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  • Israel’s majority-minority problem

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 27, 2015 | 4:12 am

    Last week, at 67, Israel celebrated its Independence Day as a majority-minority country. And this is becoming a problem. A country needs a majority to lead it, to establish a narrative that guides it, to be able to make necessary reforms, and to tame trends that disrupt further...

  • What if they gave a festival and too few came?

    By LiAmi Lawrence

    April 24, 2013 | 4:02 pm

    Israel's big 65th Birthday bash was this past Sunday and Israeli blue and white flags fluttered in the breeze on a beautiful day in Rancho Park. The park was  transformed into Israel as the smell of Israeli food wafted through the air as Israeli music blared and Hebrew was...

  • This week in power: Marathom bombing, French rabbi, Class assignment, Independence Day

    By Danny Groner

    April 18, 2013 | 3:15 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Boston bombings
    After Monday's bombings in Boston, everyone is looking for hope and answers. For some, that's come in the heroism that followed. "This is what first responders do....

  • The IDF vs. Bar Refaeli is Really The IDF vs. the Foreign Ministry

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 17, 2013 | 6:55 am

    In an Independence Day interview two days ago, the IDF Chief of Staff, General Benny Gantz insisted that he has "nothing personal against [supermodel] Bar Refaeli". She is "a talented woman but she isn't the issue with which we are dealing", Gantz insisted, "we are talking about...

  • In the wake of Boston Marathon bombings, Israeli Independence Day fetes are toned down

    April 16, 2013 | 9:49 am

    Israeli Independence Day celebrations in Boston were muted and security was increased in the wake of bombings that left three dead and dozens injured at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

    Mike Rosenberg, director of community relations at Maimonides, a Jewish day school in...

  • A novel meeting of Israeli, Socal culinary worlds

    April 10, 2013 | 11:34 am

    Given the similarities between their respective climates and diverse populations, the food cultures of Israel and Southern California would seem to have much in common. Chefs Assaf Granit and Uri Navon of Jerusalem’s lauded Machneyuda restaurant are about to find out firsthand...

  • Israeli-Palestinian tensions rise in Jerusalem, West Bank as Nakba Day nears

    May 13, 2011 | 8:00 am

    Israel Defense Force soldiers and Palestinians clashed on Friday throughout the West Bank, days before planned demonstrations to commemorate the Nakba.

    Mild clashes between the IDF and Palestinians erupted in Jerusalem on Friday morning, in Silwan, Isawiya and in the Old City....

  • Why Israel Matters

    May 3, 2011 | 7:21 pm

    Zionism is like democracy. Winston Churchill said that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the other kinds, and the same can be said, on its 63rd birthday, of the State of Israel. The Zionist project, in 2011, may be shot through with thorny problems, but it is...

  • Stories of Pre-state Israel’s Helpers Now on Film

    May 3, 2011 | 7:18 pm

    Ruth Stern could have lived a life of privilege and security in her native South Africa. Instead, in 1946, while still in her teens, she and two dozen other South African youths boarded a ship bound for Palestine.  

    Their goal: to study and travel the land for several months before...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Days of Sorrow and Joy

    Every year on the fifth of the Hebrew month Iyar (that day falls this year on May 7), Israel celebrates Israeli Independence Day to commemorate the founding of the State of Israel in 1948. Parties and parades are held all over Israel and the United States....