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What I saw in Israel during war

What I saw in Israel during war

THERE are many good reasons for a Jew to spend time in the Land of Israel, some of them religiously oriented, some social, others historical. There is an entirely independent reason, however, what I would call being together with Am Yisrael, living in sync with the nation of Israel.

While I had experienced this element of Israel in previous stints there, this summer it acquired a whole new meaning. Allow me to share some of these moments in which I experienced Am Yisrael.

Landing in Israel only to begin hearing rumors a mere 36 hours later of a potential kidnapping right near my accommodations, that is to begin living with Am Yisrael. On the way back from the funeral of my teacher’s father, to hear with certainty that yes, in fact, there had been a kidnapping and no, the report of a successful rescue was not true, that is to be with Am Yisrael.

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 August 2014 05:01 )

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In Boston, Riverway reaches ‘high priority’ Jewish millennial generation

In Boston, Riverway reaches ‘high priority’ Jewish millennial generationBOSTON — One recent Tuesday evening, a group of about two dozen Jews in their 20s and 30s huddled around wooden tables poring over the text for the week’s Torah portion. A rabbi prodded them with questions about the petition that Zelophehad’s daughters submitted to Moses to inherit their father’s estate. Why do they petition at this juncture? Why does Moses refer the question to G-d? Members of the group raised hands, offered theories, debated. The learning session took place not in a...
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War doesn’t deter new immigrants to Israel

War doesn’t deter new immigrants to IsraelSOME images and experiences in life become indelible. For me, one of those moments was six years ago when I traveled along with the chartered Nefesh B’Nefesh aliyah flight, bringing new immigrants to Israel from the US. Among the hundreds of new immigrants in flight, choosing to make their lives in their homeland of Israel, was a man carrying a Torah scroll. He held it protectively against his chest, with the intimacy and closeness of cradling a sleeping child. This Torah was 300 years old. ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 August 2014 11:21 )

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Still small, and iconic, early Somerville chavurah reshaped American liberal Judaism

Still small, and iconic, early Somerville chavurah reshaped American liberal JudaismSOMERVILLE, Mass. — To certain first-time visitors to Havurat Shalom, the congregation’s prayer room may look remarkably familiar. From the macrame Jewish star adorning the ark and the Middle Eastern-style lamp serving as a ner tamid to the pillows on a bare floor and the sparely decorated walls, the room looks exactly as it does in a photograph from The Jewish Catalog, the do-it-yourself Judaism guidebook published in 1973 that brought the then five-year-old Havurat Shalom a measure of fam...
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Pro-Israel Muslims seek peaceful alternative to radical Islam

Pro-Israel Muslims seek peaceful alternative to radical IslamJEWS around the world were inspired last month when Arab-Israeli teenager Mohammad Zoabi cloaked himself in an Israeli flag and spoke into a bedroom video camera, “I am an Israeli and will remain an Israeli. Israel will remain a Jewish and a democratic country.” What few realized is that within days after the video went viral, Israeli police arrested three men in his own family for plotting to cause him harm in retaliation for the piece. His cousin, Arab Knesset member Hanin Zoabi, called h...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:52 )

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