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
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
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
This article originally appeared on rabbisblog.brsonline.org. When I studied in Yeshiva University there was a young man named Yossi z”l who suffered from a degenerative disease that left him in a wheelchair, immobile and unable to speak. All Yossi could do was move his finger and that is how he communicated. He had a board
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
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. 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
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!
Hillel Scheinfeld and his wife were confronted with a difficult decision: should they take advantage of an unexpected opportunity to make Aliyah, or not?
My wife and I have developed a profound love of pajamas. It is deep and unconditional. We are also quite fond of each other. The alignment of these two factors translates into a strong preference for “nights in” (rather than out on the town) complete with movies and popcorn on our comfy couch. (At present,