Category Archives: Israel: Status Quo?

A Divine Dose: Bamidbar and Israel

Alissa Thomas
June 24, 2013

The medicine swishes back and forth in the syringe, but I only see the sharp, threatening needle inching closer and closer to my exposed skin. The cure and care are inevitable, and all I need to overcome is the doctor’s ‘little prick followed by a slight pressure’ against my skin. Nevertheless, since childhood I have More »


Truth, Broken Hearts, and the Status Quo

Rachel Petroff Kessler
June 17, 2013

For most of my childhood, what I was taught about Israel was designed to cultivate passionate, progressive Zionism. In college I was determined to attempt to rectify the imbalance and pursued a Middle Eastern Studies major, with the goal of learning “the other side of the story.” I was committed to building an authentic narrative More »


Where did we come from?

June 12, 2013

Israel grew out of nothingness. Deserts, with planted seeds growing from miracles and light. That is, the promised land to all peoples—all, peoples. Though now we sit in backlash; of fear and clouds that cover eyes afraid to see the truths we share. Amazingly through all of it, it is still growing. On Culture: A More »


Israel as Exile

Alex Braver
June 5, 2013

I’ve lived in Israel for ten months now, and every week in synagogue I hear this prayer, composed shortly after the state’s independence in 1948: אָבִינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַיִם, צוּר יִשְׂרָאֵל וְגוֹאֲלוֹ, בָּרֵךְ אֶת מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל רֵאשִׁית צְמִיחַת גְּאֻלָּתֵנוּ. Heavenly Father, Israel’s Rock and Redeemer, bless the State of Israel, the first flowering of our redemption. There More »


A Question of Perspective

Rabbi Juan Mejia
June 3, 2013

Diaspora Jews, whether they be Zionist or Post-Zionist, share one thing when it comes to judging Israel across the pond: we see (in many cases we choose to see) Israel through the lenses of our own idealized images of what we want it to be.  Whether it is the flag waving technicholor Leon Uris-esque classical More »