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After 70 years, the path to peace in Israel is as troubled as ever. Yet, peace may not be as elusive as we might think. Sometimes it comes from the most unlikely places.

Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz
Israeli flag on a pole in the foreground; people watching the sun set in the background

Israel Independence Day celebrates the oneness of the Jewish people in all its colorful diversity. What if we carried that spirit with us every day?

Maya Glasser
Young boy holding Israeli flag

Here are five activities to help young children connect with Israel -- on Yom HaAtzmaut and all year long.

Jane E. Herman
Watermelon halves on display in Israeli market

“Those who sow in tears, shall reap in joy.” Whoever wrote these words knew the depth of our collective mourning is matched only by the height of our collective joy.

Cantor Evan Kent
worn baseball glove holding baseball in foreground; wooden baseball bat in back

The start of baseball season reminds me that as a young boy in Southern California in 1965, I thought only one thing when I heard the word “hero”: Sandy Koufax.

Jared Goldin
Close-up of flame of single yellow candle

Yom HaShoah is a day of mourning in Israel. Many stores close, music on the radio reflects the somber nature of the day, and most amazing is the sound of the siren.

Rabbi Victor S. Appell
Yellow raise boots on a wet wooden surface covered in leaves

"They know people died but nobody tells them about the worlds that were lost."

Julia Knobloch
Group of small yellow candles; flames of background candles are slightly out of focus

To make the ceremonies and reflections of Holocaust Remembrance Day meaningful, there must be ways it informs our decisions as Jews and as human beings all year long.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Barracks at Auschwitz Birkenau in the snow

As the son of Holocaust survivors, I ruled out the possibility of ever visiting a concentration camp. Doing so would be emotionally off the charts.

Marty Yura
People sitting in a synagogue for the congregations Yom HaShoah ceremony

Yom HaShoah is typically a somber time to reflect, and for me personally, to be angry at the world. Last year, however, was different.

Virginia Ring with Dr. Deborah Fripp

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