22
Sep

College Student Survey: Israel Is “Most Crucial Issue” for Young Jews

(Photo: wikicommons/ א.ינאי)

(Photo: wikicommons/ א.ינאי)

A new survey of Jewish college students provides some interesting findings, including the importance of Israel and the Holocaust on one’s identity as a Jew:

Barry Kosmin and Ariela Keysar at the Trinity College Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture have released the preliminary findings of a survey of Jewish students on college campuses, New Voices reports.

Not surprisingly, the results point to similar trends as the Pew Research Center’s 2013 Portrait of Jewish Americans, but there are some significant differences that show how Jewish life in America is slowly changing, particularly among Millennials …

Sixty percent of college-aged students said that “remembering the Holocaust” was “very important” to being Jewish, whereas 73 percent of Pew respondents said it was…

   
Posted in: college life / Israel / Jewcy
17
Sep

The Hippest Commandment

(Photo: wikicommons/יעקב)

(Photo: wikicommons/יעקב)

With Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) this year comes shmita, the biblical commandment that every seven years fields should lie fallow. This article from Haaretz says that many young people are using this traditional commandment to be socially conscious:

Letting the land rest for a year, waiving rights to private property and forgiving past debts – all marvelous ideas in theory, but hard to apply in modern times …

When Rosh Hashanah begins next week, so too will a new year of shmita, a concept first mentioned in the Book of Exodus: Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its produce, but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave, the beasts of the field may eat.

But as…

   
Posted in: commandments / Haaretz / Israel
16
Sep

Remembering Steven

(Photo: facebook)

(Photo: facebook)

Ever since the video of American journalist Steven Sotloff’s beheading became public, I have not been able to shake the image of Steven kneeling before the camera in an orange jumpsuit, as a knife-wielding psychopath dressed in black threatens the free world before murdering an innocent man against the backdrop of a desert landscape. I was shocked and deeply disturbed when the beheading of the other American journalist, James Foley, came out, but something about the images of Steven Sotloff’s murder at the hands of ISIS refused to leave my mind.

I had this gut feeling that I must have met Steven at one time, but I couldn’t remember where or when. The truth is, though I’m certain I never met James Foley, I feel like I know him. We both grew up in the…

   
Posted in: Ami Farkas / IS / ISIS
9
Sep

Chloe Valdary: Christian, Black, Rising Star of Pro-Israel Activism

(Photo: Twitter)

(Photo: Twitter)

Earlier this year, 4Zion told you about Chloe Valdary, a young woman who has courageously taken a stand for the Jewish state and its people, even when her peers disagree and even attack her. Now The Times of Israel brings this piece on Ms. Valdary, a brave new voice for Israel:

Growing up in New Orleans, Chloe Valdary kept kosher, studied the Jewish Bible and celebrated Jewish holidays with festive meals. In recent years she has become an outspoken pro-Israel campus activist, contributing regularly to the Jewish press, and speaking and posting widely about the merits of the Jewish state on social media.

But the senior at the University of New Orleans is not Jewish. She is Christian — a member of the Intercontinental Church of God, whose adherents revere…

   
Posted in: African Americans / Anti-Israel Bias / Chloe Valdary
2
Sep

A Vocal Celebration of Home

The Maccabeats’ latest video, shot in New York City and Jerusalem, is a medley of 12 songs about home. What a great celebration of the ceasefire and return to relative peace in the Holy Land.

Posted in: a cappella / Israel / Maccabeats