Rabbi Marc J. Rosenstein made aliyahaliyahעֲלִיָּה"Going up." The honor of being called to recite the blessings before and after the Torah reading. Also refers to immigration to Israel, to "make aliyah" to Israel; plural: aliyot. Lit. "Ascent." to Moshav Shorashim in the Galilee in 1990. For 20 years, he directed a nonprofit promoting pluralism and Jewish-Arab cooperation, and from 2009-2015 he served as head of the Israeli Rabbinical Program at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. His book on the struggle to define a Jewish state, Contested Utopia: Jewish Dreams and Israeli Realities, has just been published by the Jewish Publication Society. Rabbi Rosenstein's first visit to Israel was a high school student in the first cohort of URJ Heller High, formerly NFTY-EIE, in 1962.
For those of us who believe that, while Israel should be a “nation like all the other nations,” it should somehow not be too much like all the others.
Israel cannot support the kind of population growth it has experienced over the past 70 years. What can we expect as this growth rate continues?
Grateful to the URJ and my loyal readers throughout the last 17 years, I have decided to reduce the frequency of the “Galilee Diary” from monthly to occasionally.