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Plate of hamantaschen with different fillings

When I was growing up on Long Island, hamantaschen had a golden yeast dough and filling that oozed from the seams. What ever happened to those delicious treats?

Cantor Evan Kent
Young woman looking back over her shoulder and smiling

At the Kotel, I was confused as to why I was being completely rejected from the most central place of meaning in my religion. I didn’t know how to react.

Angelica Vohland
A row of smiling Israeli teens

Like every Israeli parent, I have learned that the obligations of living in the Jewish state hit home hardest when kids graduate from high school.

Rabbi Rich Kirschen
Yellow flowers on a cactus blooming in the desert

The pioneers who built the State of Israel faced myriad challenges to create a self-sufficient society in a desert environment without easy access to food or water.

Rachel Landman
Short track speed skater Vladislav Bykanov leading the Israeli Olympic team at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia in February of 2014

Jewish fans won’t have quite as many standout athletes to cheer for this year as in 2016, but there are several compelling Jewish stories to catch up on before the action starts.

Gabe Friedman (JTA)
Golda Meir

In January 1948, Golda Meir gave a speech in Chicago that, as David Ben-Gurion later wrote, “got the money which made the Jewish state possible.”

Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein
Side by side  black and white portraits of a health care provider in her white jacket and then again in workout clothes posing with a bicycle

A photographer shares captivating portraits of hospital staff - Jews, Arabs, Christians and Muslims - who reflect the same diversity as the 600,000 residents they serve.

Sharon Mann
Bins of colorful dried fruit -- mango, banana, kiwi, pineapple -- in Jerusalem supermarket

In my past life as a cantor in Los Angeles, I was always facilitating the concept of “Jewish time” for others. Here in Jerusalem, it just sort of happens on its own.

Cantor Evan Kent
Ahad Ha'am's grave in Tel Aviv

A walk in Tel Aviv’s Old Cemetery led me to the tombstone of Ahad Ha’am, one of the most influential pre-state Zionist thinkers and the founder of cultural Zionism.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Bank of the Nile River beneath a shining red sunset

Netanyahu's expulsion of African asylum-seekers from Israel may be technically permissible, but that does not make it moral or decent.

Rabbi Josh Weinberg

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