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Walkway and benches at Moshav Shorashim in the Galilee region of northern Israel

A Note from Rabbi Rick Jacobs: For nearly two decades, the Union for Reform Judaism has been privileged to offer readers Rabbi Marc Rosenstein’s Reform reflections on life in the Galilee, Israe

Rabbi Marc Rosenstein
Israeli flag flying against blue sky

Explaining why the opening word of the fourth commandment was differently stated – in Exodus as “remember” and in Deuteronomy as “observe” – the sages taught that both words “were spoken in one utt

Rabbi Daniel M. Bronstein, Ph.D.
View from an airplane window with the planes tail end and clouds in a sunset

In May 1967, I was 16 years old, eagerly anticipating leaving for Israel in July for my semester abroad with NFTY-EIE (now URJ Heller High).

Karen Lipschutz Goodis
Black and white image of Israeli soldiers in a tank approaching the Dome on the Rock in Jerusalem on June 7 1967

The three paratroopers casting eyes upward at the Western Wall. The troops reveling in the waters of the Suez Canal.

Ron Kampeas (JTA)
Two surfers in the Mediterranean in Israel

Four years ago, I made aliyah from Los Angeles to Jerusalem.

Cantor Evan Kent
String of tattered Israeli flags hanging between buildings against a blue sky

I do not travel to Jerusalem, I return (to paraphrase the poet Yitzhak Yasinowitz).

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
Jerusalem of Gold on Israel street sign in Hebrew, Arabic, and English

“The dream isn’t so different from the reality….All of man’s doings were once dreams.”

Rabbi Tamir Nir
Full glass of red wine sitting on a table in front of a sunset

On Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, I will pour a few drops of wine onto the ground here in Israel to remember the suffering of the Palestinians.

By Alden Solovy
Bride and groom forming heart with their hands

Thus said the Lord: Again there shall be heard in this place…the sound of mirth and gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and bride…
Jeremiah 33:10-11

Rabbi Marc Rosenstein
Horse drawn cart in mid-1940s omer festival on Israeli kibbutz

Ear of grain in the field, bowed in the wind
from the weight of its seed, which is great…
Arise, o arise,
look, children of the villages. 

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald

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