Thursday Nov 08, 2012
While the conversation about Zionism going on in many places around the world is about the legitimacy of Israel and the Zionist endeavor, at home in Israe the focus is more on what kind of Zionism to pursue--and how. Young Anglos, who have been coming to Israel in larger numbers since the end of the Second Intifada, are currently shaping both the perception and expression of Zionism in Israel today.
Among them is a love of exercise--...
Sunday Nov 04, 2012
Many Jews around the world might have breathed a sigh of relief to learn that Germany had come to its senses earlier this month when the government backed proposed legislation to protect the practice of ritual circumcision.
Unfortunately, a closer reading of news reports showed that "protection" of Judaism's founding ritual was palliative at best, as the proposal was just that -- not a law, but a proposal.
Thursday Sep 27, 2012
It was another year's chagim spent abroad, away from Israel where Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kipur (and Simcha Torah and Shemini Atzeret and Succot...) are a matter of course; where in a spiritual analog of the Soviet agents who once visited America and pointing in any direction were astonished to be taken to a supermarket stuffed with food, so in Israel in any direction that can be pointed to a synagogue lies; where the Days of Awe do not require...
Sunday Aug 26, 2012
Last week, I was shocked and disgusted to learn that the death of a giraffe at a zoo in near Haifa was caused by a characteristic item of discard in Israel: a plastic bag. Jabbar was the name of the giraffe at the Hay Park Zoo that choked to death on a plastic bag which zoo officials say was likely given to him by someone trying to feed him.
Despite the signs posted and the team of zoo employees constantly patrolling the grounds telling...
Monday Aug 13, 2012
"If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? But if I am for myself alone, what am I? And if not now, when?" - Hillel (as cited by Pinsker in AutoEmancipation)
Recently, residents of Tel Aviv were treated to the now-annual summer social justice protests. Last year, the protests had brought a refreshing whiff of possibility, but by the end of the summer, with the protest tents, the makeshift kitchens, and the even more...