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24 Jan Posted by | Comments

Tu B’Shvat in Israel is a Time for Rebirth

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When I was a kid, Tu B’Shevat meant coming home from Hebrew School with a bag of fruits from Israel. It contained things that I’d never tasted before – dates, figs, bokser (carob tree pods); and, as a kid, those were things that I often hoped to never taste again. I still remember the time that a teacher told us that bokser tasted best if put in the toaster. The horrible smell in our home that night became a story that my family would not soon forget. For many of us, our first perceptions of Israel would come from a sensory picture painted for us of its nourishment and taste, a description of Israel as a land flowing with milk and honey. Even before we had an opportunity to visit Israel – or if we’ve never been so blessed –...

30 Oct Posted by | Comments

“Myself. One People. Our Israel.”

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It was a slogan that was used to mobilize Israel’s supporters from all walks of life in the United States to vote in the World Congress elections. Vote you did. The results came in, delegates were elected and the slates that were chosen reflect those many voices; lots of diversity. With that diversity comes…. disagreement. The slates have very different views on what Israel stands for, what Israel should be, what American Zionism should look like, what Israel’s policies should be on many issues and even more! Yet they came to Israel as one delegation; as one community of American Jews who share a love for Israel. A delegation with a passion for Israel strong enough to have them leave their jobs and families to hash out and consider those disagreements not only with each other but with Jews from...

08 Mar Posted by | Comments

A Personal Perspective on Israel

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For close to 35 years, I have had the opportunity to serve as the head of the American Zionist Movement.  While the movement known as modern Zionism has been in place for well over a century, I believe we can all agree that the past thirty years have been a time to finally appreciate the sheer success of this movement.  In Israel’s early years, the nation’s very existence was a huge question mark and for decades we were never quite sure whether the next attack from our enemies would be the fatal blow that would end our dream.  In many ways that insecurity lasted into this modern period when not only was Israel able to survive, but the Jewish State began to truly thrive. The historic messages of turning the desert into farmland became more and more of a reality....