Israeli Defense Forces

IDF Lone Soldiers: The Road Less Travelled

02/23/2016 - 16:05
Write On For Israel

A shout pierced the air, and our eyes widened, trying to make out the approaching shapes in the distance. Shadows swirled through the smoke like ghosts, until the dark shapes finally burst through the smoky haze and into the pale light of the street lamps, revealing exhausted but triumphant, chanting soldiers. Some of the soldiers donned crow masks, representing their unit: Aref (crow). Their enthusiasm was infectious, and we found ourselves cheering them on as they sprinted past us, exerting their greatest effort in these last steps. 

The Write On For Israel students visiting IDF soldiers on their last day of training. JW/Linda Scherzer

Israeli Defense Forces Spokesperson Peter Lerner’s Guide To Combat Israel’s Media Relations

02/23/2016 - 15:52
Write On For Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel- IDF Spokesman Peter Lerner spoke eloquently about his ideals on Monday, February 15th to a group of 43 students in the Write On For Israel program, seven of them from MetroWest. He opened his speech with a brief explanation of the role of the spokespersons unit in ensuring good public relations between the international community and the IDF.

Write On For Israel students hear from IDF Spokesman, Peter Lerner. Linda Scherzer/JW

For Israel, A Difficult Season Of Reckoning

09/30/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The season of reckoning is upon us. This is the time of the High Holy Days, when we are called upon to go into introspection mode and identify particular sins of commission or omission. Jewish tradition calls upon us to repent and to make amends.

Rabbi Sid Schwarz

Tweeting the Flotilla Attack

Peter Beinart's essay "The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment" in The New York Review of Books argues that most of the mainstream American Jewish organizations have abandoned liberalism on the issues of the Middle East and are responsible for a generation of young Jews who hold no connection to Israel.

Palestinian members of Hamas naval police prepare for arrival of flotilla
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