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  • Are Jews losing their story?

    By David Suissa

    3 days ago

    As we look back on the triumphs and failures of the past year, let’s reflect on one of the perennial shortfalls of the Jewish world — how we consistently overlook the importance of teaching the extraordinary story of the Jewish people. 

    When I say “the story of the Jewish...

  • Save the Ministry of Foreign Affairs!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 26, 2014 | 10:06 am

    Last week, Tel Aviv University took political science students - including me - on a field trip to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, in order for us to examine the various possible career paths there. Since high school, it has been very clear to me that my future would...

  • Seeking a Jewish ‘Reality’ for the YouTube generation

    By Simone Wilson

    January 3, 2014 | 3:27 pm

    While the suits of the Jewish-American foundation circuit were banging their heads on their office desks, grappling for ways to engage an increasingly secular, drifting Diaspora youth, 28-year-old Jessie Kahnweiler, a loud Atlanta native with a Shirley Temple “Jewfro,” walked onto...

  • Financial planning for a move to Israel

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    November 21, 2013 | 2:44 pm

    What I know about Israel comes from a variety of sources, including the news and commentary in this newspaper, countless books, my own experiences as a traveler to Israel, and the Facebook postings of my friends who live there. But the information and insights in “A Financial Guide...

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  • On Israeli religious reforms, Naftali Bennett still figuring out road map

    November 19, 2013 | 9:54 am

    Naftali Bennett doesn’t like to waste time.

    In the eight months since he took over three Israeli ministries — religious services, economy, and Diaspora and Jerusalem affairs — Bennett has pushed through legislation to give Israeli couples more freedom in choosing which rabbi...

  • List of acceptable Diaspora rabbis does not exist, Chief Rabbinate says

    November 11, 2013 | 10:18 am

    Israel’s Chief Rabbinate said it does not have a list of Diaspora rabbis whose testimony it accepts on clarifying one’s Jewish or marital status.

    Responding to a request made in September by the Tzohar rabbinical organization to see such a list, a spokesman for the Chief...

  • Temple Mount closed to Jewish visitors

    September 24, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Jerusalem Police closed the Temple Mount to Jewish visitors based on intelligence that Palestinians planned to cause disturbances there.

    Tuesday’s closure, during the festival of Sukkot when tens of thousands of Israeli and Diaspora Jews visit Jerusalem, came after police...

  • Stone-walling

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 22, 2013 | 11:50 am

    In the last two years, the Western Wall in Jerusalem — also known as the Kotel — has become a place of controversy as much as of worship. It’s the site of a battle that has long been waged by a group called Women of the Wall, who are demanding they be able to pray in the women’s...

  • Israel Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs has officially closed its gates

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 7, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    This week, the Israel Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs officially closed. With almost no media recognition, it has become a division in the Prime Minister's office. From a ministry to a division, just like that.

    I find this move unacceptable. Did someone think we...

  • Bat Mitzvah at the Kotel: Is it possible?

    April 17, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    Every week, dozens of bar mitzvah boys from Israel and the Diaspora celebrate their rite of passage at the Kotel, also known as the Western Wall, which, after the Temple Mount, is Judaism’s holiest site.   

    Many Diaspora families, especially from the more liberal streams of...

  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Historical experiences and perception

    February 13, 2013 | 1:44 pm

    Brief synopsis: The most puzzling aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may be that after 65 years of violence, enmity and suffering, it remains unresolved when coexistence is inevitable and a two-state solution remains the only viable option. Although there are many...

  • A voice that was freed – and now is silence

    By Michael Berenbaum

    February 13, 2013 | 9:54 am

    Rabbi David Hartman has gone to his eternal rest, but not before he made a monumental contribution to Jewish life and a significant contribution to Jewish thought.

    Best known for his pioneering work as founder of  the Shalom Hartman Institute, which is a innovative and original...

  • Jewish Travel writer extraordinaire Ben Frank featured on HuffPost

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    February 13, 2013 | 5:10 am

    Ben G. Frank is one of the most prolific -- and well-traveled -- writers about Jewish sights, sites, communities, attractions and travels worldwide.

    Huffington Post runs a lengthy interview/conversation with him, conducted by Bernard Starr, sparked Frank's most recent book, The...

  • Taglit-Birthright Israel roundup

    February 6, 2013 | 12:24 pm

    Since its inaugural trip in the winter of 2000, more than 340,000 participants ages 18-26 have traveled to Israel for the first time through Taglit-Birthright Israel. The 10-day excursions have attracted people from 62 countries, bringing together Jews from virtually every cultural...

  • Why isn’t L.A. up to haute kosher?

    January 30, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    During lunch at the Golden State restaurant on Fairfax, in between making sure my kids’ locavore-friendly food stays on plates and haranguing them to eat a few Persian cucumber slices, my eyes often linger on the hulking building across the street. In just a couple of seconds I’m...

  • Gifted diaspora teens

    November 8, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    Growing up in Los Angeles, Asaf Shasha, then 16, had everything a teenager could want: a loving family, good friends and a comfortable home. 

    Still, Shasha couldn’t shake the feeling that there was more to life than the fancy gadgets prized by the kids at his Jewish day school....

  • Conference sessions suggest new fundraising model, praise Israel-Diaspora cooperation

    October 30, 2012 | 2:02 pm

    Delegates to the Jewish People Policy Institute conference proposed a new model for Jewish communal fundraising and stressed the importance of cooperation between Israel and Diaspora Jewish communities.

    At a conference session on how the global Jewish community spends its funds,...

  • August 27, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 27, 2012 | 12:19 am

    In-depth

    Azerbaijan and Iran: Mutual Hostility but Limited Rivalry

    Tensions between Baku and Tehran could adversely impact on Israel’s relationship with Azerbaijan, write Gallia Lindenstrauss and Iftah Celniker for the Institute for National Security Studies.

    The increased...

  • Where’s the tough love for Obama?

    By David Suissa

    August 22, 2012 | 11:39 am

    When it comes to criticizing Israel, liberal supporters of Israel routinely quote the Jewish value of self-criticism. Try telling a pro-Israel critic the following:

    “Israel is already being criticized beyond all proportion by much of the world community; it is being demonized and...

  • Jews and guns

    By Dennis Prager

    August 8, 2012 | 11:33 am

    It is a given among liberal and progressive Jews that gun ownership among the general population is a bad thing. The ideal is near-universal disarmament with only a handful of individual exceptions and, of course, the police.

    The majority of Americans have the opposite view. They...

  • August 7, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 7, 2012 | 2:29 am

    In-depth

    In Egypt, Anti-Semitism Is Back in Fashion

    In a piece for Bloomberg, Jeffery Goldberg warns that culturally acceptable anti-Semitism illustrates how far Egypt still has to come, 

    Anti-Semitism, the socialism of fools, is becoming the opiate of the Egyptian masses. And...

  • Palestinian Diaspora discover their roots

    July 17, 2012 | 4:20 pm

    The participants gather outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s old city for a group photo. They look like any group of college students visiting Jerusalem on a summer trip.

    The photographer counts to three. “Free Palestine!” they yell in unison, and laugh.

    The 41...

  • What do Israelis want from Diaspora Jews? EVERYTHING

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 20, 2012 | 12:23 am

    It’s a week of conferences for me; the first, on US-Israel relations, is behind me, the ‎second, Tomorrow - The Israeli Presidential Conference, started Tuesday. I’ll be ‎moderating a panel there on Thursday called “What does World Jewry Expect from ‎Israel?” that is promising...

  • Israel’s approach takes a 180 degrees turnaround

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 5, 2012 | 1:04 pm

    Even though Israel intended no offense with the latest Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs campaign, many American Jews were offended by the controversial television ad. The ad, meant to attract Israeli emigrants back home, showed several unfortunate emotional outcomes...

  • Documentary traces changes in kibbutz life

    By Tom Tugend

    May 23, 2012 | 11:04 am

    Back in the 1930s and ’40s, when Diaspora Jews desperately needed a symbol of Jewish strength and pride, the brawny, sunburned kibbutznik became the poster image for the new Jew emerging in Palestine.

    Two generations further on, the straightforward picture has become blurred. The...

  • Lemon Verbena

    By Rob Eshman

    April 25, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    When I was in my mid-20s, I fought a long, messy and entirely internal struggle over whether to move to Israel.

    Many young Jews living in the Diaspora — more than you think — face this choice. We spend some time there, either as part of an organized program, or, as I did, on our...

  • March 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 22, 2012 | 6:04 am

    Six Big Lies about How Jerusalem Runs Washington

    Writing in Foreign Policy, Aaron David Miller shoots down six common accusations leveled in the US when it comes to the topic of Israel.

    Election years seem to bring out the worst—not only in politicians, but in advocates, analysts,...

  • Taking a stand. Together.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 8, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    The Israeli Apartheid week is now at its peak. I write this sentence, and something about these words being put together simply doesn’t fit.

    “Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual series of university lectures and rallies held in February or March.” According to the organization...

  • ‘Research shows no link between political views and emotional ties to Israel’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 24, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Theodore Sasson of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University discusses his study on the attachment of American Jews to Israel.

    I will start with the most complicated question: what is distancing? What exactly are we measuring when we ask young Jews questions...

  • Israeli parody of Taglit-Birthright Trips [VIDEO]

    February 1, 2012 | 5:50 pm

    This season of “Eretz Nehederet,” Israel’s version of “Saturday Night Live,” features a running parody of a Birthright trip to Israel that mocks American Jews for their enthusiasm and naivite (and obesity and JAPpiness, of course) and Israelis for their gold-digging and trigger fingers. Chuckle along:

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