I have told my boys about the trees in Tel Aviv that Savta Esther planted when she was a child. I make sure they understand the significance of Israel in the Tu B’Shevat story – that we wouldn’t have this chag without the land and the history to which we are connected.
Unity has long been the battle cry of the Jewish community. Unity between orthodox and reform. Unity between religious and secular. Unity between Ashkenazim and Sephardim. Indeed, it should be so. Countless teachings of the Torah convey God’s love for the united children of Israel. Yet there are things worth fighting for. And defending Israel is one of those things.
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Perusing the shelves of possible literary escapes, you might be surprised to learn not only how many books about Israel or by Israeli authors are out there to enjoy, but how many others around the world share your same interest in exploring the history, culture, and life of the Jewish State.
The Zionist thinker Ahad Ha-am hoped that the reborn state would become the cultural center of the Jewish world, with a new kind of Torah coming forth from Zion. Without Israeli songs on our lips, we lose a connection between American Jewish youth and Israeli culture.
On the day of elections, all factories and business establishments in Israel were closed from 8 A.M. to midnight to permit all residents to go to the polls. The government proclaimed election day a national holiday.
There’s no lack of coffee waste; on the contrary, we have more than enough of it. If we can prove that the coffee improves plant growth, it could be an amazingly ecological and economical solution for us and for the environment.
Does a forward-thinking, business-minded Jew ensure that her child learns Hebrew, the language of the Jewish people, the Torah and modern-day Israel, or Mandarin, the language of future financial and business success? Could there be a more quintessential Jewish dilemma – financial stability vs. Jewish heritage?
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