“We all want to hear children’s laughter and see hope in their eyes”

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On days where conflict, terror, fear and hatred blacken our sky and cloud our lives, we must appreciate every beam of light that illuminates caring, empathy, humanity and hope. Almost 68 years have passed since the founding of Israel, nearly seven decades of endless, almost near-hopeless attempts to live in peace with four million Palestinians, […]

Common Language

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Today, Dec. 15, is known as Zamenhof Day and is celebrated annually by users of Esperanto. Exactly 156 years ago, Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof was born in the town of Białystok in the Russian Empire. Zamenhof was a Polish Jew, physician, inventor, and writer. But he is most widely known for creating Esperanto, the most successful […]

Terror doesn’t discriminate

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Evil reached us today—Israelis, American Jewish citizens and an innocent Palestinian, all victims of terror attacks. It began when two Israelis were murdered, stabbed in an attack in southern Tel Aviv just outside a synagogue. The terrorist responsible was in Israel legally, working for a nearby restaurant. And shortly after this attack, another terrorist killed […]

Illuminating the darkness

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Today we mark the first day of the Hebrew month of Kislev. A month in which we celebrate Hanukkah, the holiday that commemorates the victory of the Israelites over the Greeks in a series of battles taking place around the year 165 BC. Hanukah symbolizes our very basic right to celebrate Jewish identity under Jewish […]

My Heart is in the East

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I am in New York, but my heart is in Israel. Work has called me to America, but the news turns me around so that I face east, worrying about my beloved homeland. When I awoke this morning, the news was grim. It was hard to absorb that since Rosh Hashanah eight Israelis had been […]

Shana Tova from Jerusalem

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The days are getting shorter. Leaves are blowing in the wind and wandering birds fly high above, looking for serenity. The Days of Awe surround us; fill our hearts and souls with prayers, exaltation and hope. In just two days, we will sit at beautifully set holiday tables. Jews around the globe will dip apple […]

A Tale Of Two Cities

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Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are not Charles Dickens’ London and Paris but in a similar way, these two cities capture in their characteristics Israel’s variety, diversity, heterogeneousness and color. And they are less than 40 miles apart. In Jerusalem we dig to discover our roots and past; in Tel Aviv we dig to welcome the […]

The language of art

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We are in the midst of the period between the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tamuz and the Ninth of Av (July 5 –26 of this year) when the Jewish world mourns the destruction of the first and second Temples, both symbols of Jewish sovereignty that was lost for 2,000 years. Both Temples were […]

Pluralism, acceptance, love and hope

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“As a Jew I am aware of how important the existence of Israel is for the survival of us all. And because I am proud of being Jewish, I am worried by the growing anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the world.” —Steven Spielberg Last Friday was a day filled with sorrow, festivity and nationalism, as three […]

The Beauty of Jerusalem

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The Talmud teaches, “Ten measures of beauty descended on the world, nine were taken by Jerusalem, one by the rest of the world.” Years later, Mark Twain said, “There is no beauty like the beauty of Jerusalem.” Today, the 26th of Iyar marks the 48th anniversary of the Six-Day War when the third day of […]

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