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  • Jewish Army chaplain in Afghanistan juggles outreach to local Muslims, interfaith counseling, and th

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 12, 2007 | 7:54 pm

    Excellent profile of Army chaplain Rabbi Shmuel Felzenberg from the Christian Science Monitor:

    Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan - When the bus doors open, 20 soldiers clamber out, laughing, reaching for their cameras like college kids on spring break. Yet they haven’t traveled far. Part...

  • Israel’s military women fight to get real story on big screen

    By Curt Schleier

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As Vidi Bilu recalls it, she and Dalia Hager were working on a series they were hoping to sell to Israeli television, when their conversation turned to their experiences in the military. Even in the Holy Land, it is not typical for women "to talk about their memories of the army,"...
  • Lebanon War: Mission Accomplished

    By Dan Gordon

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Contrary to what is now the accepted wisdom in the media, Hezbollah, in its recent offensive against Israel, neither badly bloodied the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) nor fought it to a standstill.

    In fact, the opposite is the case.

    By any legitimate measure, the IDF handed a...

  • Our Uri

    By David Grossman

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Hours before the cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah went into effect, Israel Defense Forces tank commander Uri Grossman, the son of acclaimed Israeli novelist David Grossman, was killed by an Hezbollah anti-tank missile. This is an excerpt of the eulogy David Grossman delivered...
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  • Will They Ever Understand an Israeli’s Mind-Set?

    By Shira Kaplan

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I am lying in my Tel Aviv bed long after midnight, soaking my pillow with tears.

    My cries are echoing in the house. My folks are fast asleep. The war with Lebanon has finally hit me.

    In my mind, I see my father crying the evening before, watching the Channel 2 news report. The...

  • Drive Sends Love, ‘Gratitude’ to Troops

    By Laura Birnbaum

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As Carolyn Blashek knows only too well, good things come in small packages. The founder and motivating force behind Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to American troops overseas, Blashek serves as an inspiring testimony to one woman's dedication...

  • What a Difference a ‘Gap Year’ Makes

    By Jane Ulman

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    After high school graduation last year, as his friends went off to college, Ari Feinstein headed to Israel. He taught English to 10-year-olds in Upper Nazareth, worked on a camel farm near Dimona, studied in Jerusalem and participated in simulated basic training on an Israeli army...

  • Rabbi Ending Long Hitch in Military

    By Avigail Schwartz

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Losing Rabbi David Lapp to retirement is "like losing someone on the battlefield, someone who suffered the mud and the pain and the loneliness with you," said Maj. Rabbi Carlos Huerta, the Jewish community chaplain at the U.S. Military Academy.

    Lapp is retiring as head of the Jewish...

  • War Hero’s Medal Wait Finally Ends

    By Tom Tugend

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Next Friday, as Tibor Rubin enters the White House, generals will stand at rigid attention. The president of the United States also will rise and then drape the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for gallantry in combat, around the neck of the 76-year-old Holocaust survivor...

  • A Student Oasis on the Rise

    By Amy Klein

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Entering university can be a tough transition, especially for Israelis, who have probably spent the previous decade of their lives prepping for the army, serving in the army and recovering from the army.

    "Once you get out of the army, everything you used to study, to stand for, is...

  • Turmoil Grows as Withdrawal Nears

    By Leslie Susser

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    With Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip scheduled to begin on Aug. 15, escalating right-wing and settler protests threaten to plunge the country into anarchy and could provoke a strong anti-settler backlash.

    Protesters last week blocked major highways, poured oil and scattered...

  • Little-Known Givers Have Big Hearts

    By Tom Tugend

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Robert Rosenthal, a self-described "typical Jewish boy from Manhattan," sometime bull rider and country music addict, has morphed into the godfather of entertainment at military bases across the United States.

    He is among the many Angeleno volunteers and philanthropists, often...

  • Front-Line Valor

    By Abraham Rabinovich

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As a journalist in the Yom Kippur War, I came upon a Patton tank company refueling behind the Israeli lines in Sinai during the last

    week of fighting. Nearby, an artillery battery was firing in support of forces beginning to cross the Suez Canal through the hole in the Egyptian lines...

  • Divide Surfaces on Handling Security

    By Leslie Susser

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's not every day that an Israeli army chief of staff calls in top journalists to express deep misgivings about government policy.

    So when Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon initiated a late October briefing to warn that the government's handling of Palestinian terrorism could provoke more...

  • Aliyah Perspectives

    By Amy Klein

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    From Los Angeles, Israel is 20 hours away by plane and 10 hours ahead on the clock; it's also a world apart. But in the past 55 years of the State of Israel's independence, thousands of Jews have made aliyah from L.A., generally forfeiting a more comfortable lifestyle to follow their...

  • IDF Could Target Gaza Next

    By Naomi Segal

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A new Israeli military operation has many wondering if the army now has the Gaza Strip in its sights.

    For months, Israeli forces have been engaged in a massive anti-terror operation in the West Bank, but have not carried out such operations in Gaza. Several reasons were given,...

  • Gaza/Bethlehem First—and Last?

    By Naomi Segal

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Reports of the death of a gradual Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire plan may be premature.

    A lot of evidence surfaced this week that the initial skepticism that greeted the "Gaza/Bethlehem First" plan was justified. But there were also facts to buttress the optimistic view that the...

  • The Basketball Diaries

    By Carin Davis

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Two standout Jewish hoop stars headlining the Pac-10 basketball tournament? It's all part of March Madness. David Bluthenthal, USC's 22-year-old small forward, and Amit Tamir, UC Berkeley's 22-year-old forward/center, each look to lead their team to the conference title at the March...

  • High Morale

    By Avi Machlis

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As Israeli-Palestinian violence hits the six-month mark, Israeli military officials report that soldiers remain motivated to serve in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

    Senior military officials report that reservists, who account for 70 percent of the army's 639,150 troops, are reporting...

  • One on One With James Hahn

    By Sheldon Teitelbaum

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Aping the famous Army recruitment commercials, the mayoral candidates have all urged Los Angeles to "be all you can be." But City Attorney James Hahn, ostensibly the one shoo-in for the run-off election in June, has come up with a novel approach to realizing his own mayoral...

  • Tom Friedman’s New World Order

    By Rob Eshman

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It was 1984. A tough, tight-lipped Israeli army colonel was leading a small group of journalists on a tour of southern Lebanon, where Israel was in the midst of a war. The journalists wore army-issue flak jackets. They listened and took notes, as if taking dictation. One...
  • Leaving Lebanon

    By Eric Silver

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Israel signed the Oslo peace agreement with itsold enemy, Yasser Arafat, because by 1993 the alternatives had becomeinsufferable. The Palestinian intifada, a revolt of thestreet, was sapping the morale of the Israeli army, fighting a futilesix-year battle with one hand tied behind...

  • Talk to the Soldiers

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    From left: Tsahi Levi and Inbal Adar
    It's a long way from an Israeli combat platoon to Newport Beach,but Inbal Adar and Tsahi Levi are trying to bridge the geographicaland cultural gap.

    Both Adar, 20 years old, blond and in a miniskirt, and Levi, 22,ruggedly handsome and in jeans, are...

  • The Good Lieutenant

    By Tom Tugend

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "When I started this work two years ago, I was like a young child," says Cheli. "Now, many times I feel like an old woman."

    Cheli is a lieutenant in the Israeli army's Nachal Brigade, and when one of the young soldiers in her unit is killed, she goes to his parents, tells them how...

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