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Life in a war zone: L.A.’s voices in Israel

6 days ago

Rabbis, students and scholars write the first draft of a historic summer:

The people of Israel live: Jerusalem, July 2014
by Rabbi Ed Feinstein

Birthright in a new light
by Cora Markowitz

A song for Shabbat: Bless us with peace
by Evan Kent

Seconds from shelter
by Rabbi Adam Kligfeld

Yad Vashem and sirens
by Michael Berenbaum

Anxiety, hope, unity, grief, outrage, fear, trauma, uncertainty …
by Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

A chance for empathy and compassion
by Rabbi Susan Lieder

  • A chance for empathy and compassion

    by Rabbi Susan Lieder

    6 days ago

    I arrived in Israel on June 30.  Just a week later, life was turned upside down as we searched for answers and for hope.

    After concluding a week of vacation in Beer Sheva, Mitzpe Ramon, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem, I joined a mission with 19 rabbis sponsored by the AIPAC...

  • Anxiety, hope, unity, grief, outrage, fear, trauma, uncertainty …

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    6 days ago

    I landed in Israel just a few days after the abduction of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach. I had been here two weeks earlier, in an Israel that was celebrating Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Euroleague Basketball Championship. I spent quality time with my son Ilan and his...

  • Yad Vashem and sirens

    By Michael Berenbaum

    6 days ago

    I have been in Israel for the past several days attending conferences on the Holocaust at Yad Vashem and at the Ghetto Fighters’ House, near Nahariya — all amid the shelling. 

    Sirens go off in the morning and the evening, and we face a decision whether to hasten to the shelter or...

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  • Seconds from shelter

    by Rabbi Adam Kligfeld

    6 days ago

    “Seventy-five seconds? That’s an enormous amount of time!” He wasn’t being ironic. Just straightforward. These words were spoken by Rabbi Gustavo Suraszki, who spent Shabbat with me in Jerusalem this past weekend. He lives in Ashkelon, where his family has now spent a decade...

  • A song for Shabbat: Bless us with peace

    by Evan Kent

    6 days ago

    It was one year ago this week when my husband, Don Goor, and I made aliyah. Moving to Israel was the culmination of years of planning and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, but in the backs of our minds, we always knew that Israel would be involved in another conflict. This was...

  • Birthright in a new light

    by Cora Markowitz

    6 days ago

    Before my Birthright trip, when I pictured Israel, I saw myself riding camels, visiting the Western Wall, hiking Masada, floating on the Dead Sea. ... I never imagined rockets exploding in the air, running barefoot to a bomb shelter or sirens wailing in the streets of Jerusalem....

  • The people of Israel live – Jerusalem, July 2014

    by Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    6 days ago

    Montefiore’s windmill is the favorite wedding picture spot in Jerusalem. On any afternoon, bridal parties line up to take their photos before the landmark. Beautiful young women in glorious gowns are surrounded by giggling bridesmaids, as grooms wait nervously and parents beam with...

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