Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774
Tears of joy, mixed with frustration, are all part of the aliyah experience
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Joshua Runyan, JE Staff
JERUSALEM Last week, it rained. Okay, so coming from Philadelphia, I know that the fact that the skies opened up -- a drizzle, really, at best -- on a mid-October night is no big deal. But everything is different here, from opening a bank account to taking delivery of appliances. The same is true of the weather. In a country...
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Ryan Teitman
"I, as a Christian believer, need to be a bigger advocate of Israel, and a better friend to the Jewish people," said William Devlin of Philadelphia, after returning from a five-day stay in Israel. "Now, I have a greater awareness, and now, I can say I've been there." On Sept. 10, Devlin went to Israel as part of a trip...
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And then there were 14. Twenty-six people were supposed to participate in the Philly Pride Mission, the first-ever gay and lesbian mission to Israel sponsored by a local federation -- in this case, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. In theory, it was groundbreaking; after all, you'd expect that "first" to go to San Francisco, New York, Miami, even Chicago...
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Elad Fishfeder is your typical Israeli. He's swarthy, thick-haired, lithe, with that hospitable persistence all too common in the Middle East. "Take a paper, take one," he says. "Here, one more even," insists the 30-year-old writer. He's typical, all right, save for an important difference: Fishfeder is religious, and he's also gay. Wearing a kipah and all that it entails...
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Support in various forms for those under fire
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As citizens of Israel, particularly those in the country's beleaguered north, grapple with the state of warfare that's flared up in the last three weeks, Jews in the Philadelphia region and throughout the nation are once again rallying around the Jewish state, as they have during so many previous times of crisis. Support has come in the form of rallies,...
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