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  • Take me to N.Y.

    As if there’s not enough evidence of Israeli disenchantment with their own country, the Israeli Interior Ministry’s spokeswoman greets you with the following song lyrics while you wait for her to pick up: “Take me to NY; I’d like to see L.A.” Irony, anyone? More ▸

  • Rescued by an Israeli soldier

    Glynis Ann Ritchie has a touching essay in The New York Times’ style section about how she, a starry-eyed American Jewish girl, fell for a hunky Israeli soldier on a Birthright Israel trip. Though the Israeli turns out to be part of the parade of callous men that Ritchie says “opened up my chest, scooped… More ▸

  • Sharansky’s identity problem

    Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, who now chairs the Shalem Center‘s Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies (yes, that Adelson), says all of Israel’s current problems can be traced to one core problem: the decline of Israel’s Zionist identity. It is to blame for changes made in the 1990s to Israel’s code of military conduct, which… More ▸

  • RFK and Israel

    With the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Bobby Kennedy upon us, former AIPAC and Israeli embassy official Lenny Ben-David is highlighting a series of dispatches that RFK wrote during his 1948 visit to Israel. Click here to read the actual dispatches, which appeared in the now-defunct Boston Post. The Jewish people in Palestine who… More ▸

  • CUFI united for Hagee

    David Brog, the executive director of Christians United for Israel, has sent out a mass e-mail to followers urging support for Pastor John Hagee and the organization. The money line: “Make no mistake about it, many who attack Pastor Hagee seek not only to hurt him, but to silence all Christian friends of Israel. We… More ▸

  • Progressive Jews get ‘Righteously Indignant’ at Boston conference

    Earlier this week I attended the Righteous Indignation Conference, a three-day forum and workshop which provided a forum for progressive Jewish activists to share best practices, discuss current strategies and build community among each other. The event, which took place at Hebrew College in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, brought together over 100 Jewish activists from around… More ▸

  • Debate on Israel prayer moves to blogs

    An interesting spat has broken out over my recent article about how a Brooklyn minyan, Altshul, is grappling with how to pray for Israel. In one corner, wearing the blue and white shorts, is Ariel Beery (of Blogs of Zion, PresenTense Magazine). In the other corner, wearing the shorts of many colors, is Daniel Septimus,… More ▸

  • Would you send your parents on a Birthright trip?

    In honor of Israel turning 60, Taglit-Birthright Israel is looking to send someone’s parents to the Jewish state: The “Let My Parents Go!” contest was open to all North American Taglit-Birthright Israel alumni whose parents have never been to Israel. Over 60 video entries were received, and the 18 finalists have been posted on the… More ▸

  • The Burg speaks: Zionism is futile

    It’s been less than a year since Avraham Burg – former Knesset speaker, Jewish Agency chief, and scion of one of Israel’s most illustrious founding families – shocked his countrymen with some harsh appraisals of the Zionist enterprise (see an abridged English version of the Ha’aretz story that started the trouble here, and a more… More ▸

  • Taking the temperature of Mercaz Harav

    Two different writers take the temperature of the yeshiva attacked last week – and offer different takes on the state of its founder’s vision of a partnership between secular and religious Zionists. Writing in the New York Sun, Hillel Halkin looks back at the founder of the yeshiva attacked last week, and concludes that his… More ▸