Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann, President of Hebrew College

 

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From my perspective, the “Come Home” videos suggest a profound indictment of Jewish education and identity formation in Israeli secular culture. To Full Post

Eran Shayshon, Reut Institute

 

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The controversial set of commercials was pointless and irresponsible, but they were not aimed at “negating the Diaspora”. In fact, an increasing number of Israelis today acknowledge that a strong and vibrant Diaspora is a clear imperative for Israel and Zionism. To Full Post

Engaging with Israel through Culture

 

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Camp Israel – Day Six – Israel 1992

 

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New immigrants to Israel: on becoming Israeli and setting up communities in Israel

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Camp Israel – Day Seven – Israel 1994

 

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Traveling Israel and taking in the sites…

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Camp Israel – Day Nine – Adventures in Nature

 

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Israel develops recreational adventure sports like rafting the Jordan River…

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Camp Israel – Day 10 – 2006 JCC

 

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Challenges to Jewish identity in the 21st century…Farewell activities as camp comes to a close…

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The top 5 tent protest songs

August 24, 2011 by

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First appeared in www.forward.com


What is the theme song for Israel’s Tent Protests? Although there are some brand new candidates (Mosh Ben Ari’s Look Me In The Eyes, and the unplugged version of a new song The Good Guys Will Win, that HaDag Nachash wrote specially for the Tent Protests), Israelis are rediscovering popular songs from the recent past that would seem to have been written with the current protests in mind. Tallkbackers and youtube uploaders are hailing them as prophecies finally coming to pass…

My top five are as follows:

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Tisha B’Av and the Protests

August 8, 2011 by

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Ehud Banai is a leading Israeli singer-songwriter.

This piece first appeared in Hebrew on http://www.ehudbanai.co.il/

 

Sometimes I ask myself why the sages determined that the days commemorating the destruction of the Temples should be days of mourning and fasting. After all, it was the Babylonians and the Romans after them who caused all the exile and destruction, so why aren’t they fasting?

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A new Star is Born

July 24, 2011 by

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Hagit Yaso won A Star is Born last night.

I don’t think even she was all that surprised. While tens of thousands demonstrated in the streets of Tel Aviv for fair housing prices, and others mourned the loss of Norway’s security and Amy Winehouse, the rest of us were watching cute Hagit win A Star is Born.

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