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  • Turning 60 with Israel—just Fed-Ex those Dead Sea anti-aging creams

    By Jane Ulman

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Israel, girlfriend, what is your problem? Why all this hoopla and hype? Does the whole world have to know that you and I -- hey, break out the Botox -- are turning 60?

    Born in May 1948, separated by only 13 days and some 6,000 miles, we're Jewish soul sisters, linked by lineage,...

  • Roots, reality and Israel’s 60th

    By Jacob Dayan

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    It is a proud and glorious week as Israel, her 7.2 million citizens and millions of friends around the world celebrate the 60th anniversary of Israel's birth as a modern, democratic nation.

    This week, world leaders will join us in joyful ceremonies; flags will fly, anthems will play...

  • Rabbis work to build ties of U.S. Jews to Israel

    By Amy Klein Religion Editor

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Twelve years ago, newly arrived at the Reconstructionist Malibu Jewish Center, Rabbi Judith Halevy gave a sermon about her long-term commitment to Israel, about how much she cares about the Jewish state.

    "The only thing I really worry about is that you won't care," she told her new...

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  • A 15-year plan for Israel

    By Gidi Grinstein

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    At its 60th anniversary, Israel needs a new vision that not only will guide its priorities and inform its actions, but also will be relevant to the lives of all Israelis.

    This is why the ISRAEL 15 Vision, a Reut Institute plan that calls for Israel to become one of the 15 most...

  • Paradoxes characterize life in Israel

    By Yossi Klein Halevi

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    To be an Israeli at the time of the state's 60th anniversary means to be resigned to living with insoluble emotional and political paradoxes. It means living with a growing fear of mortality, even as we celebrate our ability to outlive every threat. We are almost certainly the only...
  • Through the looking glass with Friends of Sabeel

    By Tom Tugend

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Covering a meeting of Friends of Sabeel is a strange experience. "Strange" as in walking through the looking glass and encountering a reverse universe on the other side.

    While we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Israel's independence, they are mourning six decades of the nakba, the...

  • Israel: A work in progress

    By Glenn Yago

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    From the birth of the Zionist movement more than a century ago through its 60 years as a Jewish state, Israel has come of age amid a vastly changing world: two world wars, the technological revolution and economic globalization with all its attendant challenges.

    The creation of...

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