Israel

The 3 Big Jewish Festivals: learn more!

What do most Americans know about Jewish holidays? Typically – Hanukkah, Passover and… not much else. The three big holidays are the pilgrimage festivals. Cantor Linda Hirschhorn of Temple Beth Sholom in San Leandro wrote a lovely, brief description of them. Have a look.   In Parshat Re’eh we are given a description of the…

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Two States or One?

Are you worried about whether there is a two state solution in Israel? So is Rabbi Milder of Beth Emek. He sent this message to his congregation. (Thank you to Rabbi Milder for letting me reprint this.) The Two State and the One State I watched the press conference held by President Trump and Prime…

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Talking About Israel with Honestly, Pain & Caring

On August 13th and August 23rd, Josh Kornbluth and Rabbi Menachem Creditor engaged in a public conversation about Israel, Zionism, Judaism, Peace, and American Jewish activism. Overwhelmed by Argument with Josh Kornbluth and Rabbi Menachem Creditor The description of and rules for the conversation are below. It was an intense conversation between two loving friends…

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Teens found, dead

Perhaps you have been following the kidnapping of 3 boys in Israel. One was age 19 and the other two were only 16. There was steely hope that some terrorist group would claim responsibility and demand money or the release of some of their jailed compatriots. But unfortunately it was not to be and their…

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Jerusalem sites

Jerusalem skyline Robinson’s Arch, south of the plaza A view of the plaza and the wall In the shuk Cafe in the Old City – great shawarma! Jerusalem Street An IDF soldier back to back with a Hasidic teen on the light rail Baklava booth in the shuk

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Posted in Israel
Published on November 14th, 2013

A walk around Jerusalem

I just spent 10 days in Jerusalem to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Women of the Wall. Hundreds of women prayed at the Western Wall together. The cantors were put up on chairs so that they could be heard by all the women and lead the singing and chanting. The plaza was filled with elation.

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Posted in Israel
Published on November 13th, 2013