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Israel Thing: The Evolving Narrative of the Holocaust Memory in Israel

Israel Thing: The Evolving Narrative of the Holocaust Memory in Israel

Holocaust Remembrance Day is usually a time to reflect on the darkest tragedy of the Jewish people in the modern age (and some would say in all of history). The importance of having such a day is indisputable, but personally, I must say I find myself pondering the events of the Holocaust quite frequently. Whenever the temperature is freezing outside and, despite my multiple layers and warm clothing, I still feel cold, I can’t help but wonder how in the name of God people could survive the harsh European winter with only a thin piece of cloth covering their bodies. […]

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NFTY in Israel L'Dor V'Dor

NFTY-CWR: L’Dor V’Dor and the Best Summer of My Life

By Jonathan Brody, NFTY-CWR Last summer I went on NFTY in Israel L’Dor V’Dor. On this trip we went to Prague, Poland and finally Israel. Before I went on this trip I never thought that sitting here today Israel would be so important to my life. The whole five weeks I spent there was pretty much a giant NFTY event with people from all around the country. It was by far the best summer I have ever had – solely because of NFTY in Israel. I made some of the best friends on this trip and if you ever have […]

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The Passover Seder: a Night to Remember

The Passover Seder: a Night to Remember

Every year around this season in Israel, there is an awareness that our lives shift during the holiday of Passover. The changing surroundings of spring’s arrival are the first indication of the holiday, as we’re directed to celebrate Passover during the spring.

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Musical Haggadah: Israeli Music Retells the Story of Our Exodus

By Yehudit Werchow, URJ Central Shlicha .Originally posted on the Union for Reform Judaism blog “וַאֲפִילוּ כֻּלָּנוּ חֲכָמִים כֻּלָּנוּ נְבוֹנִים / כֻּלָּנוּ יוֹדְעִים אֶת הַתּוֹרָה / מִצְוָה עָלֵינוּ לְסַפֵּר בִּיצִיאַת מִצְרָיִם” “Even though all of us are wise, understanding and knowing of the Torah, we are still obligated to tell the story of our Exodus from Egypt.” My Haggadah is a musical one. The themes of Pesach inspire so many of my favorite Israeli musicians, and every year another musical Midrash is added to my Pesach collection. This music is one of the most precious gifts that Israeli life and […]

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Israel Thing | The Acceptable Parameters of Power

Israel Thing | The Acceptable Parameters of Power

For centuries, the high ethical and moral standards of the Jewish people were a given. Yet, since we regained sovereignty in Israel and significantly increased the political and military power in our hands, holding this high standard has become a much more complex and challenging objective.

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Israel Thing | Israel on Guard

Israel Thing | Israel on Guard

One of the most-covered stories in Israel this week described two attempts to assassinate Israeli representatives, occurring Monday within a few hours from each other, in different parts of the world.

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