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Reflections on the Upcoming Elections

By Shalom Orzach

The period leading up to the elections in Israel will occur between Chanukkah and shortly after Purim. I cannot help thinking about the symbolism in this juxtaposition. The story of Chanukkah together with the celebratory songs composed in Israel so speak to the story of the creation of the State.

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Yom Hamishpacha, Israel's Modern Valentine's Day

By Sophie Fellman Rafalovitz

Having lived in the US for four years on Shlichut and then being back in Israel for six years, I had forgotten what it feels like here when “secular” holidays roll around. Christmas and Easter are pretty clear cut, they “don’t belong to us”. Valentine’s Day and Halloween sort of do, but then there is that tension…do we do it? Don’t we? Do we but feel funny about it?

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What (or Which) Stories Do We Tell?

By Shalom Orzach
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Tekufat Hashanah: Bring On The Rain

By Dan Brosgol
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An Opportunity for Ahavat Chinam

By Rachel Smith-Savaya, Jewish Agency for Israel Shlicha to The iCenter

The Old City on Shavu’ot was one of the highlights and the low points of my gap year. It was the late 90’s: I was 18-years-old, studying in a Midrasha (מדרשה), a seminary.

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What Actually Happened When Israeli Independence was Declared?

The late Arieh Handler was the only British citizen in the room when Israeli independence was declared. The Jewish Chronicle's Colin Shindler spoke to him in 1998.

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Judaism as Popular Culture

By Rachel Smith-Savaya, Jewish Agency for Israel Shlicha to The iCenter

Not long after I made aliyah, I was staffing a trip in the North of Israel. I got to my hotel room after a long day of hiking, and relaxed in front of the TV. The idea was to totally switch off, and yet from a random commercial, I was suddenly very "on". I had one of those "ah ha, only in Israel moments". What was so special about the commercial?

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The Weekest Link

By Shalom Orzach

Shavu'ot wheat graphicThe period of counting the Omer should enable us to keep account of time if not ideas. Its climax (

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Leket: Then and Now

Megillat Ruth (מְגִלַּת רוּת, “Scroll of Ruth”) is traditionally read on Shavu’ot. It talks of a family: Avimelech, Naomi, and their two sons, Machlon and Kilyon. They leave the Land of Israel when famine strikes and settle in the Land of Moab.

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A Humble Hero

"Whosoever saves a single life, saves an entire universe"
(Mishnah, Sanhedrin 4:5)

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