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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

They Are All Holy — Every Single One of Them

May 4, 2014, by

Immediately after Pesach, up until Yom Ha’atzma’ut, it is heartwarming to witnesses the unfurling of the Israeli flag in front of government buildings, businesses as well as private homes, while on many street corners young people can be seen selling flags to be affixed on to car windows. How very disconcerting it is to hear

Dear Israel: I Love You, But I’m Losing You

February 7, 2014, by

Dear Israel, I love you.  With all my heart.  And yet, I am afraid we’re growing apart. I love you because you are the home of my parents.  They were born there.  My mother’s mother’s side was with you for generations.  You saved my mother’s father from the Holocaust.  You brought in my father’s Iranian

Interview with Avi Berman

January 14, 2014, by

Listen to Rabbi Avi Berman, director of the OU Israel Center, discuss Aliyah and Anglo life in Israel. Read more about this topic in the upcoming Spring issue of Jewish Action!