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  • 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...

  • 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...
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  • History disproves myth that founding Zionists were naive

    By Judea Pearl

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    We are often told, mostly by anti-Israel propagandists, that the early Zionists' attitude toward the indigenous Arab population in Palestine was laden with ignorance, naivete, denial, contempt, abuse and outright oppression. Afif Safieh, the PLO representative to the United States,...
  • 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...

  • Post-Zionism in a diaspora world

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    What does it mean to be a Jew in a Post-Zionist world?

    For centuries, for Jews, the notion of living free in Zion was a dream. In Theodor Herzl's famous essay, "The Jewish State," the journalist and playwright transformed the dream of living in a Jewish state into a goal.

    "Next year...

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