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Israel & Judaism through a Fresh Lens
Israel & Judaism through a Fresh Lens

The Soapbox

If two Jews have three opinions, what about a few hundred Gap Year students and teachers? Gather round for ideas, thoughts and Israel experiences.

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Whatever happened to Religious Zionism?

Is a hotdog a sandwich? Is a bowl of chili a kind of soup? Odd questions, but not so easy to answer. Sometimes definitions are elusive, and you have to go back to fundamentals find them. I’d like to argue that one can be a Zionist who is religious, but that doesn’t automatically make them a religious Zionist.

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Emily Firestone's Boston University Op-Ed

To read the full article, PLEASE click this link! It will support Emily's effort to speak out on campus for Israel! Below is the article as it was published, but go to the BU website for the rest.

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"And what is Aleppo?"

 

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On my way to Campus: Core18 to CAMERA

 by Emily Firestone

I returned from my gap year in Israel in June. Ever since, I have been busy with various preparations for my next stage in life, college. Naturally as a pro-Israel advocate, leadership training is part of my summer. Earlier in the summer I attended AIPAC

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Tu B'Av: An Expression of Jewish Renewal

Would you like to go to a "Love and Wine Festival"? Or maybe a "Night of Love by the Sea of Galilee Festival" or perhaps "Between the Vineyards Festival"?  My personal favorite, "Night of Love in the Desert Ashram Festival".  All of these festivals, plus hundreds of others, will be happening in Israel on the same day, Thursday night August 18th to Friday the 19th.   What is so special about this date that one could literally crisscross our tiny country for 24 hours visiting festivals?  It is actually the significance of the Hebrew date, Tu b'Av, the 15th day of the month of Av when the moon is full.

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The Herzl Hypothesis

I think that there is a basic principle of the Zionist argument that is often misunderstood. Daniel Gordis misrepresented it in his powerful column in the New York Daily News. Arguing that three murdered Israeli teens were killed because they were Jews, Gordis states,

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Dueling Narratives

The Middle East is a complicated neighbourhood, often making it difficult for Westerners to understand. However, there are two conflicting outlooks that lie at the heart of the Arab/Israeli conflict. To understand this disagreement is to hold the key to understanding all aspects of this lasting crisis. It comes down to this: 

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