Israel

“Zionist Peat”: If You Love Israel, Compost!

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb
In the 1950s, Israel’s still-young government decided to drain the beautiful but malarial and ecologically sensitive Huleh Valley. Experts and environmental activists protested, noting that once dried out, the soil (mostly peat thanks to the abundant wetlands) would not be very fertile, and the whole project may require reversal.

What Does "Next Year in Jerusalem" Really Mean?

Dasee Berkowitz
April 6, 2020

Editor's Note: This piece was originally published on March 17, 2013.

On a recent trip to Jerusalem, my son decided that his favorite color was gold. Whenever he’s asked why, he replies with a wry smile befitting a 5-year-old.

“Jerusalem is the city of