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View of the Old City and the hills of Jerusalem at sunset

During the Days of Awe, we engage in a full accounting of our souls and our actions. Perhaps this process should be applied to our relationship with Israel as well.

Chelsea Feuchs
Eight individuals (adults and children) in shadow walking single file in front of a sky of sun and clouds

When Usumain arrived in Israel after years of searching for a safe place to call home, he was desperately in need of a country that would open its arms to him.

Sarah Moody
Portion of the Israel flag (Star of David on white background with part of the blue stripes visible) on the righthand part of a wooden surface

It was May 13, 1948 and the new Jewish State was to be declared the following afternoon, but David Ben Gurion didn’t yet have a Declaration of Independence.

Rabbi Neal Gold
Scene of Jerusalem with a lot of buildings made from Jerusalem stone

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.

Rabbi Marc J. Rosenstein
A woman holds a young childs hand with their backs toward the camera and an Israeli flag in the distance behind them

His world was turned upside down after his parents divorced. His father left Israel - and because his mother was no longer married to an Israeli, she was ordered to leave the country.

Anat Hoffman
Blog author standing in front of a stone building with the beach behind him

This is not a eulogy. I have not changed my belief in and love for Israel, nor have I given up hope for its future.

Mattan Berner-Kadish
Ivory and blue knit yarmulke pinned to top of dark haired head

If I hadn’t been wearing a yarmulke, I never would have spoken to the secular drag queen cashier in Tel Aviv, nor would he have met me, a queer Reform rabbinical student.

Andrew Oberstein
Closeup of Jerusalem stone as at the Western Wall

Last week was a bad week for Israel and the Jews, a week in which the worst instincts of our brethren were enabled and acted upon

Alden Solovy
Jerusalem stone columns, each topped by a waving Israeli flag

Why is it so important, and what is its impact on Jews who don’t live in Israel? We break down the new law, its meaning, and its potential impact.

Chelsea Feuchs

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