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Life

Empty Cemeteries and Jewish Sovereignty

April 29, 2020, by

I just returned from the Gush Etzion cemetery having attended a very unusual Yom Hazikaron ceremony. It was a discouraging but also a triumphant experience. Let me explain. My family often refers to me as a crybaby¬-and they are right. When I witness an emotionally poignant situation, I find it difficult to suppress my tears.

World Zionist Congress 2020 Election Results

March 26, 2020, by

The election results have finally arrived! We are excited to let you know that the Orthodox Israel Coalition have emerged as the leading Orthodox slate, with 21,698 votes and second out fifteen slates overall. We would like to just take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your support throughout this

OU Israel Helps Organize Mass Prayer at the Kotel for Coronavirus Victims

February 20, 2020, by

Hundreds gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Sunday to pray for those affected by the coronavirus outbreak and to halt the epidemic. Worshipers recited prayers and Psalms, sang and even danced in a circle, asking God to help in the finding of a cure for the disease, in a ceremony promoted by Chief

Who Will Give the Orthodox Jewish Community a Voice?

January 29, 2020, by

The elections for the American delegation to the World Zionist Congress are underway, and unlike a normal election, voters have over a month to make their choice. One of the major delegations from the 2015 election was the Orthodox slate, under the name of Vote Torah. They have emerged in the 2020 election as the

Israel: The Week That Was

November 13, 2019, by

On Tuesday morning I woke up and got ready for work as usual. I kissed my kids goodbye for the day and left my house around 7:00 AM. Only on the way to work did I hear on the news that half of my country did not have a typical morning. Tens of thousands of

OU Israel at 40

September 26, 2019, by

Just as in the past, Jews will flock to their synagogues throughout Israel this High Holiday season, but the difference will be that this year they will be joined by the largest contingent of North American Jews – olim, students, tourists – than ever before. Israel has become the place where older Americans retire, younger families elect

Selichot, Teshuva and Elections in Israel

September 19, 2019, by

As Selichot commence this Saturday night (for Ashkenazim), the buildup to the Great Days begins in earnest. These are days of judgement, of pronounced Divine Presence but also days of identity-crafting. During this period, we fashion the person we would “like to be” from the shards of the person we “have become.” Teshuva and penitence

Tiny First Temple Seal Impression Found with Name of Bible-era Royal Steward

September 11, 2019, by

A minuscule 7th century BCE clay sealing reading “Belonging to Adoniyahu, the Royal Steward,” was recently discovered in the City of David’s sifting project. In earth excavated from the foundations of the Western Wall under Robinson’s Arch in 2013, a national service volunteer some three weeks ago unearthed the one-centimeter inscribed letter sealer bearing the