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God Does Not Work For Us

July 2, 2014, by

This post originally appeared on timesofisrael.com For the past three weeks, the People of Israel – both in the Land of Israel and in the diaspora – have swung violently from despair to hope and ultimately to mourning We despaired at the report that three of our sons, three teenage boys, were missing. Reports that

Eyal, Gilad, Naftali—The Daf on Crisis Response

July 2, 2014, by

Together with the entire Jewish people and all people of decency and good will, we were shocked and horrified to learn of the vicious murders of the three boys on whose behalf we had been praying so fervently, Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel. There are no words of comfort that can be said

#EyalGiladNaftali – Rabbi Weinreb Webcast

July 1, 2014, by

AUDIO ONLY VERSION – Right Click and Save As to Download. #EyalGiladNaftali — Rabbi Weinreb webcast Jewish communities around the world stand united in grief in the face of the senseless murders of Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel. After the unprecedented unity of 18 days of shared grief, fear and hope, Klal Yisrael

What Do I Tell My Children?

June 30, 2014, by

This post originally appeared on finkorswim.com. The devastating news reverberates throughout the Jewish world. Our worst fears have been confirmed. We won’t be able to #bringbackourboys. It’s over. And for now, we mourn. But many of us are struggling to unravel the Gordian Knot of emotions, religious meaning, spiritual devotion, time, effort, energy we’ve put

Statement from Israeli PM Netanyahu

June 30, 2014, by

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks this evening at the start of the Security Cabinet meeting: “With heavy grief, this evening we found three bodies. All signs indicate that they are the bodies of our three abducted youths – Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel. They were abducted and murdered in cold

Reuven Rivlin Elected as Israel’s 10th President

June 11, 2014, by

Likud candidate Reuven Rivlin emerged victorious Tuesday from Israel’s presidential elections at the Knesset, winning the post by a 63 to 53 margin after two rounds of voting. Rivlin beat out Hatnua candidate Meir Sheetrit, a veteran MK from the center of the political spectrum. He will take over the office of the president after

Paralyzing Narratives: Why Peace Keeps Failing

May 13, 2014, by

This article originally appeared in The Jewish Journal. We’re so used to seeing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process fail that we often overlook this simple question: How is it possible that so many can try so hard for so long and still fail to make any progress? How can it be that the United States, the

Nahal Haredi Comes of Age

May 6, 2014, by

This article was featured in Jewish Action Summer 2010 As our Jeep bounces violently through a valley somewhere in the Jordan Valley, we spot a group of about fifteen khaki-clad soldiers on a nearby hill. The soldiers have been stationed on the hill for the last five days while conducting various training exercises. We arrive

OneFamily Commemorates Yom Hazikaron

May 5, 2014, by

Last night hundreds of people—children, bereaved family members, and friends gathered outside the OneFamily building in Jerusalem for a unique and emotional Yom Hazikaron ceremony. The ceremony was initiated nine years ago by a group of bereaved children after feeling uncomfortable attending their local public community ceremonies. They asked OneFamily to create a ceremony for