Tag Archives: Israel

What, You’re making Aliyah!?

Rabbi Sara Brandes
June 11, 2014

Why would an upper middle class girl from sunny Los Angeles choose to move to Israel? What is clear from the tears, shock and general mystification around our choice to move our young family is that aliyah was not the intended consequence of the Israel education I received at my Jewish Day School, summer camp, More »

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The Fear of Bondage and the Bondage of Fear

Jared Gimbel
April 1, 2014

A true spiritual awakening can come every time you visit a new land. For Jews, this awakening can be magnified by experiencing Jewish worship in other countries—knowing that there are many customs and methods used to serve God and celebrate the holidays from around the world. One of my most vivid memories at Hebrew University More »

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A Tale of Leaky Buckets

Jared Gimbel
February 20, 2014

As a student of today’s Jewish Life in Europe, I have had to think about the nature of both Israeli expatriates in European countries as well as Olim from these countries to Israel. In a globalized world where choosing your culture or separating from it is easier than it ever has been in human history, More »

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A Bruise between Oren’s Eyes

Rabbi Joshua Bolton
January 28, 2014

On a windy and unsettlingly bright day in Yaffo, our little boy Oren, running wild and over-tired, tripped on the ancient stone plaza. Sitting up, his forehead was black and blue – like Gorbechav and the Manson Family. We cradled and calmed him. We got him back in the stroller. We gave him a slice More »

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Middle Land and God Wrestler

Jared Gimbel
December 11, 2013

A Chinese Character that graces language menus and restaurant signs everywhere to indicate the world’s most commonly spoken language is a simple one: a rectangle split with a line down the middle: 中 This simple sign, similar to that of a cake being cut, is an interesting psychological gem. The Scandinavians may refer to their More »

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Along The Wall

Rabbi Joshua Bolton
October 18, 2013

In the slips and dashes of history, we became a people of the Wall. No cathedrals. No turrets. No spires. All we have is a Wall. Our great spiritual obligation: To stand at a Wall. To caress the soft stones of a Wall. To weep at a Wall. At the Wall, all anyone can do More »

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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 »

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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 »

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