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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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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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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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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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The Olympic Games: Tamir Goodman on Representing Your Country Through Sport

By Tamir Goodman

With the Olympic Games on my mind, I have been thinking about how the Israeli athletes must feel as they represent Israel at the highest level of their sport. I also recall how the Olympics, specifically the Munich Games, played a role in my own training when I was playing basketball for

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Connecting with Israel through the UN Partition Vote

“It was the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in 1947, and Abba Eban and the Jewish Agency delegation to the United Nations were concerned. A preliminary vote showed that the Zionists did not have enough support to pass the Partition Plan.

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Israel Engagement: A Messy Venture

By Scott Copeland

This article appeared in the October 30, 2017, edition of eJewishPhilanthropy.

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A New Immigrant, a New Life (and New Business Hours)

By Emily Berg

In 2016, the Knesset passed a bill to observe יום העלייה‎ (Yom HaAliyah), or Aliyah Day. On October 27, 2017, the first Aliyah Day was observed throughout the country, celebrating Jewish immigration to Israel.

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The Individuality of Being Connected

By Shalom Orzach

This article appeared in the October 8, 2017, edition of eJewish Philanthropy. Shalom Orzach is a senior educator and consultant for The iCenter.

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