One year ago, I wrote to you about the 53,000 asylum seekers in Israel, the vast majority of which come from Eritrea and Sudan. Many of these individuals are the survivors of unspeakable horrors at home as well as during their Exodus through the Sinai to Israel. They have arrived to Israel over the last decade, believing the country to be a haven free from the evils of their home countries and neighboring countries.
Today, I come to you with a question: how can Israel - a country founded by refugees - continue to imprison and deport African asylum seekers who desperately need her...Read More
The miracle of Hanukkah inspires creativity from all corners of the Jewish world, as evidenced by the emails we get from the proud videographers below. Enjoy, and let us know if you have one to share that we missed!
"Oil" Main Line Reform Temple (Don’t miss the “bloopers” at the end!)
"The Dreidel Song: Hanukkah Rap" Matthew Rissien
Tamar Brower (member of Temple Bat Yahm, Newport Beach, CA) "Chanukah Rap Song"
And of course, we have to include one of our newest favorites…"Eight Nights – Hanukkah Mashup" StandFour
Praise God with resounding cymbals; praise Him with loud-clashing cymbals. Let all that breathes praise the Lord, Halleluyah! – Psalms 150: 5-6
About 15 minutes southwest of Shorashim is the Muslim and Christian Arab village of Ibillin, a medium-sized village whose claim to fame is that Mar Elias Academy is located there. Mar Elias is an elite Christian private school that draws students from Arab communities all over the Galilee. The school was founded in 1981 by Father Elias Chacour, who now serves as the Melkite Catholic Archbishop of the entire Galilee region (the Melkites have...Read More
It’s a common parental experience: You suggest something to your child and he or she brushes you off, barely letting you express your thought before answering with a “no.” That’s what happened when I suggested to my son Shaked, in the beginning of his senior year of high school here in Israel, that he consider attending a mechina (pre-army preparation program), an Israeli gap year program.
Several weeks later, Shaked returned from school and excitedly told me that a graduate he knew came back to his school to speak about one such program in Akko, not far from...Read More
I've been ruminating on something that happened late last month.
I was on stage at an interfaith concert in Toronto on a Saturday night. Multiple faith groups were represented in a community gathering to honor an incredible rabbi (Larry Englander of Solel Congregation in Mississauga) who has given blessing upon blessing to the larger Toronto community.
We were about to sing the finale. A gospel choir, amongst other groups, joined us at the stage. I took a moment to address the crowd.
I'm not sure what I said, but I do know that I...Read More
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