First Jerusalem Day Remembered

Last Sunday on the 28th of the Hebrew month of Iyar (May 20), the Jewish world celebrated Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day. This holiday marks 45 years since Israel won control of the Old City in the Six-Day War of 1967 and reunited Jerusalem. Jerusalem is my home in every imaginable way: I was born and […]

The Month of Nisan Brings Redemption

A lot happens in Nisan. Ten days ago we celebrated our exodus from Egypt; five days from now, we will commemorate the memory of six million brothers and sisters who perished in the Holocaust, and in 12 days we will celebrate the sixty-fourth anniversary of the establishment of the Jewish State. At the Seder table we […]

Israeli Philanthropy Comes of Age

Right now we are in between two Jewish holidays, Purim and Pesach, both of which emphasize the obligation to care for the needy and–as far as Pesach goes–to welcome the stranger. On Purim, one of the main religious obligations is matanot l’evyonim, gifts for the poor, and during the Seder we read from the Haggadah: […]

Is Israel Facing Its Own Fundamentalist Threat?

I recently returned from a two week work visit to Florida, where I had the pleasure of visiting a few JCCs and participating in JCC Association’s Executive Seminar. As an Israeli, I was asked the same question over and over: “What is wrong with you in Israel?” Two weeks ago, a group of leaders from […]

Israeli Economy: Not Just Black and White

The world relates to Israel as a land of conflict, and the common perception is that threats by Israel’s neighbors are the country’s greatest concern. This may be partly true, but recent events clearly demonstrate that the country’s domestic battles are just as dangerous to Israel’s survival. In recent months, Israeli society is experiencing social […]

The Meaning of a Jewish Home

On the fourteenth of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan 94 years ago, Lord Arthur James Balfour granted the Zionist movement a unprecedented historical declaration. The Balfour Declaration was a result of British policy gradually becoming committed to establishing a Jewish home in Palestine (Eretz Yisrael). In his letter to Lord Rothschild, Lord Balfour writes: “His […]

Gilad Shalit Returns Home After Five Years in Captivity

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“Shehecheeyanu v’kiyimanu v’higiyanu lazman hazeh. Blessed are You, G-d, who has granted us life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this occasion.” A terrorist group of Palestinians crossed the border 1,941 days ago, killed Hanan Barak and Pavel Slotzker, and kidnapped Gilad Schalit. Today, after 1,941 days in the dark, Gilad Schalit is home.   […]

An Intellectual Light Unto the Nations

Today the Jewish world marks the third day of Sukkot. Sukkot is one of the three pilgrimage holidays, when in ancient times the entire Jewish people came to Jerusalem to worship God at the Holy Temple, which was the center of the Jewish world.   The Holy Temple no longer stands, but Israel is still […]

Israel Has Continuously Sacrificed for Peace

In honor of the High Holidays beginning in less than two weeks, and in light of the upcoming vote in the United Nations on Palestinian statehood, I would like to dedicate this Message from Jerusalem to Israel’s ongoing efforts to reach peace, and the price paid by its citizens for that goal.   The Jewish […]

Mass Protests Indicate Israelis Desire for Economic Fairness

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For the past few weeks, Israel has gone through a historic period. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis are in the streets, protesting against social injustice, and many more Israelis are supporting their cause. For many Israelis, especially younger ones, this mass movement reflects a moment of pride.  The Arab spring rose on the wings of […]

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