I’ve highlighted some poets and poems that speak to me for the moment we are in, but I encourage you, too, to poke around on your own from among Israeli writers and find what resonates with you.
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With all of the stress, anxiety, and potential panic that this moment in time brings, may new of these political developments offer us a small silver lining with which to find and grasp a glimmer of hope.
With Netanyahu still in power, issues of religious pluralism, equality, and civil marriage will likely take a backseat, leaving the power of the ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate firmly in place and leaving little hope for progressive change.
The election for the 2020 World Zionist Congress is open for another two weeks, and a strong showing by the “Vote Reform” slate is critical.
We all have the right to study Torah, to interpret it, and to make ourselves heard in the never-ending Jewish conversation about what our treasured texts mean.
The irony is stark. For once, your vote as a non-Israeli living outside of Israel may have more lasting impact than my vote as an Israeli living in Israel. That’s because regardless of what happens in Israeli elections – whether we get a new government or not – the WZC will meet in Jerusalem later this year.
Teacher: “Class, what’s the definition of Zionism?”
Students, in unison: “Zionism is the aspiration of the Jewish people to build a Jewish democratic state in Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel)!”
High schoolers in the URJ Heller High study-abroad program
Reform Judaism is becoming a major pillar of world Jewry – and as such, we should analyze the major challenges of the Jewish people today.
“To lead The Jewish Agency is an enormous responsibility,” says Isaac Herzog, “but one that I grabbed with both hands.”
Nadav Lapid’s “Synonyms” is a superbly directed, thinly plotted, challenging, provocative new film nominated for four Ophir Awards, the Israeli equivalent of an Oscar.