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Reflections on Yom Ha’atzmaut as a New Immigrant

April 30, 2009, by

I’ve just celebrated my 4th Yom ha-Atzmaut since making aliyah in 2005. What’s life like for a middle-aged, middle class guy from Toronto, Canada adjusting to quotidian Jerusalem, you may wonder. Good, mostly, I suppose. That first year, trying to immerse ourselves in our new-old country, my wife Randi and I went to a series

Yom Haatzmaut Dayeinu

April 23, 2009, by

Just Glad to Be Living in Israel Living most of my life in the United States, I knew Israel’s independence was not something to take for granted, and indeed to be celebrated at every opportunity. Nevertheless, with the pace of life there not focused on Israeli holidays, the ability to celebrate and commemorate Israel’s independence

What’s For Dinner? Or Lunch. In Israel – An Interview With Janna Gur

April 23, 2009, by

Janna Gur is the founder and editor of Al Hashulchan (literally, “On the Table”), a leading Israeli food and wine magazine, and author of “The Book of New Israeli Food: A Culinary Journey” (Schocken Books), at once a cookbook, a beautifully photographed coffee table book and a fascinating culinary history lesson on the diverse cuisine

Yom Ha’atzmaut: Blue & White (Cookies) Are My Colors

April 23, 2009, by

“…כחול ולבן הצבע שלי” Blue and white are my colors (and what’s black & white anyway?!), and I’m just seeing one star. So how about some Hummus, eggplant dip, pita crackers and blue & white cookies for a Yom Ha’atzmaut treat. Tamar Ansh is an author, freelance recipe developer, and food columnist. Her articles have

Yom Ha’atzmaut: The Flavors of Freedom

April 22, 2009, by

I wonder what there is about celebrating a national independence day that makes us all want to cook outside! In Israel, grilled and barbecued meats and poultry are as popular for Yom Ha’atzmaut as they are for American Fourth of July menus. It must be that the pleasure of cooking outdoors, enjoying the warmth of

Yom Ha’atzmaut: A Gastronomic Celebration

April 21, 2009, by

Jews in America, and the world over, celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut (this year on Wednesday, April 29, 2009), which marks Israel’s birth as an independent, free nation. This year Israel will be 61 years old! With the creation of the State of Israel we finally have a place we can call home, a bulwark that stands

20 Things I Love About Israel

September 25, 2007, by

1. Being able to speak to G-d on a local call. There is simply no place in the world, with the palpable sanctity of the Kotel, Home of G-d. 2. The fact that Israel, like G-d, gives the Right of Return to all Jews regardless of background, denomination, race, ethnicity, or economic strata. 3. The

From Ruin to Renewal

June 26, 2006, by

Sefirat HaOmer and the Four Days of Remembrance The period of time beginning the second night of Pesach and climaxing forty-nine full days later with the Festival of Shavuot can be called a time of “Ruin and Renewal” for the Jewish People. The period includes the following six elements, one encompassing the entire forty-nine day

The Rav’s Zt”l Philosophy on Religious Zionism

The Rav’s Zt’l Philosophy on Religious Zionism – presented by Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff, rosh yeshiva and professor of Rabbinic Literature at Yeshiva University’s Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Institute in Jerusalem. This shiur was recorded on May 13, 1997 at The Gruss Institute and is part of the OU’s Torah Dimensions series focusing on Jerusalem.