14
Apr

Romeo and Juliet Brings Teens Together in Israel

(Photo: H. Parker Rolfe, Bryn Mawr College)

(Photo: H. Parker Rolfe, Bryn Mawr College)

A production of William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, has not only captured the imaginations of Israeli teens, it has brought youth of all backgrounds together and made them think about settling conflict and achieving peace. The Times of Israel reports that a British production of the play has been enjoyed in the Holy Land, and has broadened the young minds of Jews, Muslims, and Christians:

“That’s the great thing about this play,” (director Paul) Stebbings said. “It’s not just the tragedy about two people who kill themselves. It’s about how their death causes a reconciliation. We forget that in the romance.… I can only say that (the audience) should be able to see that conflict is not as important as the…

   
Posted in: Christians / Israel / Jews
14
Apr

The Racism of BDS

(Photo: flickr/ Takver)

(Photo: flickr/ Takver)

Anthony Hardy Williams – a state senator, civil-rights activist, and leader in the African-American community – takes the BDS movement to task for racism. While BDS would like to see itself as progressive, it too often resorts to prejudice, as in its recent attacks on Chloé Simone Valdary, an African-American undergraduate student who is also the founder of a pro-Israel organization:

Just as Jews stood with African-Americans during the fight for civil rights in the 1960s, so too must we as leaders of the Black community stand together today with Chloé Simone Valdary, on the one hand, and the Jewish community, on the other hand.

Don’t dismiss this incident as a one-off. It represents a deeply troubling trend in an anti-Israel movement that goes way beyond honest criticism of Israeli…

   
Posted in: African Americans / Allies of Israel Association / Anthony Hardy Williams
31
Mar

An Israeli-American Student Against BDS


Last week, two American universities were faced with pro-BDS resolutions, each of which ended with different results. The University of Michigan struck down a proposed divestment resolution, while Chicago’s Loyola University passed one (which its student body president then vetoed). This short video shows a young woman share her own thoughts and experiences on Israel, in opposition to Michigan’s anti-Israel proposal.

Posted in: BDS / Chicago / Israel
25
Mar

A Spiritual Awakening in Tel Aviv

(Photo: flickr/ Vladimir-911)

(Photo: flickr/ Vladimir-911)

Every Tuesday in southern Tel Aviv, more than two hundred people pack into a small synagogue to hear the brilliant biblical commentary of Rabbi Haim Hacohen. The rabbi delves into the inner meaning of Scripture, Jewish mysticism, and classical Jewish texts. Rabbi Haim, who is in his eighties, has attracted a large following of both religious and non-religious Jews, all searching for a deeper understanding of their faith and their connection to God, His Torah, and the land and people of Israel.

The Tuesday evening classes are about three hours long, and almost always include discussions about what Israel and the world lost with the destruction of the Holy Temple and the exile of the Jewish people, and how the redemption will usher in a new era of prophecy and universal awareness of…

   
Posted in: Ami Farkas / bible / Habakkuk
4
Mar

Bibi’s AIPAC Speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C, this morning.

Netanyahu spoke at length on Iran and its nuclear aspirations, saying, “The only thing that Iran sends abroad are rockets, terrorists and missiles to murder, maim, and menace the innocent.”

He then quoted the head of Hezbollah, who said the terror organization would win because “Iran and Hezbollah love death and Israel loves life.” But Netanyahu was quick to point out that Israel would be victorious because “It’s precisely because we love life that Israel shall…

   
Posted in: AIPAC 2014 / Algemeiner / BDS