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

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.

Rabbi Marc Rosenstein
Israeli flag flying against blue sky

Recounting modern history is hardly as complex as parsing the mysteries of the Torah, but sometimes it can be just as controversial.

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

Though the NFTY-EIE program has changed greatly over the years, including a recent name change, it is still inspiring teenagers to love Israel in ways that can only happen by living there.

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

In telling the story of the Six-Day War, there are anomalies that have faded into the recesses of memory. They're worth reviving to deepen our understanding of an event that changed Jewish history.

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

I know that Shavuot is near when I can hear the fruit vendors in the shuk (open-air market) extolling the virtues of the newly arrived crops of peaches, plums, apricots, and nectarines.

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

Jerusalem has been the symbol of our people for the past 3,000 years, and it’s now the center of strife, tension, and celebration. How do we deal with that?

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

Bridging the tensions between the grandiose vision of “Jerusalem on high” and the daily reality of “Jerusalem of low” requires significant effort from all of us.

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

In Israel, marriage and divorce are under the jurisdiction of the officially sanctioned Orthodox chief rabbinate and its representatives. Where does this policy leave Reform Jews?

Rabbi Marc Rosenstein
Jerusalem stone columns, each topped by a waving Israeli flag

Even before I made aliyah, I celebrated Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) with my community, members of a small Reform congregation in Kerch, Crimea.

Binyamin Minich


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