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08/12/2016

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The views expressed in the articles appearing here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of the World Zionist Organization.

  

   

 An open letter to Bernie Sanders

Dr. David Breakstone, May 1, 2016

 

The Times of Israel 

 

 By and large I embrace your vision, but when it comes to the Middle East, I am convinced it is impaired. You blame the impasse in reaching a two-state solution on Israel for being too heavy-handed in responding to Palestinian provocation; I blame the Palestinian leadership for refusing to reconcile itself to the existence of a Jewish state.

 

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I am Charlie

Dr. David Breakstone, April 26, 2015

 

The Times of Israel 

 

The cry for freedom of expression following the deadly attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo back in January, need now be echoed by all who believe in freedom of religion following the attack on a Charlie of our own here in Jerusalem. While this is the responsibility of Jews everywhere, those living in the United States have an immediate and impactful way of making their voices heard.

 

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The election is over — now go and vote


Dr. David Breakstone, March 22, 2015

 

The Times of Israel 

 

An open letter to my American Jewish friends: Tell me you care

 

PM Netanyahu stands before the U.S. Congress and claims to speak in your name. I’m not going to tell you whether you should feel reassured by that or enraged. I am going to tell you that you have a voice of your own, and a way to make it heard.

 

Now that we who live in Israel have had our say regarding its future, it’s time for you to have yours. As long as we keep insisting that others recognize this country as being the nation state of the Jewish people, we had best internalize that for ourselves. Which means both of us agreeing that you need to take some responsibility for the direction it is moving in.

 

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It’s not the settlements, stupid.

 

Dr. David Breakstone, July 27, 2014

The Times of Israel

 

 

Saturday night. 9:25 pm. A siren just went off in the area enveloping Gaza. The internationally brokered 12-hour humanitarian cease fire ended barely an hour ago, and though Israel readily accepted a request that it be extended by four hours, Hamas, apparently has not, sending families who had enjoyed a respite from nearly three weeks of incessant rocket fire scurrying back into their shelters.



I’ve been watching the news since the end of Shabbat. For the first time, I’m seeing footage of the extensive destruction of large swaths of Gaza wrought by Israel’s air strikes and I’m bearing witness to simple Palestinians rummaging through the wreckage of their homes now reduced to rubble for tatters of their shattered lives. And again I find it impossible to fathom how this execrable enemy of ours can hold the people it undertook to serve in such contempt. If anyone, it is Hamas that should have welcomed a continued cessation of the hostilities while efforts continued behind the scenes to negotiate a more permanent truce. Ironically, though, it is Israelis who, even in the midst of this justified war, have assembled this evening in Tel Aviv’s Kikar Rabin demanding an end to Operation Protective Edge. They have another suggestion as to how we might deal with the threat posed by the thousands of rockets still stockpiled in Gaza and the 30-plus tunnels emanating in nests of terrorism and terminating under the dining halls of pastoral kibbutzim: negotiate a diplomatic settlement.

 

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Why I won’t be setting foot in the J Street National Summit this weekend

 

Dr. David Breakstone, June 6, 2014

The Times of Israel

 

Dear friends,

 


My reason for not participating in your annual gathering this year is plain and simple, and I want you and others to know what it is: family obligations have prevented me from making the trip. Otherwise I’d be there. In fact, following the rejection by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations of your bid for membership, I felt it was important enough to attend your annual conference that I began trying to wriggle out of the commitments that were getting in the way. That didn’t work, so I did the next best thing I could think of. I made a contribution to J Street and became a member of the organization for the very first time. And now I’m writing this letter to explain why.

 

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Herzl hails Pope’s visit but warns the journey isn’t over

 

Dr. David Breakstone, May 29, 2014

The Times of Israel

 

Theodor Herzl was positively animated when we met for the purpose of this interview immediately after Pope Francis laid a wreath on his tomb earlier this week. Generally reserved and imperially composed, he was visibly electrified by the event, which, he explained to me, he had been lying in anticipation of for 110 years already, referencing his profoundly discouraging meeting with Pope Pius X on January 26, 1904. Despite the outward veneer of optimism that he was always careful to project, he confessed to me that when he left the Vatican on that cold winter afternoon it was all but impossible for him to believe that this moment would ever arrive.



“Why the inner pessimism?” I asked. He didn’t need any prompting, and began recalling the conversation of more than a century ago as though it had just taken place yesterday.

 

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Confessions of a Hadassah Lady

 

Dr. David Breakstone, May 1, 2014

The Times of Israel

 

True confessions: I was a Hadassah lady even before I became a boy scout. Some of my earliest memories are of Hadassah luncheons hosted by my mother, a long-time president of her local chapter, a vocation she passionately pursued well into her eighties. I also fondly recall the opportunity she gave me as a young child to man the booths at the many fundraising bazaars she organized.

 

It was with a mixture of excitement and pride that I hawked the wares that through great effort had been collected from generous benefactors, doing my bit to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the organization mom proudly represented which would metamorphose into hospitals in a faraway country whose existence she has never taken for granted, and which, to this day, is at the very core of her being. There is no doubt in my mind that her ardent support for the Jewish state, and her profound commitment to the necessity of its survival forged by the catastrophe of the Holocaust played a major role in my own decision to move to Israel 40 years ago. My guess is that the position I now hold as vice chairman of the World Zionist Organization, with which Hadassah has long been affiliated, is also a result in one way or another of the Hadassah ethos which I literally imbibed with my mother’s milk.

 

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Don’t confuse me with the facts. Tell me the truth.

 

Dr. David Breakstone, April 10, 2014

The Times of Israel

 

Michelle is on her first date with Jonathan and wants nothing less than to entice him back to her place by the end of the evening. Eavesdropping from the next table, I’m bewildered by the way she’s coming on to him. Before she’s said a word about herself to pique the interest of the young man opposite her, she says in an unnecessarily loud voice, “Listen, in case this should work out and you end up at my place tonight, you should know I’m having a horrific fight with horrible neighbors and they may end up attacking us even before I get you through the door. Assuming we do get inside, expect them to bombard us with stones all night. But I don’t want you to think that any of this is my fault. Actually, you should hear the whole story. Let me tell you how it all began…”



I’m not surprised when Jonathan excuses himself and heads off to the men’s room never to return. But Michelle, though she’s gotten precisely the same response from a dozen Jon’s before him, still can’t figure out what she’s doing wrong.

 


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Ticking babies…Boom!

 

Dr. David Breakstone, January 27, 2014

The Times of Israel

 

Official reports put the number at 80,000. There’s a good chance there are many more. We’re talking about explosive devices concealed among Israel’s civilian population, set to go off sporadically over the next three decades. And there are more being produced all the time. Ironically, it’s no one’s fault but our own that they’re here, having been produced locally by people who not only made it across our borders legally and with the full knowledge of the responsible authorities, but also with their blessings.

 

Scattered randomly everywhere our children are — classrooms, playgrounds, shopping malls, movie theaters and even maternity wards – they blend in seamlessly with their surroundings. Chances are you’ve already come upon some yourself, but didn’t realize what you were looking at. Which is completely understandable, given their appearance. Though typically ending up weighing anywhere from 50 to 100 kilos and measuring 1.5 to 2 meters from end to end, they start out more or less the size of a large chicken and are packaged as cute little things, closely resembling Jewish babies. I know, because one just turned up in my family, bringing us untold joy.

 

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Keep Dreaming: He sang at my wedding

 

Dr. David Breakstone, December 26, 2013

The Jerusalem Post

 

Tens of thousands came out to mourn the passing of Arik Einstein, but not many can claim he sang at their wedding. I can.

 

Back in 1975, I marched down the aisle to the tune of “You and I are going to change the world.” Israel’s legendary rock star may not have been on hand in person, but the words were no less powerful for his absence – and I fully believed them to be true. Indeed, I knew that “others have said it before me, but no matter. You and I are going to change the world.”

 

My heyday of innocence and optimism. The afterglow of aliya. My bride and I had left an America still reeling from the bitterness of the Vietnam War, and though we found ourselves landing plunk in the aftershock of our own Yom Kippur War debacle, we knew that the country would recover. More than recover. Israelis were resilient and irrepressible and we were certain that our newly adopted society would regain the buoyancy and confidence it had earned in the Six Day War, while continuing to toil in fulfillment of the Zionist dream. And we were going to be a part of it.

 

 

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The Mourning After: Pew’s Unheralded Surprise

 

Dr. David Breakstone, December 3, 2013

The Jewish Week

 

The irrelevancy of Modern Orthodoxy to the American Jewish experience is one of the most intriguing revelations of the Pew report on the community's condition – yet also one of its most overlooked. While commentators galore are busy reproaching the Conservative movement for being inauthentic, accusing Reform Judaism of being hollow, and wringing their hands over the 32% of Millennials categorized as "Jews of no religion," nobody seems to be paying attention to the stark fact that only 10% of those identifying as Jews describe themselves as Orthodox – and just 3% as the Modern variety.

 

Even that figure is deceptive. Of the entire population of Jewish Americans aged 18-29, a mere 1% define themselves as Modern Orthodox, itself an ambiguous term. A full 96% of the 1% avowed that working on the Sabbath is not incompatible with being Jewish, 70% of them said one can be Jewish without believing in God, and a highly controversial, mind-boggling 33% didn't even seem to care what God one believes in, going so far as to say that recognizing Jesus as the Messiah is not inconsistent with being Jewish.


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KEEP DREAMING: Recalculating


 

Dr. David Breakstone, November 28, 2013

The Jerusalem Post

 

 

There is a refreshingly moderate voice emanating from the Religious Affairs Ministry of late.

 

Minister Naftali Bennett and his deputy, Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, are clearly making a sincere and conscious effort to restore the credibility of their office and earn back the respect of a disillusioned public – alienated by a religious establishment that has for far too long been insensitive and indifferent to the needs and sensibilities of those it is meant to serve.

 

This welcome change in tone was evident in Bennett’s Rosh Hashana call to Jews everywhere to “join me as we work to settle our differences… and move forward as a single and unified people.” He issued this invitation in support of Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky’s initiative to resolve the issue of access to the Western Wall, which, he went on to declare, “belongs to all the Jews in the world, not to one denomination.”

 

It was also apparent in Ben-Dahan’s presentation to an international assembly of Jewish leadership that convened in Jerusalem earlier this month. The deputy minister began his remarks by reviewing a number of measures that have taken effect since the last national election, which make the services provided by his office more user-friendly.

 

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Reclaiming the Zionist Idea

 

Dr. David Breakstone, November 10, 2013

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“So how was it?” I asked my niece upon picking her up at the end of her Birthright trip. “Really fun,” she said. With a 45-minute car ride ahead of us, I wasn’t prepared to leave it at that, and  ontinued to probe. She pulled out her itinerary and began telling me about all the places she’d been to and the things she’d done. “And how does all this leave you feeling?” I asked. “Well, I do have one question, Uncle David,” she ventured. “I still don’t really get why we need a Jewish state, especially with all the problems it causes.”

 

Both as uncle and as vice chairman of the World Zionist Organization, I have come to the conclusion that the most immediate threat that the international campaign to delegitimize Israel poses is its effect on our own young people. In casting Zionism as a racist and colonialist movement that has spawned an apartheid society that bears primary responsibility for what is portrayed as the ongoing occupation of the Palestinian people, it has left even those of our children who grew up in strongly committed Jewish homes doubtful about the Zionist idea and confused in terms of their relationship to the State of Israel. And precious too little is being done to help them work that through.

 

 

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KEEP DREAMING: Up against the Wall


Dr. David Breakstone, September 19, 2013

The Jerusalem Post

 

 

The Western Wall and I have a long-standing relationship.

 

I can still recall the mystery of my first caress of its stones back in 1970. I hadn’t yet discovered Abraham Joshua Heschel, but when I did a year later, I found in his eloquent ode, Israel: An Echo of Eternity, an articulation of the transcendental moment I had experienced.

 

Heschel had landed in post-Six Day War Israel with a problem. Judaism was a religion of time, not space, he had long taught. In the Shabbat, he observed that the biblical record of creation depicts the physical world as being “good,” while it is the seventh day, which Heschel referred to as “a palace of time,” that is sanctified with holiness.

 

What, then, of the enormous limestone blocks of the Kotel?

 

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KEEP DREAMING: Pregnant with expectation


Dr. David Breakstone, August 22, 2013

The Jerusalem Post

 

 

As the second round of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians got under way last week, some 80 percent of all Israelis were reportedly skeptical that anything would be born of them. I, on the other hand, found myself feeling pregnant with expectation.

 

Perhaps the sensation had something to do with the time frame announced for completion of the talks: nine months. I generally pride myself on not letting gender factor into my assessment of things, but I can’t help thinking that the declaration might have had something to do with Tzipi Livni’s innate feminine instinct.

 

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KEEP DREAMING: Guilty as charged

 

Dr. David Breakstone, July 18, 2013

The Jerusalem Post

 

‘Was this really necessary?” she asked angrily, accosting me with a page of newsprint as soon as Shabbat morning services had ended.

 

“Was what necessary?” I asked, bewildered by the interrogation. The piece of paper with which she’d confronted me was nothing more than an announcement of the World Zionist Organization’s reproduction of 21 authentic posters from prestate Israel and its early years of independence. In an accompanying sidebar, I’d written that the set gave “expression to the ideals on which the Zionist movement was founded, the challenges it has had to contend with since its outset, and the remarkable achievements characterizing its first decades.”

 

“What are you upset about?” I inquired, genuinely puzzled.

 

“It’s ultra-nationalistic, that’s what,” she barked at me in a loud enough voice to draw the attention of the other congregants milling about. Her face was red with rage. “Israel is oppressing the Palestinians, and you’re publishing Zionist posters!” To say I was dumbfounded would be an understatement. Not to mention amused.

 

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When little dreams come true

 

Dr. David Breakstone, June 20, 2013

The Jerusalem Post

 

Yesterday I reached out from my bedroom balcony and plucked a sweet, ripe fig from a tree growing two stories below. Shehecheyanu. It was the first time I was able to do that.

 

The tiny sapling I had planted several years ago had finally grown tall enough. A little dream come true.

 

Hailing from New York and having never seen one growing up, I’ve been enamored of Israel’s fig trees since my first trip here in 1970. I suppose it has something to do with biblical associations and the prophetic promise of days to come when we will have little else to do but to recline in their shade, enjoying the blessings of peace and prosperity. So a fig tree, in a little garden in the Land of Israel over which I would have sovereignty, has long represented for me the realization of the Zionist dream. On a small scale, of course.

 

Still, having fulfilled that aspiration is not something I take for granted, certainly not after 40 years of longing. Nor should all the wonders characterizing this country be anything that any of us takes for granted, certainly not after two millennia of yearning.



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Keep Dreaming: It’s Greek to me...

 

Dr. David Breakstone, May 23, 2013

The Jerusalem Post

 

 

From time to time I’m granted a glimpse of the future. It’s one of the perks of my job. Sometimes it’s rosy. Sometimes it’s gray. More often than not the hues intermingle; a sunset on an overcast horizon, or perhaps a sunrise on a cloudy day.

 

Most recently I got a preview of things to come in ancient Greece. I was there for a seminar of Zionist youth movement counselors hailing from several countries in Europe – members of the next generation to whom tomorrow has been entrusted. We were in Athens as an expression of solidarity with this small Jewish community that is going through particularly rough times due to the economic hardships facing the country as a whole. Flashes of what I got to see: The Beth Shalom synagogue. On March 24, 1944, the Jews of Athens were summoned here by their Nazi occupiers. Once inside, the doors shut behind them. Those who hadn’t come of their own volition were arrested in their homes and shops, eventually to be herded onto trains headed for Auschwitz, there to perish along with a full 87 percent of the 78,000- strong Greek Jewish community.

 

 

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 The weakening of the Israel-Diaspora connection

 

Yehiel Wasserman, May 1, 2013

The Jerusalem Post

 

 

The prophets of Israel envisaged the return of the Jewish people to their homeland from the four corners of the earth. However, 65 years after the establishment of the Jewish state, the reality is quite different than what they had dreamed.

Demographic, social and religious changes among the Jewish people over the past century have influenced cultural and religious ideologies in Israel and in the Diaspora.

Jewish communities that existed for hundreds of years have disappeared or dwindled.

 

 

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Basking in our bounty of discontent

 

Dr. David Breakstone, April 25, 2013

The Jerusalem Post

 

 

Shimon Peres vs Ben-Zoma. To the latter is ascribed the age-old adage that true wealth comes from being content with one’s lot, a maxim that, until last week, I had never thought to contest.

Then along comes our indefatigable president in an Independence Day interview with Channel 2’s Rina Matzliah and, in his own inimitable way, challenges the ancient wisdom of our sages.

As he is approaching the age of 90, and with the life experience he has amassed, I don’t begrudge him the right to do so.

Still, I found his observation on the matter a bit unsettling.

It had to do with what he believes to be the loftiest blessing our people have bequeathed to the human race. Not monotheism. Not the Bible. Not even drip irrigation or some newfangled hitech innovation. No.

 

 

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Women of the Kotel: Issue Turned into a Circus 


Gusti Yehoshua Braverman, April 14, 2013

Haaretz

 

So – a compromise or an outline was established. Hence, even an apparent solution. Chairman of The Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky, appointed by the Prime Minister to find a solution to the conflict in the KOTEL Square (Wailing Wall) between those who support women’s prayer in the central square wearing prayer shawls and holding holy scriptures and those who oppose it – is soon due to submit his recommendations to the Prime Minister, following long consultations with Diaspora Jewry.

 

 

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A Visit to the Herzl Museum: Don’t Miss It

 

Rabbi Tzvi Graetz, April 14, 2013

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During the recent Passover holiday, my children and I had the opportunity to visit the Herzl Museum and the Education Center which stands alongside it on Har Herzl. The Museum is wholly interactive and very hi-tech, making use of all of the bells and whistles of modern technology to tell the story of Herzl’s journey from dreamer to ideologue. My three kids were completely engaged at each stop along the way and they learned a lot about how Zionism came to be. We saw Herzl’s original desk in a reproduction of his study and we “attended” the First Zionist Conference, which was brilliantly staged.

 

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Apartheid, genocide and the slander of Zionism

 

Dr. David Breakstone, March 15, 2013

The Jerusalem Post

 

And the winner is... recently we had three from Ethiopia in a single week. The first was Yityish Titi Aynaw, a 21-year-old Ethiopian-born Israeli woman who was just crowned Miss Israel. Nine years ago she arrived here with her family and, at the tender age of 12, set out to surmount innumerable hurdles of culture, language and socialization on the way to her successful integration into Israeli society, exemplified by her serving as an officer during her stint in the Israel Defense Forces.

The other two were here as our guests. Abraham Kabeto Ketla and Mihiret Anamo Anotonios came in first place in the men’s and women’s categories, respectively, of the Jerusalem Marathon.

 

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Keep Dreaming: Between hope and despair

 

Dr. David Breakstone, February 14, 2013

The Jerusalem Post

 

 

"Stop referring to us as Diaspora Jews,” a leading Israel educator living overseas admonished us. “That’s not how we see ourselves.

 

We’re Jews living in North America, like you are Jews living in Israel.”

 

“It’s not the same,” replied an Israeli.

 

“Calling where you live ‘the Diaspora’ isn’t a put-down; it’s simply an expression of the special place that the Land of Israel has always held in Jewish tradition.

 

If Israel is our homeland then there has to be terminology that distinguishes between where I live and where you live that is different from the way in which we distinguish between Jewish life in Canada and Argentina. Otherwise we’re denying the unique claim that the land of our forebears has on us.

 

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Keep Dreaming: Between hope and despair


Dr. David Breakstone, January 17, 2013

The Jerusalem Post

 

"New Year’s Eve, 2063. Israel is 115 years old. The Jewish state is much as it was in 2013, only more so.”

 

So began Daniel Gordis’s New Year’s prediction of things to come in the decades ahead (“New Year’s Eve, 2063,” December 28). He went on to present two scenarios in which we might find ourselves 50 years hence, neither one offering much to look forward to and neither one of which, he pointedly noted, included a settlement with the Palestinians. And for that, I hold him accountable for betraying the Zionist dream.

 

Without such a settlement, and without any sense of urgency about reaching one, we are, at best, doomed to continue muddling along – and at worst, to disappearing.

 

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Keep dreaming: Beinart's good old-fashioned Zionism

 

Dr. David Breakstone, December 20, 2012

The Jerusalem Post

 

Engaged as I am in a lifelong struggle to keep my weight under control, I refuse to get on the scale after any occasion on which I know I’ve eaten way beyond what I should have. Which means I haven’t weighed myself for a week now.

 

Do I think by not looking down at those discouraging digits on the dial, I will eliminate the unwanted pounds brought on by latkes and doughnuts? Of course not, but it does allow me to avoid confronting truths that I prefer not to deal with.

 

For much the same reason, if I’d known what I was in for, I might never have opened Peter Beinart’s The Crisis of Zionism.

 

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 UN Vote on Palestine Should Lead to Two State Negotiations

 

Ameinu Blog, November 29, 2012

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Ameinu, the leading progressive Zionist membership organization in North America, notes the passing of the United Nations resolution in favor of granting non-member observer status for the Palestinians. The resolution was adopted by the UN General Assembly on Thursday November 29 by a vote of 138 to 9 with 41 abstentions.

 

Ameinu urges that there be no recriminations against any of the parties in the wake of the UN vote.”Despite their votes against the resolution, it is imperative for the governments of Israel and the United States not to punish the Palestinian Authority (PA) for this diplomatic maneuver,” said Ameinu President Kenneth Bob. “At this time, the PA should be strengthened and supported by the Israel and US. Punishing the PA by freezing its funds or threatening to close the PLO offices in Washington is counterproductive and will only play into the hands of the forces in the region who do not seek peace,” he continued.

 

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Bonding With Braverman

 

Barry Davis, November 26, 2012

The Jerusalem Post

 

Gusti Yehoshua Braverman is a busy woman. I am meeting with her at the Herzl Center in Jerusalem after she kindly rearrenged a previous appointment to fit me in before she embarks on yet another transatlantic hop ahead of the anniversary of the November ,29 ,1947 UN vote on the establishment of the State of Israel.

 

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Keep Dreaming: Creating a virtual Iron Dome

 

Dr. David Breakstone, November 22, 2012

The Jerusalem Post

 

Jewish history isn’t what it used to be. Talk to a sampling of next-generation Jews and you’ll discover that the Holocaust is “something we have to prevent from happening in Darfur” and that the Six Day War is “the beginning of the occupation.”

They may be right, but they are also wrong. In the 70- plus years since the one and the 45 years since the other, the former has been universalized and the latter demythicized to the point where those under 35 and those over 65 no longer speak of these events in the same language.

 

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Negating the Diaspora at our peril

 

Gusti Yehoshua Braverman, November 21, 2012

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs, head of the Reform Judaism movement in North America, recently called on Diaspora Jews to protest Israeli discrimination against women and the non-Orthodox. Speaking at the recent General Assembly of Jewish Federations of North America, Rabbi Jacobs also called on Diaspora Jewry to open the discussion of Israel to a wider range of opinions. Some people consider Jacobs' remarks to be...


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Shavit aims to increase awareness of Reform in Israel

 

Frances Kraft, Staff Reporter, November 19, 2012

The Canadian Jewish News

 

Although the Reform movement in Israel has grown in recent years to 37 congregations, 55 preschools, five elementary schools and two high schools, its biggest issue remains creating more awareness among Israelis.

Yaron Shavit, chair of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), would like more Israelis to recognize that “there is another option to connect with their Jewish heritage, rather than the Orthodox option which they choose not to connect to. Our biggest potential is within the chilonim [secular Israelis] like myself.”

 

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 Code Red journal: With what shall my granddaughter be blessed?

 

Dr. David Breakstone, November 18, 2012

Times of Israel

 

hursday evening. I have just returned from a working trip to the States. I get into my car and anxiously turn on the radio. The broadcast is interrupted repeatedly by announcements of rockets being fired from Gaza, each followed by a recitation of the towns, villages, and cities being targeted, giving those living there just moments to take cover.

I take advantage of the drive home from the airport to check in with family and friends, from Ashkelon to Ashdod, and hear the same stories from all of them. Fitful nights and harrowing days punctuated by barrages of missiles and running to shelters. The near impossibility of maintaining any semblance of normalcy. In the twelve hours it took me to fly from New York to Tel Aviv they have had to contend with more than 100 missiles, more than 300 since Hamas opened its latest offensive against Israel earlier this week.

 

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