Living in a Gloomy Fantasy: A Wartime Diary

Fighting for our existence also makes us remember that nothing is taken for granted. Photo by Nathan Roi; ©The Jewish Agency.

Fighting for our existence also makes us remember that nothing is taken for granted. Photo by Nathan Roi; ©The Jewish Agency.

by Inbal Freund-Novick

For me, this time is very difficult. We lost my cousin Noam z”l during the Second Lebanon war, his memorial day is coming up in about 10 days and this year I won’t be able to be there as I am so pregnant…

Anytime there is some conflict here I feel like it’s going to hit close to home, I think we all feel like it as Israel is such a small country and as we all know each other. This why we stand united so firmly at this time. We are sending the best ones out there. Each of them falling in battle is a terrible loss of whole worlds.

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In Israel, What Community Means

Alan Gill July 2014by Alan H. Gill

July 29, 2014: As the war against Hamas continues – with more lives tragically lost, continuous rocket attacks, terrorist infiltration attempts, and ceasefires that come and go – I want to share with you three scenes from the last several days here that underscore, for me, the meaning of community and resilience during wartime.

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As of Today

life in Israel w/bombs

by Efrat Bron-Harlev July 31, 2014 As of today, we have 59 of our sons killed in this war. As of today, we all hear sirens and look to the sky to see the magic of the Iron Dome protecting us. As of today, ten minutes later, we simply … [Continue reading]

Delivering Hope to Jews Fleeing, and Staying, in Eastern Ukraine

Even amidst the ongoing crisis, a little boy finds comfort in a new stuffed animal (May 2014); courtesy JDC.

by Ofer Glanz When an endless stream of breaking news competes for our limited time and attention, some stories fall between the cracks - like that of the war in Eastern Ukraine, afire with constant shelling, electricity cuts, shortages of food … [Continue reading]