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  • 9 iconic sites that celebrate American Jewish history

    July 1, 2016 | 1:19 pm

    Monday is Independence Day in the U.S. That means it’s time for many Americans to take a day off, watch some fireworks and grill large amounts of meat to enjoy with friends and family.

    Of course, the 4th of July — which commemorates the adoption by the Continental Congress of the...

  • Calendar: July 1-7, 2016

    By Amanda Epstein

    June 29, 2016 | 9:37 am

    FRI | JULY 1


    World War II is over and Mathilde is treating the last of the French survivors at the German camps in Warsaw. One night, a panicked nun comes in begging Mathilde to follow her back to the convent. What she finds there is shocking — a sister about to...

  • 68 Years Old, and Still Fighting for Its Existence -This is Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 18, 2016 | 8:33 am

    68 years old, still fighting for its existence, and not apologizing for it. This is Israel.

    In the past 68 years, in 7 wars, tens of operations and hundreds terror attacks, 23,447 Israelis lost their lives. Some were soldiers who died in combat, others were civilians who went...

  • The Israeli twins — Independence and Nakba

    May 11, 2016 | 11:13 am

    Independence Day is also the Day of the Nakba (in Arabic, the Day of the Catastrophe). There is no escaping it. Whether we like it or not, Israel’s story includes the Jewish story as well as the Palestinian one. Hence, the question that faces Israel today is a simple one: Can Nakba...

  • Fifty years after Agnon’s Nobel Prize, the work still resonates

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    May 11, 2016 | 10:54 am

    As Israelis prepare for this week’s 68th Independence Day celebrations, fans of Israel’s modern Hebrew literature look forward to a milestone celebration later this year: the 50th anniversary of Israeli author S.Y. Agnon receiving the Nobel Prize in literature. Dec. 10, 1966 is a...

  • U.S. citizens in Israel warned ahead of Nakba Day

    May 13, 2015 | 11:19 am

    The United States’ diplomatic missions in Israel have called on U.S. citizens to exercise caution due to demonstrations and violence associated with Nakba Day.

    Nakba Day is observed on May 15, the Gregorian anniversary of Israel’s Independence Day in 1948. The Palestinians, and...

  • Netanyahu’s Independence Day message praises troops’ ‘fighting spirit’ in Gaza

    April 23, 2015 | 4:04 pm

    (JTA) — In his Independence Day address, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the fighting spirit of troops in Gaza.

    Netanyahu’s praises came in the Hebrew-language version of a video released by his office at the start of Israel’s 67th Independence Day, which this...

  • From Memorial Day to Independence Day

    April 22, 2015 | 3:36 pm

    In a few hours, Israel’s Memorial Day will end and Israel’s Independence Day will begin.

    As they say here, once the clock strikes 8 p.m. we will change from a drop of red blood on green fabric to a drop of blue hope on white fabric. The colors could not be more different, but...

  • Five Minutes, Every Year - When Israel Stops to Remember

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 21, 2015 | 8:19 am

    One of the most inimitable characteristics of Israel is its “small community” atmosphere. Here, we often call each other “brother” and “sister,” even if we’re talking to a stranger, because most chances are he served in the same military base as us, or a relative of his went to...

  • Find Freedom! Share Your Story!

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    June 23, 2014 | 7:24 am

    Where do you find FREEDOM? Share your story in the WSGT Independence Travel Writing Contest

    Thank you to the winners and all the participants in the Inspiration Travel Writing Contest. 

    Thank you for reading, commenting and being in our community! I hope you will be...

  • Capturing the Israeli summer holidays

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 11, 2014 | 9:54 am

    This past month, we celebrated three major Israeli holidays: Israel's 66th Independence Day, Lag Ba'Omer and Shavu'ot.

    Lag Ba'Omer is a Jewish holiday celebrated on the thirty-third day of the counting of the Omer (six weeks from Passover to Shavu'ot.) For most of us secular...

  • Backstreet Boys and Jay Leno visiting, the IDF improving and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 12, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    Celebrating 66 years of independence

    On Tuesday, Israel celebrated its 66th independence day with 24 hours of celebrations that started on Monday night. The streets of every city were colored in blue and white, fireworks lit the sky and famous artists performed on stages set in...

  • Sparking Innovation

    By Beit T'shuvah

    July 5, 2013 | 10:45 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    What a week! There is the change of power in Egypt, Independence Day here and in Today's New York Times there is an article about Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos. I have some idea of how convoluted my brain must seem to put these three things together, yet I...

  • Peres praises U.S. at 4th of July celebration

    July 5, 2013 | 10:16 am

    The United States “remains a beacon of hope for the values of freedom, peace and justice around the globe,” Israeli President Shimon Peres said at a Fourth of July celebration.

    US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro hosted his annual Independence Day party Thursday in the backyard...

  • 4th of July blues: Why Americans suck at patriotism, and what we can learn from the Middle East

    By Simone Wilson

    July 4, 2013 | 9:25 am

    In all my 26 years, this is the first 4th of July that I've spent in a country that loves America. Everyone keeps congratulating me. It's really weird.

    I come from west-of-the-5 California, where we the guilty left have a very love-hate relationship with Independence Day. (Love...

  • 65 Years of Israel- capturing the Israeli essence (Part 2)

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 17, 2013 | 12:01 pm

    Continuing the birthday present for Israel's 65th birthday, here is part 2 of the Israeli-essence slideshow. Enjoy, and always remember- a picture may be worth a thousand words, but even countless pictures will not be equal to the thrill and beauty of an actual eye sight. smiley

  • 65 Years of Israel- capturing the Israeli essence (Part 1)

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 16, 2013 | 12:33 pm

    Israel, my home, celebrate its 65th birthday.  That’s really not much. It’s almost nothing on a scale of countries to age, but in this short period of time, we sure have been through a lot. In 65 years, Israel has been through wars, diplomatic issues, growing population, ground...

  • Anti-Semitic camp calls for overthrow of Poland on republic’s Independence Day

    November 13, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Young Polish nationalists and anti-Semitic extreme rightists called for the overthrow of Poland at the republic's Independence Day march.

    At Sunday's event, the groups established a new nationalist organization called the National Movement.

    Many of the participants in the march...

  • Should Jews celebrate the Fourth of July?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 5, 2012 | 10:36 pm

    If you’re an American, it would be just about impossible to miss the Fourth of July. I live in one of those parts of coastal L.A. that is a mecca for July Fourth revelers. And I’ve always taken for granted the celebration of this nation’s birth.

    Never have I stopped to think whether...

  • Netanyahu, Peres hail U.S. friendship, leadership on Independence Day

    July 4, 2012 | 1:43 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an Independence Day message that he “appreciate(s) deeply all that America has done for Israel.”

    The taped video message was played Tuesday night at the Independence Day celebration at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Herzliya....

  • June 30 - July 6

    By Ryan Torok

    June 27, 2012 | 12:43 pm

    SAT | JUNE 30


    When Jewish sisters Selma and Jenny agree to discuss their Holocaust experiences with the younger generation of Osnabrück, the German city of their youth, they’re flooded by emotions and memories. Back home in Paris, the 80-something sisters open up about...

  • Happily, the Independence Day battle is far from over

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 13, 2012 | 9:58 am

    Note to readers: a shorter and earlier version of this article appeared in the ‎International Herald Tribune / New York Times. It can be read independently, but will ‎be even more interesting to those following our Great Independence Day Debate series ‎of letters.


  • The great Independence Day debate: Letter 7

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 11, 2012 | 4:00 pm

    This the seventh letter in a debate on changing the date of Independence Day in Israel. Readers who are not yet familiar with the debate can read more about it here.

    The letter comes from Udi Lion, a graduate of Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva in Jerusalem and the director of special...

  • The great Independence Day debate: Letter 6

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 8, 2012 | 8:32 am

    This the sixth letter in a debate on changing the date of Independence Day in Israel. Readers who are not yet familiar with the debate can read more about it here.

    The letter comes from Yossi Tsuria, an expert in software security, advisory board ‎member at Citala Ltd and former...

  • The great Independence Day debate: Letter 4

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 3, 2012 | 1:22 pm

    This the fourth letter in a debate on changing the date of Independence Day in Israel.  Readers who are not yet familiar with the debate can read more about it here.

    Letter 4 is by Rabbi Dr. Michael Avraham, a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University and former teacher at the Yerucham Hesder...

  • Building bridges between young U.S. Jews, Israelis

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 15, 2012 | 9:38 pm

    Socio-psychologist Bethamie Horowitz, a professor in the Steinhardt School at NYU and author of the study “Defining Israel Education,” discusses American Jewry’s connection to Israel.

    Shmuel Rosner: Why, as you put it, is there a real need for an “effort to more deeply and...

  • 24 Hours in Tel Aviv

    September 20, 2011 | 12:02 pm

    It is the 3rd of April around 10 P.M. and the city of Tel Aviv is more alive than ever. People are walking the streets, laughing and talking. Then suddenly a siren sounds, and the city freezes. It is Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of...

  • On Independence Day, a reminder about Gilad Shalit

    May 10, 2011 | 10:21 am

    As Israelis celebrated the country’s 63rd Independence Day, they had much more on their minds than barbecues and fireworks.

    The carefully crafted theme of the day, “Looking after one another—the year of mutual care,” raised the hackles of some Israelis who do not believe the state...

  • Shalit’s brother shouts at Independence Day ceremony: Gilad is still alive

    May 9, 2011 | 4:15 pm

    Yoel Shalit, brother of abducted Israel Defense forces soldier Gilad Shalit clashed with police on Monday as he was escorted out of the official 63rd Independence Day ceremony at Mount Herzl for shouting during the speeches.

    Shortly after Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin finished his...

  • Israel begins Independence Day celebrations

    May 9, 2011 | 1:55 pm

    A day of national mourning turned to celebration as Israel marked the beginning of its Independence Day.

    Celebrations began Monday evening, when the state flag was raised from half to full mast during a national ceremony at Mount Herzl.

    Twelve torches were lit to begin the...

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