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Group of teen campers outside in front of a tree

When the Israeli cabinet voted to pull back the government’s pledge to build an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel (the Western Wall), more than 10,000 campers and 2,000 staff and faculty were a

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Colored pencils placed in a way such that their tips create negative space in the shape of a heart

As I skimmed headlines on the Israel new sites I check daily, I saw many of the same topics that have filled this space for the past few weeks. I ran through the list in my head: Kotel? Check.

Chelsea Feuchs
Six teens walking in an open expanse of the Negev Desert

“You followed me into the desert, into a land not sown.” (Jeremiah 2:2)

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Woman's hand holding yad and pointing to Torah text

“Aren’t you afraid of God?” a secular Israeli asked recently. “That God will strike you for your sins?” A fascinating query, since this man wasn’t religiously observant at all.

Rabbi Elyse Frishman
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
Two surfers in the Mediterranean in Israel

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

Cantor Evan Kent
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
Jerusalem stone columns, each topped by a waving Israeli flag

It is not in the heavens… Neither is it beyond the sea… No, the thing is very close to you.
Deuteronomy 30:12-14

Binyamin Minich
Young girl waving large Israeli flad on a pole

In early 1948, Israel’s founders gathered to decide on a national anthem for the new State.

Rabbi Gilad Kariv


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