Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774

The quest for home. It's a basic human need that doesn't always equate with a house and a street address. As we celebrate Israel's 64th birthday this week, it's worth reflecting on what the modern State of Israel has done to create a strong and vibrant home for so many Jews around the world. Even for those of us who...
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By:
Shoshana Weiss
Even though I live freely in America, I understand the need for a country that provides the Jewish people with a safe haven, and more important still, the ability to defend itself. Having grown up attending Jewish day schools and Zionist summer camps, together with listening to my grandparents speak of surviving the Holocaust, gave me a strong Jewish identity...
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By:
Michael Steinhardt
As Israel begins its 65th year of modern-day independence, there can be no disputing that this nation remains confronted with a myriad of challenges and threats to its very existence. But despite the perceived pall of fear and tension that seem to hang eternally over Israel, I can confidently say, as someone who has been blessed to contribute to its...
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Gunshots pierced a still, sunny morning at Dachau concentration camp. My husband and I cringed. It took a moment to remember that the Bavarian riot police have an active training facility on a portion of the property that once housed SS guards. I suppose it's economical to make use of the land. Nevertheless, the jarring sound rang like an offensive...
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This week, we embark on our annual springtime emotional roller coaster, commemorating watershed chapters in Jewish history that continue to define so much of our collective memory and identity. We move in rapid succession from April 19, when we mark Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, to April 25, when we remember Israel's fallen soldiers on Yom Hazikaron, which turns into...
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