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  • At the General Assembly: Abbas slams UN inaction, Netanyahu says UN ‘war against Israel’ is over

    6 days ago

    At the United Nations, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would push for a resolution condemning West Bank settlements, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said ties between Israel and the rest of the world were improving and that “the war...

  • Violence, settlements, Gaza undermine hope for Mideast peace: U.N.

    June 30, 2016 | 10:07 am

    Violence and incitement, settlement expansion and a lack of control of Gaza by the Palestinian Authority are undermining hope for Middle East peace, a senior U.N. official said on Thursday, citing a report by the Middle East peace "Quartet".

    U.N. Middle East envoy Nickolay...

  • Naso - a poem by Rick Lupert

    By Rick Lupert

    June 17, 2016 | 10:47 am

    They shall confess the sin they committed.

    How much time have you got? And I thought it was
    only the Catholics who confessed. Maybe they got it from us.
    They’ve got the right idea with the ornately decorated wooden
    booths with privacy windows. I think if I had a secret booth...

  • Is Netanyahu sincere about the window of opportunity in the Middle East?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 7, 2016 | 6:22 am

    In recent weeks there has been a lot of talk about the possibility of a breakthrough in the Arab-Israeli peace process. "The Arab peace initiative includes positive elements that can help revive constructive negotiations with the Palestinians," Prime Minister Netanyahu said a few...

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  • 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...

  • A sephardic Passover message: Peace, shalom, salam

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    April 20, 2016 | 12:54 pm

    For centuries, Sephardic-Mizrahi Jews of Arab lands lived in relatively peaceful coexistence with their Arab-Muslim neighbors. While never perfect, life for Jews in Arab lands never reached the horrible persecutions, pogroms or expulsions continuously experienced by Jews living...

  • US Jews Lack in Spirituality

    By Pini Herman

    February 1, 2016 | 1:35 pm

    Only about a third of Jews (39 percent)  report to "feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week" in 2014 while generally Americans report at something approaching two-thirds (59 percent) to "feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least...

  • I don’t know how we got here… but I’d sure like to move on!

    By Craig T.

    January 31, 2016 | 11:48 am

    I don’t know how we got here… but I’d sure like to move on!

    Multiple Choice – Please Choose ONE! Achinoam Nini, better known as Noa:

    ____ Represents the Palestinian people, and is not a true Israeli.

    ____ Is a supporter of right wing Israeli settlement politics.

    ____...

  • When Palestinians kill

    January 19, 2016 | 9:58 am

    My current foray into Israeli-Palestinian coexistence efforts began a year and a half ago, in the summer of 2014, when a group of Israelis and Palestinians in Gush Etzion marked a joint day of fasting on the 17th of Tammuz, which fell that year during Ramadan. At the height of...

  • Motherhood, Brooklyn & a Birthday in Israel

    By Ilana Angel

    January 12, 2016 | 6:40 am

    My son will be 20 years old next week. It is hard to believe I have been a mother for two decades. Some days it feels like just yesterday that I was blessed to become this child’s mother, while other days it feels like I have been a mom for 100 years. There has been no greater joy...

  • Goodbye, Ezra

    November 30, 2015 | 10:05 am

    I’m really not one to post long political Facebook statuses but something about the events of these past few months has made me feel the need to vocalize my thoughts.

    As I checked my social media feeds this past Motzei Shabbat, two sides of the same story seemed to dominate. My...

  • To be a Jew means ‘I love you’

    November 23, 2015 | 4:29 pm

    On Thursday last week, a suicide bomber murdered forty three human beings in Beirut and injured two hundred and forty. On Friday last week, a suicide bomber murdered nineteen human beings in Bagdad and injured thirty three. In Paris, seven men murdered one hundred twenty three...

  • Palestine, 2018.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 18, 2015 | 8:25 am

    Close your eyes, and let me take you to a hypothetical future...

     

    The global pressure coming from the BDS movement to boycott Israel has taken its toll, and Israel can no longer handle the isolation. So Israel has decided to remove the IDF forces from the Palestinian...

  • Your Reaction to Islam Will Define Who You Are.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    November 17, 2015 | 5:46 pm

    Your relationship with Islam will define you as a person.

    Once, as a child, I asked a poor gardener who lived in a neighbor’s garage with three sick children and an ailing wife, why he always smiled. I loved his wisdom. I saw him daily, and he never complained. “My son, Allah is...

  • Israeli opposition chief to US Jewish leaders: ‘Open and frank partnership’ vital

    November 10, 2015 | 10:20 am

    Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog told a gathering of North American Jewish leaders that his vision of Israel includes a place where all Jews can pursue and practice Judaism the way they want.

    Speaking Monday night at the annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of...

  • JACOB’S STEW – IN SEARCH OF AN ETHIC FOR SHARING OF FOOD BETWEEN MUSLIMS AND JEWS

    October 28, 2015 | 3:38 am

    [Editor's note: This piece was submitted in response to the one published last week on Abraham's Children, concerning Jews and Muslims working together with regard to the sacred rituals related to preparing our dead for burial. This piece expands on that by way of a 'drash'.] 

    ...

  • Abraham’s Children: How Muslim and Jewish Burial Practices Can Help Bring Peace

    October 21, 2015 | 3:35 am

    In the Biblical story of the death of Abraham, Ishmael and Isaac come together to bury their father. Then Isaac goes to live in peace with Ishmael. Many millennia later …

    • thousands of Jews across the United States and Canada volunteer their time and energy to perform the...
  • Two-state solution, found

    By Uri Dromi

    October 15, 2015 | 2:11 pm

    Earlier this month, a group of undergraduates from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University concluded a 10-day visit in Israel. During their trip they met with people from right and left, Arabs and Jews, Palestinians and Israelis, religious and non-religious Jews,...

  • 5 Ways to Keep the Spiritual Momentum of the High Holidays

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    October 8, 2015 | 3:52 pm

    The High Holidays and Sukkot have ended. This marathon of Jewish holy days earned many of us an increased spiritual awareness, sensitivity, and commitment. But how can we maintain that growth throughout the year? Here are five suggestions for maintaining the momentum of the High...

  • The Pleasures of Staying Home

    By Mindy Leaf

    September 7, 2015 | 7:12 am

    I was never known to be a "homebody." Home was merely the place where I fell asleep, kept my clothes and took my daily shower. Work, focused activity, real conversations and daily living were reserved for "the outside."

    I was known to employ a fierce dedication at the office,...

  • Pallywood’s World of Lies

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 2, 2015 | 9:18 am

    This phenomenon is not new, but it seems like even nowadays, nine years after the documentary which officially exposed it was released, many people have still never heard of Pallywood.

    Pallywood, a portmanteau of "Palestinian" and "Hollywood", is a coinage that has been used...

  • The Betzavta Method: Turning Conflict into an Opportunity for Growth

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    August 31, 2015 | 11:14 pm

    "Conflict is a different form of aliveness" ~ Wendel Meldrum

    After gaining invaluable experiences and skills in conflict resolution, my perception of everyday conflicts and misunderstandings is increasingly met as a chance for gaining greater self-awareness, self-transformation,...

  • The Day Anger Broke Me.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    August 20, 2015 | 12:13 pm

    It’s been eight years.  I still have nightmares about what I had become. 

    My wife and kids are scared in a room.  Sitting on the floor, they are trembling.  She is hugging them protectively, crying.  They are rolled up in fetal position, sobbing.  All I hear is nothing.  I am...

  • Healing Powers Provided by Dr Teal’s

    By Ilana Angel

    August 18, 2015 | 12:33 pm

    I recently discovered products by Dr Teal’s and they are so fantastic I want to share them with you. I not only recommend them to you with 100% conviction, I will go further and encourage you to try them. I have used the Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution and the Pure Epsom Salt...

  • Never Stay Indifferent, Never Stop Caring

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 29, 2015 | 8:27 am

    I remember the first anti-Semitic remark I received. It was a comment to one of my posts here, and it said "What a shame Hitler didn't finish what he started." That night, I couldn't sleep. I was concerned and bothered, but most of all- I was horrified. Later, as I became more...

  • Liberals Need to Stop Feeling Shame When Supporting Israel

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    July 24, 2015 | 12:33 pm

    All my life, I have been liberal and I have been Jewish.  These identities are badges I have worn proudly and which have long bolstered one another.  Except on one subject: Israel.  So for a long time, I just stayed away from the landmine that discussing Israel can be.  I wore...

  • Azerbaijan, Israel, Sporting Excellence and Universal Friendship

    By Milikh Yevdayev

    July 7, 2015 | 1:57 pm

    The first ever European Games were just completed in Azerbaijan and it is such a source of pride for me as a Jew and as an Azerbaijani. For over two weeks in June the world witnessed what a welcoming and tolerant country we are. We opened our arms to the world. As an Azerbaijani...

  • Israeli, Palestinian economies to grow by billions with two-state solution

    June 8, 2015 | 1:14 pm

    Israel’s economy would gain $120 billion and the Palestinian economy some $50 billion over the next decade in a two-state solution, a study has found.

    A peace agreement could also see Palestinian income rise by 36 percent and Israeli by 5 percent, according to the Rand Corp. ...

  • The Search for Inner Space

    By Mindy Leaf

    May 29, 2015 | 5:24 am

    It's come down to my morning shower. That's the only time it seems, of late, when I can be quietly alone, free to think undisturbed. At all other times, I'd say we are living in a 1984 world, surrounded by TV screens blasting 24-hour news that's hardly news at all, but still...

  • Vatican says Pope meant no offense calling Abbas ‘angel of peace’

    May 19, 2015 | 10:57 am

    Pope Francis meant no offense to Israel by referring to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as being "an angel of peace" and intended to encourage harmony between the two sides, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

    Francis met Abbas at the Vatican on Saturday and used the words as he...

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