The commemoration of Selichot outlines the High Holiday agenda and sets the tone for the holiest day of the year in Judaism. As is its custom, Glencoe's Aitz Hayim for Jewish Living takes a provocative approach to the holiday. This year, from 7-9:00 PM on Saturday evening September 1, Aitz Hayim will use the occasion of Selichot to explore whether Israel and American Jews are moving in opposite directions. The event will take place at the Infinity Foundation, 1280 Old Skokie Road, Highland Park. Leading the discussion will be Joel Braunold, who combines both effective activism and a profound appreciation of what Jewish democratic values can be. He heads the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP). This organization of 100 groups brings stability and hope to the region through humanitarian projects that connect people. In addition to non-government organizations, it works with the U.S. State Department, the National Security Council and Congress. If you read anything hopeful … [Read more...] about Glencoe’s Aitz Hayim to Examine Whether Israel and American Jews are Moving in Opposite Directions
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Middle East Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by ByIsabel Kershner Aug. 9, 2018 JERUSALEM — After a lull in the latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas on Thursday, militants in Gaza fired a rocket toward the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, a major population center about 25 miles away, for the first time since the last war in 2014. In response, Israeli missiles flattened a five-story building in western Gaza City, injuring 18 people, according to Gaza health officials. Israel said the building was used by Hamas’s security forces for military purposes. The Palestinians said it was a center for the arts, housing a theater and a library, as well as an office serving Egyptians residing in Gaza. The sharp blows left many wondering if these were the final shots ushering in a new, if fragile, cease-fire, or the opening shots … [Read more...] about Israel and Hamas Trade Blows Again. Was That a Negotiating Tactic?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Middle East Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by ByIsabel Kershner Aug. 8, 2018 JERUSALEM — Talk of a long-term cease-fire between Israel and the Hamas rulers of Gaza was abruptly interrupted by cross-border fire late Wednesday and early Thursday as the Israeli military traded blows with Palestinian militants, the latest in a series of recent sharp clashes. Hours into the exchange, the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said that a pregnant woman, Inas Khammash, and her 18-month-old daughter had been killed in an airstrike that hit their home in Deir el-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. An Israeli military spokeswoman could not immediately comment on the report of civilian casualties. Palestinian militant groups fired about 70 rockets and mortar shells at southern Israel by midnight, according to the Israeli military. Most landed in open … [Read more...] about Renewed Fire Between Israel and Gaza Interrupts Talk of Cease-Fire
World International Affairs Russia's envoy to Israel told local media Monday that his country had no intention of expelling Iranian forces from Syria and, even if it wanted to do so, it would not be capable. Russian Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov defended Iran's presence in Syria, where Moscow has joined Tehran in supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against a 2011 uprising. Neighboring Israel has grown increasingly complacent with longtime foe Assad's retaking of the country and has worked with Russia since its 2015 intervention, but has vehemently rejected Iran's role in the conflict, which Viktorov argued was crucial. "They are playing a very, very important role in our common and joint effort to eliminate terrorists in Syria. That is why, for this period of time, we see as non-realistic any demands to expel any foreign troops from the entirety of the Syrian Arab Republic," Viktorov told Israel's Channel 10 news outlet in comments carried by Reuters. "We can … [Read more...] about Russia Says It ‘Cannot’ Kick Iran Out of Syria Like Israel and U.S. Want
By Felicia Schwartz Felicia Schwartz The Wall Street Journal BiographyFelicia Schwartz @felschwartz [email protected] Updated July 22, 2018 2:41 p.m. ET 3 COMMENTS TEL AVIV—Israel’s military said late Sunday it fired toward a group of Palestinians in Gaza launching flaming balloons into Israeli territory, an incident that posed a challenge to a fragile cease-fire between Israel and Gaza ruler Hamas over the weekend. The truce came after an Israel soldier was killed and Israel responded on Friday with a wide-scale attack on militant targets inside the Gaza Strip, in which three members of the militant group were killed. A fourth Palestinian was killed the same day by Israeli security forces during one of the weekly demonstrations at the Israeli-Gaza border. It wasn’t clear whether Sunday’s exchange was a minor flare-up or an incident that could undermine the cease-fire, which had eased immediate concerns of an escalation of the conflict. … [Read more...] about Fragile Cease-Fire Between Israel and Hamas Faces Test