO has long had on its schedule an exhibit titled "People, Book, Land: The 3,500-Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land." The content of the exhibit had been approved by archaeological experts and met all pertinent scientific criteria. But less than a week from its opening, the exhibit was suddenly put on hold.

Dreams of Zion

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Even after visiting Israel many times, I still forget how astonishing the establishment of Israel really is. Occasionally, however, a simple intrusion in my life can abruptly focus my amazement on that little state.

Swarthmore College and the Need for Jewish Unity

Aryeh Younger | Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion
Aryeh Younger

Freedom of speech, however, is an essential belief to most Americans, Jewish or not. The very thought of political censorship is enough to turn certain people away from Hillel -- and perhaps even from religion entirely.

Pew Study's Portrait of Jewish Americans Paints Troubling Landscape

Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D. | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D.

We live in a hyper-changing present, saturated with expanding choices that clamor for immediate attention. For how long will Jews continue to be passionate about social justice, morality and ethics without the reinforcement of ritual?

Peter Beinart and the Open Zion Venture

Talal Alyan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Talal Alyan

Now, Open Zion, the "New Conversation about Israel, Palestine, and the Jewish Future", has abruptly been concluded while still in utero without much of a conclusion.

Jewish College Kid on Bus Shows Me My Thinking on Israel Is Ridiculous

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 11.19.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

We started to talk, and after I told him I had been in Manhattan for the Jewish holiday, he said that he had been there for the same reason.

A Powerful MidEastern Voice

Mark Kass, PhD | Posted 10.12.2013 | Books
Mark Kass, PhD

The heroic life is what is portrayed here by Scott Anderson in his narrative of the Middle East circa the World War I era. It is a must read for historians and those with an interest in a good story within a well-developed narrative.

Jesus Will Rapture the Church Out of Absurdity

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

I think I'm starting to believe in the rapture again. Not the one where the church gets sucked up into midair right before the Beast starts barcoding everyone's faces, but one where we, the Body of Christ, are finally being lifted out of this morass of fundamentalist absurdity.

Maccabiah Games: Uniting Jewish Athletes Across the World

Anav Silverman | Posted 09.21.2013 | Sports
Anav Silverman

The Maccabi World Union is the largest and longest running Jewish sports organization spanning over five continents, with more than 60 countries, 450 clubs, and 400,000 members worldwide.

Reclaiming Zionism

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Can we embrace the numerous challenges Israel faces on behalf of the Global Jewish People, knowing that our disagreements are part of Zionism in-progress? Said simply, is it possible for Jews who disagree to see each other as partners in building our people's home?

Israel's Overplayed 'Anti-Semitism' Card

Shai Franklin | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion
Shai Franklin

If there can be no legitimate disagreement, even acrimony, there can be no dialogue and potential for mutual acceptance and genuine respect. Criticism can be unfair, disingenuous, inaccurate and even offensive, without being anti-Semitic.

As Disappointing as It May Be, Mahmoud Abbas Is Taken for Granted

Mia Appelbaum | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Mia Appelbaum

If Abbas and his party do not govern the West Bank, Hamas will fill the power vacuum. This should sound familiar, and no less haunting.

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.