Why You’re Over There And Not Back Home

An open letter to the lone soldiers of the IDF.

08/04/2014 - 20:00

Dear Chayalim Bodedim (Lone Soldiers),

Until Michael Levin, the paratrooper from Philadelphia, was killed in August 2006, almost nobody knew who we were.

Joel Chasnoff

Do Israelis Know How Much We Really Care?

08/04/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Some mid-summer reflections:

I wonder if Israelis know how emotionally involved many American Jews are with the current fighting in Gaza. Do they know that for those of us who love Israel, Gaza is the only thing we seem able to talk about when we go out to dinner or stay home with the family or speak on the phone? Do they know that we weep with them at the loss of each IDF soldier, or that the news from Israel is the first thing we turn to in our newspapers (and rue the unfair coverage) and the last thing we Google about before going to bed? Do they know that we can almost hear the rocket sirens go off in our heads and feel the rush of fear they experience as they run to shelters?

Francine Klagsbrun

Hamas Is The Enemy, But What Have We Become?

Hamas is a cruel and cynical enemy, but as an IDF veteran, I ask if Israel has lost respect for human life.

08/03/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It has been almost four weeks since the military operation “Protective Edge” commenced in Gaza, and the region yearns for quiet. Three civilians were killed at the hands of Hamas Militants and the rockets they fire at Israeli population centers, in the time these sentences were written.

Yehuda Shaul

Does Hamas Manipulate Casualty Figures To Gain World Sympathy?

07/30/2014 - 20:00
The Media Line

The latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas extends far beyond the urban warfare playing out in the cities and towns of the Gaza Strip; the Israeli cities targeted by waves of Palestinian rockets; and the seek-and-destroy mission of locating and eradicating the elaborate and intricate network of tunnels revealed to extend deep into Israeli territory and beneath southern Israeli communities.

Israel Diary: Comforting The Wounded, Worrying About Family

07/30/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

This is not the first time I’ve come to Israel during war, but this time is different. I’m here not only because I love Israel; I’m here as a father, a grandfather with two grandsons in the IDF – one on an air force base, doing important defense work, and one in Gaza, putting his life on the line with thousands of others in Operation Protective Edge. It is excruciating to witness the concern of my daughter, Elana, and son-in-law, Michael. Their minds and hearts are preoccupied every moment about the well being of their son in Gaza, as are parents and family members of thousands of Israeli soldiers.

Who’s Afraid Of Hamas?

07/29/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

My children spent the day recently on the Gaza border giving out popsicles to the soldiers going into battle. Of course, to cover all the religious bases, and because we are a Chabad family, they also put on tefillin with the soldiers.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Life Under Fire

07/28/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Rehovot — As an American-born, 29-year-old journalist living in this central Israeli city, I’ve encountered the same existential dilemma each night for several weeks now: Is it safe to take a shower now?

Sharon Udasin

What I Learned From ‘Ace,’ A Philanthropic Giant

07/28/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In the foreword to Alan “Ace” Greenberg’s book “Memos From The Chairman,” Warren Buffet wrote:  “Ace Greenberg does almost everything better than I do — bridge, magic tricks, dog training, arbitrage — all the important things in life.”  

Alan C. Greenberg, beloved Jewish philanthropist, dies at age 86. UJA-Federation

How J Street Shows Solidarity With Israel

07/27/2014 - 20:00

The past two weeks have been agonizing, terrifying and humbling. As we have watched the violence in Israel and in Gaza escalate, it has been hard not to feel angry, sad and worst of all powerless.

A Round Of Golf In A Time Of War

A father, a son in the IDF and the 18 holes that weren’t.

07/22/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It was supposed to have been a father-son getaway, a long-awaited retreat of five days of golf and bonding. While many would guess Myrtle Beach, in coastal South Carolina, or the more-exotic Scotland, our destination was actually Israel. As unusual as that may sound, it is because my son Max currently lives there and serves as a platoon sergeant in the IDF’s Golani Brigade.

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