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Birthright in a new light

by Cora Markowitz

July 16, 2014 | 3:08 pm

From left: At the Western Wall on Shabbat are Birthright participants Cora Markowitz and Hannah Buckland; Israeli soldier Adi Nadir, who accompanied the Birthright travelers; and Birthright participant Lily Harris. Photo courtesy of Cora Markowitz

Before my Birthright trip, when I pictured Israel, I saw myself riding camels, visiting the Western Wall, hiking Masada, floating on the Dead Sea. ... I never imagined rockets exploding in... read full article

  • The people of Israel live – Jerusalem, July 2014

    by Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    July 16, 2014 | 3:08 pm

    Montefiore’s windmill is the favorite wedding picture spot in Jerusalem. On any afternoon, bridal parties line up to take their photos before the landmark. Beautiful young women in glorious gowns are surrounded by giggling bridesmaids, as grooms wait nervously and parents beam with...

  • Sounds of war, overhead and on my Twitter feed

    By Simone Wilson

    July 16, 2014 | 2:01 pm

    When the first air-raid siren of summer 2014 screeched through Tel Aviv, my blood turned to ash. I was sitting in a coffee shop near my apartment, typing out a news piece on the disturbing increase in anti-Arab and anti-Jewish attacks throughout Israel, when the sound came —...

  • With leadership, threats might turn into opportunities in Israel

    By Uri Dromi

    July 9, 2014 | 10:56 am

    The recent cycle of violence in Israel, after a period of relative calm, raises concerns that perhaps we are on the threshold of another intifada, or another Operation Pillar of Defense (a full-scale operation in Gaza), or both. News from Israel on all television channels seems to...

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  • Arianna Huffington’s ‘Thrive’: Tips, tricks and the Torah

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    June 25, 2014 | 10:48 am

    Is there a Torah of self-actualization? 

    American tradition, following Ralph Waldo Emerson, puts the individual at the pivot of the world: “When I look at the rainbow I find myself the center of its arch. But so are you; and so is the man that sees it a mile from both of us. So...

  • Lihi Shaar, kidnapped teen’s aunt, describes her nephew

    By Jared Sichel

    June 18, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    When Lihi Shaar awoke on June 13 to the news that three Israeli students had been kidnapped the night before near the town of Alon Shvut, she had a sinking feeling — her nephew, Gilad Shaar, was studying at Yeshivat Mekor Chaim, a high school in Alon Shvut.

    She also knew that...

  • As rescue is planned, security ramps up

    By Jared Sichel

    June 18, 2014 | 11:10 am

    Shortly after the June 12 kidnapping of three Israeli teens  — Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frenkel — Palestinian security forces found a torched Hyundai i35 with Israeli license plates near Hebron, just a few miles south of the Highway 60 junction where the teens were...

  • The kidnapping dilemma: How to respond beyond the search

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 18, 2014 | 10:57 am

    On Oct. 10, 1994, not long after midnight, an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) office got a call from the brother of a soldier, Nachshon Wachsman: The soldier was supposed to come home but never made it. The brother was somewhat concerned. Six hours later, the mother also called....

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