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Bedouin village

Although we don’t vote in Israel’s elections and should not expect to, neither does the Knesset have a monopoly over the Zionist project. It belongs to all Jews.

Abe Silberstein
Wooden sign pointing on two directions that read SIMPLE and COMPLICATED

But what do we mean when we say, “It’s complicated”? Tone and intention and context can lead these two little words to have many meanings

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
Israeli and Palestinian flags painted on a wall; the red triangle of the Palestinian flag is the shape of Israel turned sideways

In a best-selling new book, Yossi Klein Halevi explores the challenges of self-transformation and the quest for peace. Learn more in his interview with

Rabbi Robert Orkand
View of Kotel and Dome of the Rock

On the same day the U.S. embassy opened in Jerusalem, more than 60 Palestinians lost their lives at the Gaza border. How can we bring balance to these disparate events? 

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
Person washing hands at a hospital/surgical sink

On a recent visit to Israel, I witnessed extraordinary acts of human kindness at a hospital near the Syrian border.

Rabbi Robert Orkand
Paved road leading to sunshine/light

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
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)
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

Israeli singer/songwriter David Broza has elicited comparisons to Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Ray Vaughan - but he's also known worldwide for his commitment to humanitarian causes.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

Often, peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians have gotten stuck on the status of Jerusalem. Debates over the future of this holy city are often informed by deeply held views of history, religion, and politics.

Jacob Kraus


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