When Old Becomes Invisible
Posted on 05/27/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
You shall rise before the aged and show deference to the old; you shall fear your God: I am Hashem. - Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:32 It’s common to feel impatient when standing in a check-out line in a...
Women’s Only Spaces And Spaces Without Women
Posted on 05/24/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
Last night, I went to a Jewish concert by Ayelet HaShachar, a three-woman Baltimore-based band that I have been following since they began performing in 2001. Their first concert was held in Baltimore to raise...
Why Secular Jews Should Celebrate Yom Yerushalayim
Posted on 05/08/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
Unlike many liberal American or secular Jews, I will be proudly celebrating Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) this year. Let me explain why. Not only is Jerusalem the birthplace of Judaism and the Bible, but it...
Israel Must Act Quickly To Win Back American Jewish Support
Posted on 05/06/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
It is no secret that criticism of Israel has been proliferating from the mainstream American Jewish community over the past couple of years. It seems like every week, there is a new Jewish organization,...
Live And Let Live
Posted on 05/04/2018 by Irene Rabinowitz in Israel
Recently I attended an event in Jerusalem during which acclaimed Israeli singer David Broza was interviewed. He is known for his very optimistic efforts at creating peace through music. I’m not a real...
The Alchemy of Tragedy
Posted on 04/22/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
Alchemy is the ancient study of how to change one thing into something else. This past week in Israel was quite an intensely emotional one. This time of year, the State of Israel marks two special days in...
Are We One People?
Posted on 04/13/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
There's a five-minute video from Shabbat.com making the rounds on social media. I've seen it a number of times on Facebook and on WhatsApp. It features an older, religious Jewish man and a taller,...
A Little Story About What Meir Said
Posted on 03/18/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
A few days ago, my husband and I had just finished a meeting in Kikar HaMusica - Music Square - in Jerusalem with some new friends from Texas. Walking to our car, we stopped in a makolet, a small Israeli...
Not Jewish Enough
Posted on 03/04/2018 by Ruti Eastman in Israel
My friend Elisha wants to come to Israel to study Torah in yeshiva. The trouble is, he can’t get a visa. Is it because he’s black, he asks me? No, I don’t think so. Though his mother and...
What Do You Do When A Friend's Dvar Torah Offends You?
Posted on 02/12/2018 by Irene Rabinowitz in Israel
The past week’s parsha (Torah portion), Mishpatim, tells us that because we were strangers in Egypt that we need to welcome those strangers in our midst. And we do. The movement to bring our Ethiopian...