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Barbra Streisand’s Israel Omission

by Ron Skolnik MILLIONS of American Jews have traditionally regarded Israel as the ultimate backup plan. While relatively few have chosen to live there (and many of those who do end up returning to America), Israel has always been cherished as a place of refuge, the go-to country if, Heaven forbid, the situation in the […]

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Growing Up in Israel, Part 1

We Were Not Zionists by Ilana Masad Read other installments in this series here. THERE ARE MANY REASONS why people move to Israel. For some, it is getting away from oppressive countries or economies and coming to a place where they automatically get citizenship. For others, there is a deep connection to the idea of […]

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First Cousins — A Visit to Israel in Verse

by Marc Kaminsky From the Autumn, 2014 issue of Jewish Currents YOU’VE COME to the Land of Israel late — you’re nearly seventy — what took you so long? And you think you know something about us? You crossed the great distance between your own life and ours on a direct flight in a pressure-controlled […]

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December 19: The Third Aliyah

The third wave of Jewish emigration to Palestine began on this date in 1921 with the arrival in the port of Jaffa of the SS Ruslam with 671 people aboard. This Third Aliyah, which lasted for four years and brought more than 35,000 Jews to Palestine, mostly from Russia and Poland, was prompted by the […]

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Once Removed: Discovering an Israeli Cousin

by David Laskin The man who greeted me at the door to the tract house was a large, awkward stranger, barrel-chested, 60, with a thick accent and a gruff manner.  I shook his hand and looked around at the cramped living room, spotless but drab. I scanned his face for signs of family resemblance and […]

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