Why does it feel, especially after summers like we just had, so challenging to be connected to Israel? I want to stop thinking of Israel’s problems as simply a sadness and a burden on us as a people and instead see them for what they are, an opportunity for emotional and spiritual growth for us an individuals and as a nation.
My in-laws seem to only focus on the negatives about Israel. I want to steer our conversations away from all the negativity - but not avoiding all the issues of course. Israel is important to me; I feel a real connection. How can we turn an Israel-smearing into a positive conversation?
When we think of the holiest place in Israel our minds immediately shift to the Kotel, Tzfat, even Masada, but no one ever mentions Hatzer Kinneret - the place where the dream of settling the land of Israel became real life.
Six months ago I took a life-changing trip to India. Not to the beaches of Goa, nor to the temples of Mumbai or even the cultural festivals of Kolkata. My trip had one purpose: to bring Bnei Menashe home - to Israel.
It all began from a personal desire to volunteer in Israel. I didn’t want to volunteer on an army base or spend a month in Netanya volunteering and living in a hotel. I wanted to volunteer with an Israeli organization in Jerusalem where I stay and volunteer alongside Israelis, getting as close to daily life here as I could.
As Jews, our response must be to unite as one. One people. One nation. One conscious. It must be to stand proud, and to say never again. To not let ANYONE close our synagogues, our community centers, or force us to hide away our pride but most importantly, the essence of who we are.
The excitement in the air seems palpable and filled with Israel Fever! Follow Eric Leiderman as he travels across the River Hudson to salute Israel at the "Celebrate Israel Parade" in New York City. #TogetherOnFifth
Being a Lone soldier is a difficult task but if you join with the right attitude, mindset and an open mind, once you complete your service you will emerge a transformed person – mature, confident and ready to take on life.
An excerpt from the new memoir ‘Why Not Say What Happened’ by Morris Dickstein conjures lost summer worlds and tells his own deeply engaging story of growing up in the turbulent American culture of the postwar decades.
Leaving friends and my brother in the United States was not easy. Leaving the small town I had lived in for almost thirty years was not easy. But seeking a more Jewish life here, in our homeland, in the place where our history began four thousand years ago, is easier than it might seem.
In other capitals, many others, in Europe and elsewhere, faulting the Jews is once again becoming the rallying cry of a new order of assassins - unless it is the same, but cloaked in new habits. The United Nations was set up, also, to fight this plague. This assembly was given the sacred task of preventing those terrible spirits from reawakening. But they have returned - and that is why we are here.
Sam Glaser’s The Promise is an inspired, all new musical celebration of the gift of the Land of Israel. It explores the love affair with the Promised Land through the biblical period, two millennia of exile and the past sixty miraculous years of aliyah.