Pushing the Button

Issues arise in the headlines. We read the concise few words, we may read a few paragraphs of a few articles, but we rarely have the chance to dig in to the issues underlying the headlines, and learn from a plethora of voices.
In this section we shall be “pushing the button” – inviting short responses from interesting and unusual people throughout the world of Jewish and Zionist education and culture – trying to explore beyond the surface to find the real conversations. 

Encouraging Aliya – insensitive?

The videos produced by the Absorption Department encouraging Israelis in North America to return to Israel, ignited a controversy. Within a few days the Prime Minister himself ordered the campaign to be cancelled.

Yet in the meantime, an interesting and important dialogue had begun to open up. Were the commercials really so offensive?

Or were they mainly touching on a subject that itself is terribly sensitive yet crucial: What is the value of Jewish life in Israel as compared to the Diaspora? Indeed, how do we define a valuable Jewish life?

Fruits of Tomorrow

January 14, 2010 by

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I’ve got to tell you: I’ve been feeling proud lately.

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend an event saluting the volunteers of Beit Shemesh. While this event has been happening every year for 12 years, I don’t always attend, wary of the self-congratulatory pomp and patriotism. But this year was different: I dashed out of my house to make it in time for the keynote event honoring those who work on behalf of the community. To Full Post

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