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Learn to Recite the Prayer for the State of Israel

Learn to Recite the Prayer for the State of Israel

This minute-long video presents a Hebrew reading of the traditional Prayer for the State of Israel customarily recited in synagogues during Shabbat morning services. The reader, Richard Seiger, chants the prayer with a subtle tune, using pronunciation typical of Ashkenazi Orthodox communities in North America. Students

Want to make Tahini? It’s Easy, delicious, and super healthy.

Want to make Tahini? It’s Easy, delicious, and super healthy.

Tahini, made from ground sesame seeds, is a nutrient-rich healthy dip which is very popular in Israel. This video from the Haaretz YouTube channel shows how quick and simple it is to make. Creamy and flavorful , tahini can be eaten with pita, an omelette, rice-dishes,

A simple recipe for Homemade Pita

A simple recipe for Homemade Pita

Learn how to make Israel’s favorite and most versatile bread, pita, with this video [06:48] from Chef John on the Food Wishes channel. Though pita is often sold in stores, fresh hot pita off the grill is much tastier and authentic! Try this simple recipe

How to make Shakshuka–easier than it seems

How to make Shakshuka–easier than it seems

This video [01:12] from the Haaretz YouTube channel, illustrates how to make the North African dish, Shakshuka, a flavorful mix of of spiced tomatoes, onions, red peppers, and poached eggs.To see the instructions and ingredient list for this tasty breakfast meal, click here. 

How to Make Israeli Salad

How to Make Israeli Salad

You’ll find Israeli salad in almost every restaurant, home, or family get together– it’s a staple in the quintessential  Israeli meal. Watch this video from Haaretz’s YouTube channel to find out how to make this simple and refreshing salad. To get the full list of

How to Make Delicious Homemade Hummus

How to Make Delicious Homemade Hummus

This video [03:56], from Adam and Joanne’s inspiredtaste.net, reveals the secret to making fresh, homemade, creamy hummus. Bring the taste of Israel home with you by preparing this simple, easy to follow recipe. Click here to see the list of ingredients and instructions.

How to use the Start-Up Nation Finder

How to use the Start-Up Nation Finder

This short video [01:36] by Start-up Nation Central, shows users how to navigate the Start-up Nation Finder, a free online platform which offers up-to-date information on Israel’s innovation ecosystem. The site helps users find the personalized information they need about each company, and the latest deals

Israeli Recipes for Yom Ha’atzmaut

Israeli Recipes for Yom Ha’atzmaut

This link provides a selection of delicious recipes perfect for a festive Yom Ha’atzmaut BBQ, contributed by members of Israel’s Anglo community. 

Remembrance & Renewal: Yom Ha’atzmaut Activities for Children

Remembrance & Renewal: Yom Ha’atzmaut Activities for Children

This post presents a series of fun and educational games and activities about the history and significance of the State of Israel for children from ages 8-12. Created by the Bnei Akiva Religious Zionist youth group, these programs aim to help children understand why it was

Yom Ha’atzmaut Resources for Elementary School Students

Yom Ha’atzmaut Resources for Elementary School Students

This link from The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education provides educators with activities, lessons and resources that can be used to teach students from 1st-7th grade about Yom Ha’atzmaut. With maps, timelines, word searches, and coloring pages, these fun and educational resources can be used

HaTikvah: The National Anthem of the State of Israel

HaTikvah: The National Anthem of the State of Israel

This video presents Israel’s national anthem, HaTikvah (The Hope), with on-screen Hebrew, English and transliterated subtitles. Adapted from a poem written in 1877 by Naftali Herz Imber, a Jewish poet from Eastern Europe, the lyrics reflect the Jews’ 2,000-year-old hope of returning to the Land of Israel and

WUJS’s Thought Provoking Yom Ha’atzmaut Activities for Students

WUJS’s Thought Provoking Yom Ha’atzmaut Activities for Students

This link will take you to Yom Ha’atzmaut Activities, a site with several thought provoking activities that encourage students in the Diaspora to engage with Israel in a meaningful way. Written as full lesson plans, complete with a list of required materials and a step-by-step explanation of how to

Orthodox Evening Prayer Service for Yom Ha’atzmaut (English Excerpt)

Orthodox Evening Prayer Service for Yom Ha’atzmaut (English Excerpt)

This post presents an excerpt from the evening Yom Ha’atzmaut service from the Rinat Yisrael Siddur, popular among many Religious Zionist communities in Israel. A helpful guide for anyone who may be attending a similar service for the first time, this excerpt details popular customs, such as

Ideas for Booths at a Yom Ha’atzmaut Event

Ideas for Booths at a Yom Ha’atzmaut Event

This short post from The Center for Religious Affairs in the Diaspora and World Bnei Akiva provides a list of 17 ideas for booths and activities for a Yom Ha’atzmaut event. Although the list is written in poor English and does not contain detailed directions for many of the

Learn to Recite the First Paragraph of the Traditional Prayer for the State of Israel

Learn to Recite the First Paragraph of the Traditional Prayer for the State of Israel

This minute-long video presents a slow Hebrew reading of the first paragraph of the Prayer for the State of Israel customarily recited in synagogues during Shabbat morning services. While some congregations recite a longer version of this prayer, many only recite the first paragraph, as seen

An Introduction to Yom Ha’atzmaut and How to Celebrate

An Introduction to Yom Ha’atzmaut and How to Celebrate

This short article from the website of the Reform movement provides a brief introduction to Yom Ha’atzmaut and how it is celebrated in Israel, and then offers a few simple ways to celebrate this special day with friends and family anywhere in the world.  Yom HaAtzmaut

How to Create a Meaningful Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration

How to Create a Meaningful Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration

This article is a guide for how to create a meaningful Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration for your community without significant resources. Ideas include an Israel trivia game, a play, singing and music, and of course, food. This resource was created by the educational wing of the Jewish

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The Traditional Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel

The Traditional Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel

This post presents the English and Hebrew texts for the traditional Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel, which is often recited in Zionist synagogues on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The prayer requests divine protection and guidance for Israel and its leaders, and that the gathering of the exiled Jewish people

The Traditional Prayer for IDF Soldiers

The Traditional Prayer for IDF Soldiers

This post presents the English and Hebrew texts for the traditional prayer for the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, which is often recited in Zionist synagogues on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The prayer, composed by the late Chief Rabbi and Chief IDF Rabbi, Shlomo Goren, asks God to protect

The Masorti Movement’s Transitional Ceremony between Yom Ha’Zikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut

The Masorti Movement’s Transitional Ceremony between Yom Ha’Zikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut

This link opens up a PDF file of Twilight: Moving from Memorial to Independence, a ceremony written by the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel to mark the transition between Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut. This booklet, which contains readings, poems, meditations, prayers, stories, and a festive Ma’ariv

Yizkor: The Memorial Prayer in Honor of Yom HaZikaron

Yizkor: The Memorial Prayer in Honor of Yom HaZikaron

This post presents the Hebrew, English and transliterated text of the special Yizkor Memorial Prayer recited on Yom Hazikaron in honor of Israel’s fallen soldiers, security forces, and victims of terror. 

Prayer for the Women of the Wall

Prayer for the Women of the Wall

This post presents the Hebrew and English text for a special prayer written for the Women of the Wall, by Rahel Sharon Jaskow. The Women of the Wall is an organization that works to attain equality for women at the Western Wall through social advocacy,

Prayer for the Peace of Israel During Wartime

Prayer for the Peace of Israel During Wartime

This prayer for the peace of Israel during wartime was written by the late Rabbi Ron Aigen for T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. Rabbi Aigen was the senior rabbi of the Reconstructionist Congregation Dorshei Emet in Montreal and author of the Hadesh Yameinu Siddur, Mahzor, and Haggadah. This prayer was shared on Ritualwell,

A Prayer for Peace and Reconciliation for Israelis, Palestinians, and all People

A Prayer for Peace and Reconciliation for Israelis, Palestinians, and all People

This prayer for peace and reconciliation for Israelis, Palestinians, and all people was written by Rabbi Sam Feinsmith for T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. Rabbi Feinsmith is a Jewish educator, innovative prayer consultant, social justice activist, and the Program Director at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality in

An Original Yom Ha’atzmaut Amidah Prayer for Justice & Peace

An Original Yom Ha’atzmaut Amidah Prayer for Justice & Peace

This post offers 19 original prayers for Israel, based on the themes and structure of the 19-part Amidah prayer. The prayers were compiled by T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, an organization that calls on the power of the Jewish community to protect and advance human

A Sephardic Piyut for the Eve of Yom Ha’atzmaut

A Sephardic Piyut for the Eve of Yom Ha’atzmaut

This video presents Rabbi Moshe Elcharar singing a piyut (hymn) written by Rabbi Joseph Messas following Israel’s victory in the Six Day War in 1967. It is recited in some Sephardic synagogues in Jerusalem and Haifa after the Amidah prayer on the evening of Yom

WUJS’s Thought Provoking Yom Ha’atzmaut Activities for Students

WUJS’s Thought Provoking Yom Ha’atzmaut Activities for Students

This link will take you to Yom Ha’atzmaut Activities, a site with several thought provoking activities that encourage students in the Diaspora to engage with Israel in a meaningful way. Written as full lesson plans, complete with a list of required materials and a step-by-step explanation of how to

Orthodox Evening Prayer Service for Yom Ha’atzmaut (English Excerpt)

Orthodox Evening Prayer Service for Yom Ha’atzmaut (English Excerpt)

This post presents an excerpt from the evening Yom Ha’atzmaut service from the Rinat Yisrael Siddur, popular among many Religious Zionist communities in Israel. A helpful guide for anyone who may be attending a similar service for the first time, this excerpt details popular customs, such as

Reading the Israeli Declaration of Independence on Yom Ha’atzmaut

Reading the Israeli Declaration of Independence on Yom Ha’atzmaut

This post presents the Hebrew and English texts of the ritual Declaration of Independence reading suggested by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer, a musician and poet who believes that creative art is one of the most powerful ways to get in touch with the divine. Just as Megilat Esther

Aharon Varady’s Earth-Centered Al HaNissim Prayer for Yom Ha’atzmaut

Aharon Varady’s Earth-Centered Al HaNissim Prayer for Yom Ha’atzmaut

This post presents the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts of the original Al HaNissim prayer added to the Amidah and Grace After Meals on Yom Ha’atzmaut by Aharon Varady. The author believes that secular, nationalist days of thanksgiving are often also associated with our deep history of

A Reconstructionist Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel

A Reconstructionist Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel

This post presents the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts for the Prayer for the State of Israel from the Reconstructionist Kol Haneshama siddur. Based on the traditional prayer, this version focuses on blessing Israel and all who dwell within her with peace and love. This prayer

Beit Tefilah Israeli’s Transitional Ceremony between Yom Ha’Zikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Beit Tefilah Israeli’s Transitional Ceremony between Yom Ha’Zikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut

This link opens up a PDF file of Havdalah: A Transitional Ceremony between Yom Ha’Zikaron and Yom Ha’Atzmaut, a Hebrew and English ceremony written by Beit Tefilah Israeli that celebrates Israel’s national triumph, yet expresses the sorrow for a dream of peace, still unfulfilled. This sensitive ceremony,

An Amended Prayer for IDF Soldiers

An Amended Prayer for IDF Soldiers

This post presents the English and Hebrew texts for a new version of the prayer for the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, amended by Dr. Alex Sinclair to reflect the ethical challenges faced by soldiers in today’s complex political climate. Dr. Sinclair added a few

Zayit’s Yom Ha’atzmaut Kiddush (Hebrew)

Zayit’s Yom Ha’atzmaut Kiddush (Hebrew)

This post presents the Hebrew text of a Kiddush ceremony written for Yom Ha’atzmaut by Zayit, an organization that runs programs about Jewish identity and culture in the Emek Hefer region of Israel. The Kiddush expresses gratitude for the opportunity to live a Jewish life with

Yom Ha’atzmaut Kiddush by Ya’akov Maoz (Hebrew)

Yom Ha’atzmaut Kiddush by Ya’akov Maoz (Hebrew)

This post presents the Hebrew text of a Kiddush ceremony written for Yom Ha’atzmaut by Ya’akov Maoz. The Kiddush expresses gratitude for the opportunity to live a Jewish life with political independence and sovereignty in the Land of Israel. Although it is not customary to

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov’s Prayer for Peace

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov’s Prayer for Peace

This post presents the Hebrew and English text for a prayer for peace in Israel around the world that is attributed to Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (1773-1810), the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement. Different versions of this popular prayer appear in a wide variety of prayer

The Israel Movement for Reform & Progressive Judaism’s Al HaNissim Prayer for Yom Ha’atzmaut

The Israel Movement for Reform & Progressive Judaism’s Al HaNissim Prayer for Yom Ha’atzmaut

This post presents the Hebrew and English text of the Al HaNissim prayer added to the Amidah and Grace After Meals by The Israel Movement for Reform & Progressive Judaism on Yom Ha’atzmaut. Modeled after the prayers for Chanukah and Purim, this prayer is included in the Siddur ha-Avodah

The Israeli Masorti Movement’s Al HaNissim Prayer for Yom Ha’atzmaut

The Israeli Masorti Movement’s Al HaNissim Prayer for Yom Ha’atzmaut

This post presents the Hebrew and English text of the Al HaNissim prayer added to the Amidah and Grace After Meals by the Israeli Masorti Movement on Yom Ha’atzmaut. Modeled after the prayers for Chanukah and Purim, this prayer is included in the Siddur Va-ani Tefillah

An American Conservative Al HaNissim Prayer for Yom Ha’atzmaut (Siddur Liymot Hol )

An American Conservative Al HaNissim Prayer for Yom Ha’atzmaut (Siddur Liymot Hol )

This post presents the Hebrew and English text of an Al HaNissim prayer added to the Amidah and Grace After Meals by the American Conservative Movement on Yom Ha’atzmaut. Modeled after the prayers for Chanukah and Purim, this prayer is included in the Siddur Liymot

The Religious Kibbutz Movement’s Al HaNissim Prayer for Yom Ha’atzmaut

The Religious Kibbutz Movement’s Al HaNissim Prayer for Yom Ha’atzmaut

This post presents the Hebrew and English text of the Al HaNissim prayer added to the Amidah and Grace After Meals by the Religious Kibbutz Movement on Yom Ha’atzmaut. Modeled after the prayers for Chanukah and Purim, this prayer is included in the Seder Tefillot le-Yom

Reform Zionist Thanksgiving Prayers for the State of Israel

Reform Zionist Thanksgiving Prayers for the State of Israel

This post presents the English and Hebrew texts of two original Thanksgiving Prayers for the State of Israel, written by Reform Zionist leaders. The first, an Al HaNissim addition to the Amida prayer and the Grace After Means based on the comparable texts for Chanukah

Rabbis for Human Rights: A Prayer for the State of Israel

Rabbis for Human Rights: A Prayer for the State of Israel

This post presents the English and Hebrew texts of a prayer for the State of Israel that encourages people to return to the root of Yom Ha’atzmaut, and pray for the realization of the vision laid out by the Israeli Declaration of Independence. There are two

A Reconstructionist Picnic Seder and Haggadah for Yom Ha’atzmaut

A Reconstructionist Picnic Seder and Haggadah for Yom Ha’atzmaut

This post presents a creative Yom Ha’atzmaut ritual developed by the Reconstructionist  movement, designed as a picnic seder, complete with symbolic foods, a haggadah and discussion questions. This post includes an explanation of how to perform this ritual, along with links to all of the

An American Conservative Al HaNissim Prayer for Yom Ha’atzmaut (Siddur Sim Shalom)

An American Conservative Al HaNissim Prayer for Yom Ha’atzmaut (Siddur Sim Shalom)

This post presents the Hebrew, English and transliterated text of an Al HaNissim prayer added to the Amidah and Grace After Meals by the American Conservative movement on Yom Ha’atzmaut. Modeled after the prayers for Chanukah and Purim, this prayer is included in the Siddur

Orthodox Evening Prayer Service for Yom Ha’atzmaut

Orthodox Evening Prayer Service for Yom Ha’atzmaut

This PDF booklet contains an Orthodox evening service for Yom Ha’atzmaut in Hebrew and English. Although the basis for the Yom Ha’atzmaut liturgy was written by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate in 1949, there is not a uniform custom practiced by all Orthodox communities. This particular service includes the

Ehud Banai Singing Benzion Shekner’s Melody for Psalm 23

Ehud Banai Singing Benzion Shekner’s Melody for Psalm 23

In this audio recording, popular Israeli singer, Ehud Banai sings Psalm 23 using the famous melody composed by Ben Zion Shenker in 1946. Psalm 23 – Mizmor l’David / A Psalm of David – is often recited prior to the daytime Kiddush as well as

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HaTikvah: The National Anthem of the State of Israel

HaTikvah: The National Anthem of the State of Israel

This video presents Israel’s national anthem, HaTikvah (The Hope), with on-screen Hebrew, English and transliterated subtitles. Adapted from a poem written in 1877 by Naftali Herz Imber, a Jewish poet from Eastern Europe, the lyrics reflect the Jews’ 2,000-year-old hope of returning to the Land of Israel and

Naomi Shemer: Yerushalayim Shel Zahav / Jerusalem of Gold

Naomi Shemer: Yerushalayim Shel Zahav / Jerusalem of Gold

This popular Israeli song written by Naomi Shemer describes the Jewish people’s age-old yearning for and ultimate return to Jerusalem. Released just three weeks before the outbreak of the Six Day War in 1967, when the Old City of Jerusalem was still under Jordanian control, this song

The Fountainheads: Hope – A Song for Yom Ha’atzmaut

The Fountainheads: Hope – A Song for Yom Ha’atzmaut

This catchy, high-energy music video features The Fountainheads singing “Hope,” an original song celebrating Israel named after the Israeli national anthem “Hatikvah” (“Hope” in Hebrew). The Fountainheads is an all-volunteer, student-led artistic project, led by young Israeli singers, dancers, and musicians, all students of the Ein

Code Red Song – Helping Children Deal with Terror

Code Red Song – Helping Children Deal with Terror

In this clip (1:14), watch the amazing way children of Sderot respond to a Code Red siren in their school. As the various classes make their way to their safe zones, there are no tears or hysteria. Only smiling, joyful faces, singing the heart-warming song

Children of Sderot by Tim Davis and Sha-Ron

Children of Sderot by Tim Davis and Sha-Ron

Children of Sderot (4:13) is a heartfelt outpouring of sympathy for the children of Israel’s border communities who grow up under constant threat of rocket barrage. Sderot is hardly over 1km from Gaza. Children growing up there have become accustomed to grief, loss, and the

Prayer of the Mothers by Yael Deckelbaum and Women Wage Peace

Prayer of the Mothers by Yael Deckelbaum and Women Wage Peace

In Prayer of the Mothers (5:20), Israeli artist Yael Deckelbaum pairs with Jewish and Palestinian women of the Women Wage Peace movement, singing together their joint prayer for peace. The grassroots movement was created in the wake of Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014

Subliminal & The Shadow: Hope

Subliminal & The Shadow: Hope

Released in 2002, during the Second Intifada, this optimistic song expresses both a frustration with the senseless loss of life, as well as a strong commitment to Zionism and peace in the face of terror. The low quality video includes onscreen lyrics in Hebrew and lyrics, and an English

Sarit Hadad: Hear O’ Israel / When the Heart Cries

Sarit Hadad: Hear O’ Israel / When the Heart Cries

This moving song was written by Yossi Gispan in the wake of the brutal lynching of two Israeli soldiers in the Palestinian city of Ramallah in 2000, during the first weeks of the Second Intifada. The lyrics, provided onscreen in English and transliterated, express how

Be My Friend for Peace, the Remix

Be My Friend for Peace, the Remix

This techno mashup by Tel Aviv-based artist Noy Alooshe (2:30) re-cuts famous words spoken by late Israeli Nobel prize-winning politician Shimon Peres in his bid for peace. In 1994, then-Foreign Minister Peres was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO

Noga Erez: Dance While You Shoot

Noga Erez: Dance While You Shoot

This is the official music video for the song that gained Noga Erez international recognition after it was used by Apple in an advertising campaign in 2017. Trained in jazz music, the Israeli singer, songwriter and producer now plays electronic dance music with alternative, R&B and

Lazer Lloyd: Rockin’

Lazer Lloyd: Rockin’

This video of a live festival performance features American-Israeli singer-songwriter and guitarist, Lazer Lloyd, one of the few artists playing Americana, folk and blues in Israel. Popular throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and Brazil, the artist, who moved from America to Israel

David D’Or: Hagidi Li

David D’Or: Hagidi Li

This is music video for a Hebrew pop song by Israeli singer, composer and song-writer, David D’Or, Israel’s representative at the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest. A countertenor with a vocal range of more than four octaves, D’Or performs a wide variety of music, including pop, rock, folk, klezmer,

Ester Rada: Life Happens

Ester Rada: Life Happens

This is the music video for the most famous song by Ester Rada, an Israeli singer of Ethiopian origins who has a unique cross-cultural sound reflecting Ethio-Jazz, funk, soul, and R&B influences. Popular around the world, Rada has toured across Europe, the United States and

Asaf Avidan: Reckoning Song (One Day)

Asaf Avidan: Reckoning Song (One Day)

This video presents the original version of the song which ultimately brought Israeli singer-songwriter Asaf Avidan to international success. Originally from Jerusalem, Avidan is best known for his unique voice, reminiscent of Janis Joplin. Writing all of his songs in English, he is one the

Balkan Beat Box: Move It

Balkan Beat Box: Move It

This is the official music video for a high-energy song by Balkan Beat Box, an Israeli musical group that plays a creative blend of Jewish, Balkan, Middle Eastern, Gypsy punk, reggae and electronica music that has become popular all over the world. Their songs have

Orphaned Land: Norra El Norra

Orphaned Land: Norra El Norra

This is the official music video for a song derived from the Yom Kippur prayer service by Orphaned Land, a progressive Israeli heavy metal band that combines Jewish, Arabic and other West Asian musical influences with metal, pioneering the Oriental Metal musical genre. Popular in

David Broza: East Jerusalem / West Jerusalem (ft. Wyclef Jean)

David Broza: East Jerusalem / West Jerusalem (ft. Wyclef Jean)

This music video features Israeli superstar, David Broza, and Grammy award winning American rapper, Wyclef Jean, singing a duet about Broza’s coexistence project, “East Jerusalem West Jerusalem.” The  collaborative peace effort, which resulted in a documentary and album, brought together Israeli and Palestinian musicians for

Yemen Blues: Um Min Al Yaman

Yemen Blues: Um Min Al Yaman

This music video presents the unique sounds of Yemen Blues, a blend of traditional Yemenite, West African, jazz, and funk music. Led by Israeli musician of Yemenite origin, Ravid Kahalani, the band is popular in Israel and around the world. 

Infected Mushroom: Becoming Insane

Infected Mushroom: Becoming Insane

In a combination of Spanish and English, this music video presents a popular song by Infected Mushroom, a successful Israeli musical duo comprised of Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani that perform trance, electronica and psychedelic music. One of the best-selling Israeli musical groups at home and

The Idan Raichel Project: Mi Ma’amakim (From the Depths)

The Idan Raichel Project: Mi Ma’amakim (From the Depths)

This music video presents one of the most popular songs from the Idan Raichel Project, a unique, intercultural, collaborative musical initiative that integrates musicians of different styles from around the world and has performed all over the globe. The lyrics of the chorus in Hebrew and

Static & Ben El: Tudo Bom

Static & Ben El: Tudo Bom

This is the official music video for the English version of Static & Ben El’s hit song, “Tudo Bom,” featuring Colombian singer, J Bavlin. The Israeli pop duo, made up of Liraz Rousseau (Static) and Ben El Tavori, released the Brazilian-themed song in Hebrew in June 2017.

Avi Toledano: Hora – 2nd Place in Eurovision (Horragate, UK, 1982)

Avi Toledano: Hora – 2nd Place in Eurovision (Horragate, UK, 1982)

This video present’s Israel’s entry in the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest in Harrogate, United Kingdom, “Hora” by Avi Toledano,which earned Israel second place in the international competition. In this up-beat, nostalgic song, Toledano, who immigrated to Israel from Morocco at the age of 16, sings about the

Ofra Haza: Chai – 2nd Place in Eurovision (Munich, 1983)

Ofra Haza: Chai – 2nd Place in Eurovision (Munich, 1983)

This video present’s Israel’s entry in the 1983 Eurovision Song Contest in Munich, “Chai” by Ofra Haza. The song earned Israel second place in the international competition for the second consecutive year. The up-beat, optimistic song celebrates the resilience of the nation of Israel in the

Medley of All of Israel’s Eurovision Songs (1973-2018)

Medley of All of Israel’s Eurovision Songs (1973-2018)

This video (07:25) presents short clips of each of Israel’s performances at the Eurovision Song Contest from 1973-2018. For a list of each of Israel’s entry’s to Eurovision, including the artist, song name, language in which they performed, and how many points they received, see the

Netta: Toy – Israel’s 4th Eurovision Victory (Lisbon, 2018)

Netta: Toy – Israel’s 4th Eurovision Victory (Lisbon, 2018)

This video present’s Israel’s winning song in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, “Toy” by Netta Barzilay, a global symbol of feminism and diversity, described by some as the “anti-Barbie.” Inspired by the #MeToo movement, the lyrics and tone of the bizarre pop song song

Dana International: Diva – Israel’s 3rd Eurovision Victory (Birmingham, 1998)

Dana International: Diva – Israel’s 3rd Eurovision Victory (Birmingham, 1998)

This video present’s Israel’s winning song in the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest in Birmingham, “Diva” by Dana International, a transgender woman and one of Israel’s most successful singers ever. The first transgender person to win Eurovision, Dana International became a symbol for the LGBTQ community in Israel

Gali Atari & Milk & Honey: Hallelujah – Israel’s 2nd Eurovision Victory (Jerusalem, 1979)

Gali Atari & Milk & Honey: Hallelujah – Israel’s 2nd Eurovision Victory (Jerusalem, 1979)

This video present’s Israel’s winning song in the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest in Jerusalem, “Hallelujah” by Gali Atari & Milk & Honey. The up-beat, optimistic song inspires people to unite together to express their gratitude for everything in life through song. Israel’s victory in Jerusalem

Izhar Cohen & Alphabeta: A-Ba-Ni-Bi – Israel’s 1st Eurovision Victory (Paris, 1978)

Izhar Cohen & Alphabeta: A-Ba-Ni-Bi – Israel’s 1st Eurovision Victory (Paris, 1978)

This video present’s Israel’s winning song in the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest in Paris, “A-Ba-Ni-Bi” by Izhar Cohen and Alphabeta. The up-tempo disco song explores the way in which humans relate to love, expressing it discreetly and selectively as children and then learning that love

20 000 Brothers: A Tribute Song to Sean Carmeli

20 000 Brothers: A Tribute Song to Sean Carmeli

In Hebrew with English subtitles, this powerful song was written by Ariel Horowitz as a tribute to First Sgt. Nissim Sean Carmeli, a lone soldier who was among the first killed in Operation Protective Edge in 2014. As an American Jew who chose to serve in

Shlomo Artzi: Murder Report

Shlomo Artzi: Murder Report

Written by iconic Israeli folk-rock singer-songwriter, Shlomo Artzi, this song reflects on the 1995 assassination of then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, comparing it to the assassination of American President John F. Kennedy in 1963. The lyrics, provided and English below, convey the shock and mourning of Rabin’s supporters

Miri Aloni & the IDF Nachal Band: A Song for Peace

Miri Aloni & the IDF Nachal Band: A Song for Peace

Written by Yaakov Rotblit and composed by Yair Rosenblum, this controversial song was first performed by the IDF Nachal Infantry Ensemble in 1969, during the War of Attrition between Israel and Egypt. The lyrics, translated on screen and below, express a yearning for peace, mourn

Subliminal: Biladi (My Country)

Subliminal: Biladi (My Country)

Released in 2002, during the Second Intifada, this song by Israeli rapper Ya’akov “Kobi” Shimoni (known by his stage name Subliminal) reveals a frustration with the cycle of violence and a strong commitment to Zionism and the land and State of Israel in the face of terror

DAM: Born Here

DAM: Born Here

In Hebrew with English subtitles, this music video features the iconic Palestinian hip-hop group DAM rapping about the discrimination they experience in their hometown of Lod, an Israeli city with a sizeable Arab population. Made up of three Arab-Israelis who identify as Palestinians, DAM is an

Shadia Mansour: Al Kufiyyeh (The Arabic Scarf)

Shadia Mansour: Al Kufiyyeh (The Arabic Scarf)

This music video features Shadia Mansour, “the first lady of Arabic hip-hop,” and M-1, an American rapper and activist, rapping about the “kufiyyeh” (Arabic scarf) as a symbol of Arab identity and the Palestinian struggle. Although Mansour was born in London, her parents are Christian Palestinians

Al Quds Tunadeena: Oh Jerusalem, Our Home

Al Quds Tunadeena: Oh Jerusalem, Our Home

Released during the Second Intifada, this religious and nationalistic song by Ahmed Bukhatir, a Muslim singer, businessman and politician in the United Arab Emirates, describes the yearning of Muslims, Arabs and Palesitnians to return to Jerusalem, the third holiest city in Islam. Ths song is

The Kingdom of the Hermon

The Kingdom of the Hermon

Written by Yovav Katz, composed by Effi Netzer, and performed by the Military Band of the IDF in 1968, “Kingdom of the Hermon” is written as a love song from a soldier to his girlfriend during the Six Day War. The lyrics, provided below in

Naomi Shemer / Nachal Band: Tomorrow

Naomi Shemer / Nachal Band: Tomorrow

Written by Naomi Shemer for the Nachal Military Band, this optimistic song which dreams of a time of peace and prosperity in Israel became popular following Israeli victory in the Six Day War. The tone and lyrics, provided on screen and below (Hebrew, English and transliterated)

Ron Eliran: Sharm El Sheikh

Ron Eliran: Sharm El Sheikh

Written by Ron Eliran during the Six Day War, this song commemorates Israel’s capture of Sharm El Sheikh, a city on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. Eliran volunteered to entertain the troops throughout the war. This song was born as he travelled through the

Haim Hefer / Arik Lavi: Nasser is Waiting for Rabin

Haim Hefer / Arik Lavi: Nasser is Waiting for Rabin

Written in the “waiting period” before the Six Day War, this upbeat song was written by Haim Hefer and performed by Arik Lavi to mock the Egyptian president and boost national morale at a time when the Israeli public was full of fear and anxiety over

With What Shall I Bless Him?

With What Shall I Bless Him?

Written by Rachel Shapira in memory of her classmate Eldad Krock, a young reservist killed in the in the Six Day War, this this sad song is about an angel blessing a young boy as he grows up with everything he needs to be able to

Chava Alberstein: My Daughter, Are you Cyring or Laughing?

Chava Alberstein: My Daughter, Are you Cyring or Laughing?

Written after the Six Day War, this iconic Israeli song describes a young girl from Kibbutz Gadot not knowing how to react when she emerges from a bomb shelter in northern Israel to see her home destroyed. On the one hand, her home is destroyed,

Colonel Bagshot: Six Day War

Colonel Bagshot: Six Day War

From the 1971 album, “Oh, What a Lovely War,” many believe that this depresssing anti-war song entitled “Six Day War” by the British rock band, Colonel Bagshot, is indeed about the Israeli-Arab Six Day War of 1967. The lyrics, provided on screen and below, describe

Shlomo Artzi: New Land

Shlomo Artzi: New Land

Released during the First Intifada, this song is written as a continuous conversation between fathers and sons over the course of generations as they journey toward “a new land.” The lyrics, provided below in English, subtly explore controversial issues in Israeli society, such as the

Ehud Banai & the Refugees: Stir the Cement

Ehud Banai & the Refugees: Stir the Cement

Released by Ehud Banai and The Refugees during the First Intifada, this song is written from the perspective of a Palestinian day laborer who travels from Gaza to work in construction in Tel Aviv. Banai himself worked on a building site with Palestinian workers, and

Nurit Galron: After We’re Gone, Let the Flood Come

Nurit Galron: After We’re Gone, Let the Flood Come

Released by Israeli singer Nurit Galron during the First Intifada, this controversial song criticised the Israeli public (and those living in the bubble of Tel Aviv, specifically) for willfully ignoring the effects of the Israel’s violent response to the Intifada on innocent Palestinians. The song was

Identity Card: Mahmoud Darwish Poem & Song of the First Intifada

Identity Card: Mahmoud Darwish Poem & Song of the First Intifada

Originally written as a poem by iconic Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish in 1964, this song recalls the humiliation and frustration of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation, warning that it will eventually lead to violence.The poem was put to music and sung by Palestinian/Lebanese musician George Qurmuz in

I Call Upon You: A Palestinian Song From the First Intifada

I Call Upon You: A Palestinian Song From the First Intifada

Originally written as a poem in 1966 by the Palestinian poet, Tawfeeq Zayyad, this song became popular leading up the First Intifada. The lyrics, put to music and sung by Lebanese musician, Ahmad Qa’bur, in the early 1980s, beg the Arabs and Palestinians around the world not to

Where Are The Millions? A Lebanese Song from the First Intifada

Where Are The Millions? A Lebanese Song from the First Intifada

Written and performed by Lebanese resistance singer, Julia Burtrus, this song, which became popular during the First Intifada, encourages both the Arab masses and Palestinians to join the revolution, fight against Israel and even die for the cause. Although this song was first released during the

Chava Alberstein: Had Gadya

Chava Alberstein: Had Gadya

Written by Chava Alberstein during the First Intifada, Had Gadya is based on an Aramaic song from the Passover Haggadah. While Alberstein’s lyrics mostly come from the traditional text, the original song ends with God empowering the Angel of Death, yet God is not mentioned

Si Himan: Shooting & Crying

Si Himan: Shooting & Crying

Written by Si Himan during the First Intifada, this haunting song explores the effects of war and violence on Israeli society and psyche. Entitled “Shooting and Crying,” this popular phrase refers to the psychological impact of Israeli policies on soldiers themselves, applauded by some as moral self-reflection

Haim Hefer: Yes, It’s Possible

Haim Hefer: Yes, It’s Possible

This song was originally written as a poem by iconic Israeli poet, Haim Hefer, who served in the Palmach during the War of Independence, during the first truce of the war. The lyrics, provided below in English, dream of an end to the war and

Natan Alterman: Elifelet

Natan Alterman: Elifelet

Performed here by the IDF for Memorial Day, this song, written as a poem by Natan Alterman in 1959 and put to music by Sasha Argov, tells the story of a simple, unimpressive young man who emerges as a hero who sacrificed his life for

The Song of the Palmach

The Song of the Palmach

This song (until 01:52) was the anthem of the Palmach, the elite fighting force of the Haganah, the underground army of the Yishuv during the British Mandate of Palestine. Founded in 1941, the Palmach was officially disbanded with the creation of Israel’s official army after

Yaffa Yarkoni: In the Plains of the Negev

Yaffa Yarkoni: In the Plains of the Negev

Originally written in Russian by P. Mamaychuk in 1943 with music by L. Shokhin, this song was translated to a Hebrew marching song called “There, Far in the Forest,” which was popular with Zionist youth groups. It was translated to Hebrew again by Rafael Klachkin, entitled

Natan Alterman / Yehoram Gaon: The Silver Platter

Natan Alterman / Yehoram Gaon: The Silver Platter

This haunting song conveys the great sacrifices upon which the State of Israel was establishment. Soon after the release of the UN Partition Plan of 1947, Chaim Weizmann, who would become the first president of the State of Israel, stated “The state will not be

The Nachal Band: Song of Friendship

The Nachal Band: Song of Friendship

Written by Haim Gouri at the end of the War of Independence and most famously sung by The Nachal Band, a military entertainment troupe, this moving song is a memorial to the 1% of the population who lost their lives during the war, many of whom

Yaffa Yarkoni: Bab el Wad

Yaffa Yarkoni: Bab el Wad

Written by Haim Gouri, composed by Shmuel Farshko and performed by Yaffa Yarkoni, this moving song commemorates the battles of Bab El Wad / Sha’ar Hagai during the War of Independence. A strategic site on the road between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Bab El Wad

IDF Central Command Variety Ensemble: Guard of the Walls

IDF Central Command Variety Ensemble: Guard of the Walls

Written in 1977, this classic Israeli folk song by the Central Command Variety Ensemble of the Israel Defense Forces (Pikud Hamercaz) is written through the eyes of IDF soldiers, expressing their excitement and disbelief at being in the historic position to guard the Old City of Jerusalem.

Ami Yares & Heartbeat: Jerusalem

Ami Yares & Heartbeat: Jerusalem

This video features songwriter, musician and educator Ami Yares performing his original song “Jerusalem” together with Heartbeat, a social change organization that unites Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians. The lyrics, provided below, explore how Jerusalem – known as “the city of peace” and often called “united” following

Meir Ariel: Jerusalem of Iron

Meir Ariel: Jerusalem of Iron

“Jerusalem of Iron” was written by Israeli singer-songwriter Meir Ariel following the Six Day War to the melody of Naomi Shemer’s famous “Jerusalem of Gold.” After taking part in the costly battles for Jerusalem as a reserve soldier in the Paratroopers Brigade, Ariel wrote these dark

Sabaton: Counterstrike – A Heavy Metal Song About the Six Day War

Sabaton: Counterstrike – A Heavy Metal Song About the Six Day War

This video presents a song about the Six Day War by Sabaton, a Swedish heavy metal band who’s songs recount historical battles. The lyrics, provided below, tell the story of Israel’s miraculous victory against Syria, Egypt and Jordan in a mere six days, with a

Ammunition Hill Song

Ammunition Hill Song

Written by Yair Rosenblum and Yoram Taharlev, this famous song (in Hebrew with English subtitles) tells the story of the bloody battle on Ammunition Hill during the Six Day War.  Ammunition Hill “It was then the morning of the second day of the war in Jerusalem.

Koolulam: 1000 People Sing Bob Marley’s “One Love” in Jerusalem

Koolulam: 1000 People Sing Bob Marley’s “One Love” in Jerusalem

This inspirational video presents 1000 people of different backgrounds who gathered together to sing “One Love” by Bob Marley in English, Hebrew and Arabic at the Tower of David in the Old City of Jerusalem. As Jerusalem is a point of tension and conflict between Israelis and

Women of the Wall: Can’t Keep Quiet

Women of the Wall: Can’t Keep Quiet

Created by the Women of the Wall, this music video puts footage from the organization’s controversial monthly Rosh Chodesh minyan at the Western Wall to the backdrop of “Quiet” by MILCK, which became the unofficial anthem of the Women’s March and the #MeToo movement. Women of

Israeli Rock Music’s Spiritual New Sound

Israeli Rock Music’s Spiritual New Sound

This article by Yossi Klein Halavei explores the unique phenomenon of “secular” Israeli rock music becoming more inspired by Jewish ideas and liturgy, as well as the historical and political events that have influenced these cultural changes. The post contains four songs by Israeli artists

HaDag Nachash: The Sticker Song (with educational guide)

HaDag Nachash: The Sticker Song (with educational guide)

Released in 2004, amidst the Second Intifada, this hip-hop song is a collection of Israeli bumper stickers representing the full spectrum of religious and political ideologies that make up Israel’s diverse and often polarized society. The music video presents stereotypes of many of the characters that possess these views,

Alma Zohar: Out of Egypt

Alma Zohar: Out of Egypt

This song by Israeli artist, Alma Zohar, criticizes current Israeli policy and public attitudes toward African refugees seeking safety in Israel in light of the history of the Jewish nation as a persecuted people. Referencing the story of the Exodus from Egypt and quoting verses

Kobi Oz & Rabbi Nissim Messika: Elohay (with educational guide)

Kobi Oz & Rabbi Nissim Messika: Elohay (with educational guide)

This post presents “Elohay” by Kobi Oz, along with a printable educational guide including the Hebrew and English lyrics, explanatory footnotes for the lyrics, and guiding discussion questions. Written as an ode and duet to his deceased grandfather, a Tunisian rabbi and paytan, the song raises important questions about

Kobi Oz: Prayer of the Secular (with educational guide)

Kobi Oz: Prayer of the Secular (with educational guide)

This post presents “Prayer of the Secular” by Kobi Oz, along with a printable educational guide including the Hebrew and English lyrics, explanatory footnotes for the lyrics, and guiding discussion questions. Written from the perspective of a secular person praying with a diverse group of Israeli

Bear Your Banner to Zion: An Early Zionist Anthem

Bear Your Banner to Zion: An Early Zionist Anthem

Written in the context of the First Zionist Congress of 1897, this early Zionist anthem captures the enthusiastic pioneering spirit of the early Zionist movement. The lyrics, displayed onscreen in Hebrew, English and transliteration, describe the Jewish people rediscovering themselves as a nation and returning to

One More Brother: A Song About the Conflict

One More Brother: A Song About the Conflict

This powerful song expresses the hopelessness of the endless cycle of violence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as a desire for peace. It was written by Israeli rapper The Big Fishi (Adam Ben-Lavi) and Hadag Nachash, a Jerusalem-based hip-hop/funk band whose songs contain many messages about Israeli

Hatikvah: A Controversial Version of the Israeli National Anthem in Arabic Musical Style

Hatikvah: A Controversial Version of the Israeli National Anthem in Arabic Musical Style

Released in honor of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, this controversial version of Israel’s national anthem was produced by Israeli artist, Daniel Saadon, in a traditional Arabic musical style. Criticized by some as cultural appropriation and celebrated by others

All Will Be Good: An Iconic Israeli Peace Song

All Will Be Good: An Iconic Israeli Peace Song

Written by Israeli singer-songwriter and peace activist, David Broza, this iconic song expresses the desire for peace between Israel and the neighboring Arab nations. This optimistic song was written in 1977, in the context of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat’s visit to Israel. This visit ultimately

Ein Li Eretz Acheret / I Have No Other Country: An Iconic Zionist Song

Ein Li Eretz Acheret / I Have No Other Country: An Iconic Zionist Song

Written by Israeli singer-songwriter Corinne Allal in 1989, during the First Intifada, this moving song, performed here by Gali Atari, expresses the eternal Jewish connection and commitment to the land and State of Israel, regardless of the political situation or whether one agrees with governmental policies.

On This Earth: A Musical Rendition of a Mahmoud Darwish Poem

On This Earth: A Musical Rendition of a Mahmoud Darwish Poem

This video presents Palestinian singer, Amal Murkus, singing a musical rendition of “On This Earth,” a famous poem written by Mahmoud Darwish, regarded as the national poet of the Palestinian people. A romantic ode to the land of Palestine, a translation of the Arabic lyrics is provided

Borders & Promises: A Song of Palestinian Yearning

Borders & Promises: A Song of Palestinian Yearning

Written and performed by Haya Zaatry, a Palestinian Israeli singer-songwriter, architect, and social/political activist, this indie song expresses the endless hope and yearning for freedom in this land. An English translation of the poetic Arabic lyrics are provided below. Borders & Promises So far no

Hadag Nachash: Genesis

Hadag Nachash: Genesis

Released in 2004, amidst the Second Intifada, this hip-hop song expresses some of the seemingly eternal aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, including the senseless violence, the hope for peace, and the frustration and desperation of regular people who just want a normal life. This song

Muki: Songs of War & Peace

Muki: Songs of War & Peace

This post presents two songs about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by the Israeli singer and rapper, Muki. Written in 2002, in the midst of the Second Intifada, “Talking About Peace” expresses the challenges of making peace in a place where the two sides of the conflict have

A Hamas Song Encouraging Rocket Attacks Against Israel

A Hamas Song Encouraging Rocket Attacks Against Israel

Produced by the Hamas-operated Al-Aqsa TV channel during the 2014 Israel-Gaza Conflict, this threatening music video celebrates and encourages rocket attacks against Israel. Sung in Arabic, an English translation of the lyrics can be seen onscreen or below. This video was shared by Palestinian Media Watch, an Israeli research institute that

A Palestinian Incitement Song Threatening Terror Attacks

A Palestinian Incitement Song Threatening Terror Attacks

This threatening animated music video warns “Zionists” of deadly terrorist attacks and kidnappings. Sung in Arabic with onscreen English subtitles, this song is an example of Palestinian incitement media that encourages terror attacks against Jewish Israelis in the name of the Palestinian cause. This video was

Hopeless Town: Palestinian & Israeli Artists Sing About the Conflict

Hopeless Town: Palestinian & Israeli Artists Sing About the Conflict

Produced by Heartbeat, a creative social change organization that unites Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians, this music video features Palestinian Israeli artist, Rasha Nahas, and Jewish Israeli artist, Neomi Zahor, singing a painful song about the corruption and endless cycle of violence that cause such desperation and hopelessness among

Bukra Fi Mishmish (When Pigs Fly): Israeli & Palestinian Youth Sing for Peace

Bukra Fi Mishmish (When Pigs Fly): Israeli & Palestinian Youth Sing for Peace

Produced by Heartbeat, a creative social change organization that unites Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians, this music video features Israeli and Palestinian youth singing about the hope for a seemingly impossible future of peace. The English lyrics, sung in English, Hebrew and Arabic, can be seen

In My Heart: A Hebrew/Arabic Song for Peace

In My Heart: A Hebrew/Arabic Song for Peace

This touching video features Israeli singer, David Broza, and Palestinian singer, Wisam Murad, singing a peace song about their deep shared connection to the Land of Israel/Palestinian. Sung in both Hebrew and Arabic with on-screen English subtitles, the lyrics were written by Broza and Palestinian artist,

The Jewish-Arab Peace Song

The Jewish-Arab Peace Song

In this inspiring Middle Eastern style song, Jewish-Israeli and Palestinian artists perform “Heveinu Shalom Aleinu” (We Brought Peace Upon Us) – “Ma Ana Ajmal Min Salam” (There is Nothing More Beautiful Than Peace). The lyrics refer to the painful past of the previous generations of

This Land Is Mine: A Story of Eternal War and Conquest

This Land Is Mine: A Story of Eternal War and Conquest

This dramatic animated video presents “This Land is Mine,” a song that tells the story of the wars in the Land of Israel/Palestine, from prehistoric times until today. With a hopeful melody clashing with violent imagery, this video depicts caricatures of generation after generation of

Koolulam: 3000 People Sing Matisyahu’s “One Day” in Hebrew, English & Arabic

Koolulam: 3000 People Sing Matisyahu’s “One Day” in Hebrew, English & Arabic

This inspirational video presents 3000 people of different backgrounds who gathered together to sing “One Day” by Matisyahu in English, Hebrew and Arabic, in the spirit of coexistence and hopes for a peaceful future. This special event was organized by Koolulam, a social-musical initiative that brings together people from

The IDF Sings Unetanneh Tokeh to a Melody Inspired by the Yom Kippur War

The IDF Sings Unetanneh Tokeh to a Melody Inspired by the Yom Kippur War

To the backdrop of footage from the Yom Kippur War, this moving video shows the IDF Chief Cantor Ltc. Shai Abramson and IDF soldiers singing the prayer “Unetanneh Tokef” to the melody composed by Yair Rosenblum at the request of Kibbutz Bet HaShita, a secular kibbutz

Yossi Gamzu: The Kotel (The Western Wall)

Yossi Gamzu: The Kotel (The Western Wall)

Written by Israeli lyricist Yossi Gamzu and performed by Israeli singer Ofra Haza, the song HaKotel conveys the significance of the Western Wall by the stories of three people who pray there: a young girl, a paratrooper, and a bereaved mother. Although the lyrics are in Hebrew,

Koolulam: 12,000 Israelis Sing Naomi Shemer’s “Al Kol Ele”

Koolulam: 12,000 Israelis Sing Naomi Shemer’s “Al Kol Ele”

This inspirational video presents 12,000 Israelis from all walks of life who gathered together to sing “Al Kol Ele” by Naomi Shemer in honor of Israel’s 70th Independence Day. The group is led by Israeli artist Shlomi Shabat and the Jerusalem Street Orchestra. This special

Here in the Land of Our Forefathers: Israeli Folk Song

Here in the Land of Our Forefathers: Israeli Folk Song

This video presents an Israeli folk song that captures the early pioneering spirit of the pre-State days, written by Yisrael Dushman and composed by Chanina Karchevsky. The lyrics, which can be seen below in Hebrew, English and transliterated, show how the early Zionist ideology of

Songs of Israel: Playlist of Israeli Folk Songs for a Sing-A-Long

Songs of Israel: Playlist of Israeli Folk Songs for a Sing-A-Long

This almost hour long video presents a playlist of popular Israeli folk songs with on-screen Hebrew and transliterated lyrics, perfect for a sing-a-long, a favorite Israeli pastime. Despite the low-quality video from a VHS tape from the 1990s, the footage shows the land, sites and

A Sephardic Piyut for the Eve of Yom Ha’atzmaut

A Sephardic Piyut for the Eve of Yom Ha’atzmaut

This video presents Rabbi Moshe Elcharar singing a piyut (hymn) written by Rabbi Joseph Messas following Israel’s victory in the Six Day War in 1967. It is recited in some Sephardic synagogues in Jerusalem and Haifa after the Amidah prayer on the evening of Yom

How a Popular Zionist Folk Song Became a Protest Anthem: Video & Guiding Questions

How a Popular Zionist Folk Song Became a Protest Anthem: Video & Guiding Questions

This post presents a song with guiding questions from the Masorti Movement in Israel that can be used to teach about the ideological changes that have taken place in Israel since its founding. The video features Shirat Machar (Song of Tomorrow), the musical ensemble of the Noam

Shlomo Artzi: Suddenly A Man Gets Up (Song of the Morning)

Shlomo Artzi: Suddenly A Man Gets Up (Song of the Morning)

This video features popular Israeli folk-rock singer-songwriter Shlomo Artzi performing a famous Israeli song written by Amir Gilboa and composed by Gidi Koren and Shlomo Artzi. It is best known for the opening lyrics: “Suddenly a man gets up in the morning and feels that

Gad Elbaz: The Prayer for the IDF

Gad Elbaz: The Prayer for the IDF

This video presents popular Israeli artist Gad Elbaz’s musical rendition of the prayer for the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, which is often recited in Zionist synagogues on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The prayer, composed by the late Chief Rabbi and Chief IDF Rabbi, Shlomo Goren, asks God to protect the soldiers

Kobi Oz: Prayer for the State of Israel

Kobi Oz: Prayer for the State of Israel

This video presents Israeli musician Kobi Oz’s original version for the Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel. Born in the southern city of Sderot to Tunisian parents who moved to the British Mandate of Palestine in 1942 to escape the Vichy French, Oz’s musical style reflects his Mizrachi background.

Kumi Ori: A Yom Ha’atzmaut Song for Israel’s 60th Birthday

Kumi Ori: A Yom Ha’atzmaut Song for Israel’s 60th Birthday

This upbeat song was written by Rabbi David Paskin for the “Schechter Sings for Israel at 60” project of the Solomon Schechter movement of Conservative Judaism in America. Schechter students around the country performed this song at their Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations for Israel’s 60th birthday. Titled “Kumi Ori,”

L’Shana Haba’ah: Next Year in Jerusalem

L’Shana Haba’ah: Next Year in Jerusalem

This song captures the eternal Jewish hope and prayer for the return to Jerusalem. Even though the Jewish people have technically returned to the city of Jerusalem, this song is still sung at many Jewish ceremonies, including the end of Yom Kippur prayer services, the end

Ani Ma’amin (I Believe)

Ani Ma’amin (I Believe)

Ani Ma’amin (I Believe), a song about the Jewish belief in the coming of the Messiah, is often sung as part of Orthodox services on Yom Ha’atzmaut. The line comes from a prosaic rendition of Maimonides‘ thirteen-point version of the Jewish principles of faith. Despite the religious significance attributed

The Maccabeats: Home (Medley)

The Maccabeats: Home (Medley)

This video presents a mashup of ten different songs about home performed by the Maccabeats, an all-male Jewish a cappella group that originally formed as Yeshiva University’s student vocal choir. Strongly committed to the integration of traditional and secular wisdom, the Maccabeats perform an eclectic array

This Land: A Song For Israel’s 70th Anniversary

This Land: A Song For Israel’s 70th Anniversary

This Land is an emotive song composed by Jewish British singer-songwriter Stephen Melzack in honor of Israel’s 70th anniversary. Melzack has many meaningful songs about both Jewish and other causes, many of them aimed specifically at children. The video features a backdrop of pictures of the land, sites and

Wave Your Flag: A Yom Ha’atzmaut Song from the Streets of Jerusalem

Wave Your Flag: A Yom Ha’atzmaut Song from the Streets of Jerusalem

This video features people on the streets of Jerusalem celebrating Israel and singing the popular song Wavin’ Flag by K’naan, the unofficial song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The video was produced by Aish, a global Orthodox Jewish outreach organization based in Jerusalem. 

The Pendulum: Between Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut

The Pendulum: Between Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut

This somber song by Kaila Shabat touches on the challenge of moving from the intense grief of Yom Hazikaron to the joyous celebration of Yom Ha’azmaut. Kaila Shabat, a poet and author, arrived in Israel from London in 1967 as a volunteer after the Six-Day War.

Come With Me to Eretz Yisrael: A Yom Ha’atzmaut Song

Come With Me to Eretz Yisrael: A Yom Ha’atzmaut Song

This upbeat song by Seth D. Lutnick celebrates the beauty of the land of Israel and invites listeners to visit and appreciate the land. With a backdrop of scenic pictures, the song praises different sites throughout the county that are rich with historic, religious and cultural

The Traditional Prayer for IDF Soldiers

The Traditional Prayer for IDF Soldiers

This post presents the English and Hebrew texts for the traditional prayer for the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, which is often recited in Zionist synagogues on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The prayer, composed by the late Chief Rabbi and Chief IDF Rabbi, Shlomo Goren, asks God to protect

The Traditional Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel

The Traditional Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel

This post presents the English and Hebrew texts for the traditional Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel, which is often recited in Zionist synagogues on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The prayer requests divine protection and guidance for Israel and its leaders, and that the gathering of the exiled Jewish people

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov’s Prayer for Peace

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov’s Prayer for Peace

This post presents the Hebrew and English text for a prayer for peace in Israel around the world that is attributed to Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (1773-1810), the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement. Different versions of this popular prayer appear in a wide variety of prayer

Orthodox Evening Prayer Service for Yom Ha’atzmaut

Orthodox Evening Prayer Service for Yom Ha’atzmaut

This PDF booklet contains an Orthodox evening service for Yom Ha’atzmaut in Hebrew and English. Although the basis for the Yom Ha’atzmaut liturgy was written by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate in 1949, there is not a uniform custom practiced by all Orthodox communities. This particular service includes the

Ehud Banai Singing Benzion Shekner’s Melody for Psalm 23

Ehud Banai Singing Benzion Shekner’s Melody for Psalm 23

In this audio recording, popular Israeli singer, Ehud Banai sings Psalm 23 using the famous melody composed by Ben Zion Shenker in 1946. Psalm 23 – Mizmor l’David / A Psalm of David – is often recited prior to the daytime Kiddush as well as

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What is Yom Ha’atzmaut and How is it Celebrated?

What is Yom Ha’atzmaut and How is it Celebrated?

This 3 and a half minute long video provides a thorough introduction to Yom Ha’Atzmaut, focusing on the various religious and secular customs that have developed to celebrate this special day in different communities in Israel and abroad. It was produced by BimBam, a studio that makes introductory

With These Hands: Stories of Israel’s Heroic Immigrants

With These Hands: Stories of Israel’s Heroic Immigrants

This short video produced for Israel’s 68th birthday tells the stories of the everyday heroes that build Israel’s unique society, from war hero and farmer to teacher and midwife. Especially celebrating the strength, diversity and devotion of its immigrants, this video was created by Nefesh b’Nefesh,

Supporting Communities Living Near the Gaza Border

Supporting Communities Living Near the Gaza Border

This clip (4:16) gives an overview of just a handful of the many ways that KKL-JNF supports Gaza border communities that are most vulnerable to Hamas rocket fire. In times of both peace and war, KKL-JNF provides invaluable aid and resources, building parks, amphitheaters, tourist

Remaking Sderot: A Park in the Heart of the Community

Remaking Sderot: A Park in the Heart of the Community

This video clip (3:42) introduces the Park of Courage – a project developed by KKL-JNF with the mission of bringing joy and lightness back to the lives of the children of Sderot. As Sderot’s Youth Center Director Yigal Bracha says in the video, after years

Life for Israelis Near the Gaza Border

Life for Israelis Near the Gaza Border

Life for Israelis near the Gaza border is no picnic to say the least, as this clip (4:31) from The Watchman so vividly describes. Fear of rocket barrage has become a daily reality for residents of the Gaza envelope, like in the kibbutz community of

Sderot Residents Live in Fear of Gaza Rockets

Sderot Residents Live in Fear of Gaza Rockets

Get a glimpse into what life is like for residents of the Gaza envelope in this clip (3:20) from VOA News. In times of conflict and unrest, residents of cities close to the Gaza border live in constant fear for their lives. In the city

An IDF Soldier’s Account from Gaza

An IDF Soldier’s Account from Gaza

In this clip from the IDF (4:21), Lieutenant Adam Landau of the 188th Armored Brigade describes his firsthand experiences during Operation Protective Edge. The operation began in the wake of the Hamas kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June 2014. In response to

Heroes of Operation Protective Edge

Heroes of Operation Protective Edge

Meet some of the heroes behind 2014’s Operation Protective Edge in this clip (5:35) from the Friends of the IDF. In June 2014, Hamas terrorists kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teenage boys. When the IDF responded with an operation to arrest Hamas militant leaders, Hamas

Looking Back on the Second Intifada: Causes, Major Events & Consequences

Looking Back on the Second Intifada: Causes, Major Events & Consequences

Written in 2010, looking back a decade after the outbreak of the Second Intifada, this lengthy, thorough article from Haaertz reflects on the causes, major events, turning points and outcomes of this violent period. Examining eight key questions, the authors ultimately conclude that the Second

Memory, Trauma and The Second Intifada

Memory, Trauma and The Second Intifada

This i24NEWS segment (03:41) explores the long-term psychological effects of terror on Israeli society through the story of two friends who witnessed a suicide bombing attack in Jerusalem during the Second Intifada. Including interviews with the two men as well as a trauma expert, the

Why Did Israel Build a Security Barrier?

Why Did Israel Build a Security Barrier?

Created by HonestReporting, this informative, animated video (01:23) introduces the security barrier that Israel began building along the Green Line during the Second Intifada as a direct result of the infiltration of Palestinian terrorists to Israel. The barrier – 95% fence and 5% wall – successfully

The Passover Bombing in Netanya

The Passover Bombing in Netanya

An excerpt from the 2002 Discovery Channel documentary, “Behind the Hatred: Mortal Enemies,” this low quality video (03:32) recalls the 2002 terrorist attack at a Passover seder at the Park Hotel in Netanya, in which a Palestinian suicide bomber killed 30 Israelis and injured 140.

Major Suicide Bombing Attacks During the Second Intifada

Major Suicide Bombing Attacks During the Second Intifada

This MSNBC news broadcast (08:18) highlights some of the major terrorist attacks carried out by Palestinian terrorists against Israeli citizens during the Second Intifada, including a bus bombing in Jerusalem that killed 16 and injured more than 100 and a suicide bombing at Mike’s Place bar

The Ramallah Lynching of Two IDF Soldiers & Prisoner Releases

The Ramallah Lynching of Two IDF Soldiers & Prisoner Releases

In the context of the 2017 release of one of the Palestinian terrorists convicted in the lynch of two IDF soldiers in in 2000, this i24NEWS segment (04:28) recalls the event and its impact on Israeli-Palestinian relations. The violent murder took place at the beginning

S.Y. Agnon: Winner of Israel’s First Nobel Prize

S.Y. Agnon: Winner of Israel’s First Nobel Prize

In an article from Commentary Magazine titled ‘Filling the Artistic Void’, rabbi and writer Meir Y. Soleveichik discusses the profound and timeless work of the writer who earned Israel its first Nobel prize, and only Nobel prize in literature to this day. The 1966 laureate

Jenin: Massacring Truth

Jenin: Massacring Truth

This is an excerpt (09:50) from a documentary produced by Martin Himel, which tells the story of Israeli soldiers who fought in the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank as part of Operation Defensive Shield. In an effort to root out terrorists during the

Begin on Shared Nobel Prize with Sadat

Begin on Shared Nobel Prize with Sadat

Hear Menachem Begin‘s public response to having been announced as one of the two winners of 1978’s Nobel Peace Prize in this news clip (1:08) from the AP Archive. Begin was awarded the prestigious honor together with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for the Camp David

The Case of Muhammad al-Durrah

The Case of Muhammad al-Durrah

This video presents one perspective on the Muhammad al-Durrah incident, where a 12-year old Palestinian boy was allegedly killed by Israeli soldiers during a riot in the Gaza Strip on September 30, 2000, the second day of the Second Intifada. While the event was used

Rabin, Peres, and Arafat Share 1994 Peace Prize

Rabin, Peres, and Arafat Share 1994 Peace Prize

This news clip (2:14) from the AP Archive covers the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and some of the aftermath faced by its winners—Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, and PLO leader Yasser Arafat. The prize was awarded following 1993’s Oslo

Daniel Kahneman On Our Two Systems of Thinking

Daniel Kahneman On Our Two Systems of Thinking

In this clip (4:22) from British news hub The Guardian, Israeli-American psychologist Daniel Kahneman breaks down the concept of slow and fast thinking and explains why it matters. Simple though it may seem, this new way of conceptualizing human thought processes has major implications for

Israel Boasts the Most Vegans Per Capita in the World

Israel Boasts the Most Vegans Per Capita in the World

This article, from the magazine Israel21c, reports that Israel has the most vegans per capita in the world, due to the initiative of the non-profit organization, “Vegan-Friendly.”  Vegan-Friendly’s leader, Omri Paz, points out that Israelis primarily become vegan in order to protest the cruel treatment

Hershko and Ciechanover Explain The Ubiquitin System

Hershko and Ciechanover Explain The Ubiquitin System

Take a user-friendly visual tour of the discovery that won Israelis Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry in this excerpt (2:50) from the YES docuseries “The Nobelists.” Even those with no background in biology will appreciate the ingenuity of this breakthrough

A Talk With Aaron Ciechanover

A Talk With Aaron Ciechanover

Renowned Israeli biologist Aaron Ciechanover explains his research in protein degradation in this clip (2:19) from Israel’s official YouTube channel. Along with fellow Israeli laureate Avram Hershko and American laureate Irwin Rose, Ciechanover won the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for unveiling the ubiquitin system

Israel’s First Nobel Prize in Science

Israel’s First Nobel Prize in Science

This clip (3:18) from Haifa’s Technion Institute introduces Israel’s first Nobel prize winners in science: Avram Hershko and Aaron Ciechanover. They were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2004 along with American laureate Irwin Rose for their unveiling of the now widely-accepted ubiquitin system in

Robert Aumann: If You Want Peace, Prepare For War

Robert Aumann: If You Want Peace, Prepare For War

In this clip (2:42), Israeli-American Nobel prize winner Robert Aumann explains what mathematics and game theory have to do with nuclear weapons, the Cold War, and the “amazing sixty years” between 1945 and 2005. Aumann’s work in the area of game theory, and specifically his pioneering

A talk with Robert Aumann

A talk with Robert Aumann

Hear Israeli-American mathematician Robert Aumann speak about the contribution that earned him and Thomas Schelling 2005’s Nobel Prize in Economics in this clip (2:41) from the official YouTube channel of the State of Israel. German-born and American-raised Aumann joined the Mathematics faculty at Hebrew University

A Brief History of Yiddish Food in Israel

A Brief History of Yiddish Food in Israel

  This clip [02:13], from the documentary film, “Make Hummus Not War,” offers a brief history of Ashkenazi (Eastern European Jewish) food in the Israel. Acclaimed food writers Janna Gur and Claudia Roden offer insights on how this “Yiddish food” was ultimately replaced by the

Ada Yonath: Israel’s First Female Nobelist

Ada Yonath: Israel’s First Female Nobelist

Learn how Israeli Nobelist Ada Yonath went from a childhood of intense poverty to an adulthood of innovation and international acclaim in this clip (5:52) from the home of her research, the Weizmann Institute of Science. Recognized as a scientific leader for her ground-breaking developments

Dan Shechtman reminisces about his early years

Dan Shechtman reminisces about his early years

Israeli Nobel prize-winning scientist Dan Shechtman sits down with 21see and reminisces about his early years in this clip (2:16). His passion is contagious as he recalls what moved and inspired him to become an aspiring scientist, including a simple gift from his beloved grandfather

A talk with Dan Shechtman

A talk with Dan Shechtman

In this clip (3:53), hear about how Dan Shechtman, Israeli winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, came to discover quasicrystals, as well as the vehement opposition he faced from the international science community along the way. His discovery, now widely-accepted, has opened up new

Celebrating Michael Levitt’s Nobel prize

Celebrating Michael Levitt’s Nobel prize

This video clip (5:33) follows Israeli-American-British biophysicist Michael Levitt’s emotionally-charged morning on the day of the announcement that he was one of three winners of 2013’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry. From a 2 a.m. phone call to an influx of press in his humble home

Meet Nobelists Arieh Warshel and Michael Levitt

Meet Nobelists Arieh Warshel and Michael Levitt

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at scientists Arieh Warshel and Michael Levitt in this excerpt (3:53) from “The Nobelists,” a YES documentary about Israel’s Nobel prize winners. Learn why Warshel loves Pac-Man, why Levitt readily calls himself a geek, and how both scientists’ passions and upbringings ultimately

Arieh Warshel explains his prize-winning work

Arieh Warshel explains his prize-winning work

In this brief clip (1:43) from the University of Southern California, renowned Israeli biochemist and biophysicist Arieh Warshel explains in simple terms the scientific research that earned him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2013, along with fellow Israeli Michael Levitt and Austrian-American Martin Karplus.

Why Israelis Love Eurovision

Why Israelis Love Eurovision

In light of Israel’s 2018 victory at the Eurovision Song Contest, which resulted in Israel hosting the competition in 2019, this article analyzes why Israelis have always been such big fans of the international event, considered by many to be kitschy. Eurovision experts suggest that Israel’s

The Four Wars of Israel/Palestine

The Four Wars of Israel/Palestine

In this important article, Prof. Michael Walzer re-frames the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict into four simultaneous and continuous wars: the Palestinian war to destroy Israel, the Palestinian war for an independent state that will end Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the Israeli war for

Idan Raichel: Bringing Collaborative Israeli Music to the World

Idan Raichel: Bringing Collaborative Israeli Music to the World

This exclusive interview (07:34) with iconic Israeli musician Idan Raichel (07:34) reveals his thoughts on the power of collaborative music, representing Israel abroad, and his solo career. Raichel is the creative founder of the world-renowned Idan Raichel Project, a unique, intercultural, collaborative musical initiative that

Israeli Musicians Strike a Note Abroad

Israeli Musicians Strike a Note Abroad

This video (03:20) explores the recent phenomenon of Israeli musicians making it in the international music scene, especially New York. Mentioning both established and up-and-coming musicians, the video discusses what attracts the diverse audience abroad to Israeli music, often performed in Hebrew, whether the fans

Worldwide Success of Israeli TV Series

Worldwide Success of Israeli TV Series

Produced by ISRAEL21see, this video (03:36) explores why so many Israeli television series have been adopted by international producers, including interviews with industry leaders at the International TV Formats Conference in Israel, where television executives from around the world gather to shop for the next big Israeli

Sigalit Landau: Bringing Salt Art from the Dead Sea Around the World

Sigalit Landau: Bringing Salt Art from the Dead Sea Around the World

From the American PBS News Channel, this segment (03:09) highlights the uniquely Israeli art of Sigalit Landau, a sculptor, video creator and installation artist who draws her inspiration from the landscape and materials of the Dead Sea. Her creation – handcrafted and everyday items crystallized by

Mayumana: Bringing Israeli Creativity to the International Stage

Mayumana: Bringing Israeli Creativity to the International Stage

Produced by ISRAEL21see, this video (03:16) puts the spotlight on Mayumana, an internationally-acclaimed Israeli dance troupe that combines music, rhythm, dance, acting, singing, video art and humor in unique shows all over the world. Founded in Jaffa in 1996, the company now has more than

Tel Aviv Museum of Art Attracts Art-Lovers From Around the World

Tel Aviv Museum of Art Attracts Art-Lovers From Around the World

Featuring tourists from all over the world, this video from ISRAEL21see (02:52) introduces the Amir Wing of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, opened in 2012, which doubled the size of the museum, sharing Israel’s unique, high-quality art with the world. The video showcases the

Aqua Creations: Lighting Up the World

Aqua Creations: Lighting Up the World

Produced by ISRAEL21see, this video (03:35) introduces Aqua Creations, an Israeli lighting design company that has can be found in hotels and museums around the world. Created by Ayala Serfaty, the unique sculptural lights blend art and function in a truly unique way. 

Moran Samuel: Israeli Para Athlete and Rowing Champion

Moran Samuel: Israeli Para Athlete and Rowing Champion

This article, from the online news magazine Israel 21c, reports on Moran Samuel, a world rowing champion and winner of the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Samuel, originally a talented basketball player, became paralyzed at age 24 when she suddenly developed a rare spinal

A Taste of Israeli Fashion

A Taste of Israeli Fashion

Produced by Israel21see, this video (04:51) introduces viewers to the Israeli fashion scene that is taking the world by storm through interviews with Israel’s veteran and up-and-coming designers and visits to local fashion schools, shops, studios and the runways of Tel Aviv Fashion Week. 

A Quilt Exhibition Brings the Story of the Kibbutz Movement to the World

A Quilt Exhibition Brings the Story of the Kibbutz Movement to the World

Produced by Israel21see, this video (03:29) spotlights the Israel Quilter’s Association’s international exhibition, the story of the kibbutz movement to the world through a collection of 56 unique quilts created in honor of the 100th anniversary of the country’s early pioneering movement. With themes of

10 Israeli Artists Making Their Mark on the World’s Canvas

10 Israeli Artists Making Their Mark on the World’s Canvas

This article from ISRAEL21c introduces ten Israeli artists adding their unique style and creativity to museums, public and private spaces around the world, including Yosef “Jojo” Ohayon, a sculptor, painter and farmer, Fatma Shanan Dery, a Druze photographer and painter, Broken Fingaz, a world famous

Solomon Souza: Israel’s World Renowned Graffiti Artist

Solomon Souza: Israel’s World Renowned Graffiti Artist

This video (02:46) from i24NEWS introduces Solomon Souza, the world renowned street artist best known for his graffiti portraits of contemporary and historical characters on the shutters of the Machane Yehuda Market stalls in Jerusalem, transforming them into a nighttime art exhibit. Souza moved to

Static & Ben El On Their Success Abroad

Static & Ben El On Their Success Abroad

From the KTLA news channel in Los Angeles, this interview (02:07) puts the spotlight on Static & Ben El, an Israeli musical pop duo made up of Liraz Rousseau (Static) and Ben El Tavori. Celebrating the release of the English version of their most famous

Rona Ramon– A Hero in Her Own Right

Rona Ramon– A Hero in Her Own Right

This video [1:06], published by ILTV Israel Daily news platform, reports on Rona Ramon, who passed away on December 18, 2019, at age 54. In 2003, Rona’s husband Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut, was killed in the Columbia space shuttle accident, and in 2009,

Remembering Israel’s First Astronaut: Ilan Ramon

Remembering Israel’s First Astronaut: Ilan Ramon

This video [01:53], published by the official YouTube channel of the State of Israel, commemorates Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut. Ramon was killed along with his other crew members during the re-entry of the Columbia space shuttle into Earth’s atmosphere, on February 1, 2003.

Spacecraft Beresheet Proclaims, “Small Country, Big Dreams”

Spacecraft Beresheet Proclaims, “Small Country, Big Dreams”

The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) reports in this video, on the Israeli spacecraft Beresheet’s unsuccessful moon landing. Though SpaceIL, the non-profit organization which created Beresheet, was disappointed with the spacecraft’s crash-landing on the moon, they see this immediate failure as a step along the way

Beresheet: A Spacecraft to Inspire the Next Generation Of Israeli Youth

Beresheet: A Spacecraft to Inspire the Next Generation Of Israeli Youth

i24 NEWS, an Israeli international news channel, reports in this video on the motivation behind the creation of the Israeli Spacecraft, Beresheet. Though Beresheet ultimately crash-landed on the Moon’s surface rather than landing smoothly, this spacecraft still made history. It was the first spacecraft to

Spacecraft Beresheet — The Beginning of a New Era in Space Exploration

Spacecraft Beresheet — The Beginning of a New Era in Space Exploration

In this video [04:32], Tech Insider, the tech branch of Business Insider, provides background information on the Israeli spacecraft, Beresheet. At 1,290 pounds, and an expenditure of $100 million funded by private donors, it was the lightest and and lowest-budget spacecraft ever launched to the

Yarden Gerbi: Israeli World Champion in Women’s Judo

Yarden Gerbi: Israeli World Champion in Women’s Judo

This interview [02:42], published by the official YouTube channel of the State of Israel, features an interview with world Judo champion, Yarden Gerbi. Gerbi reminds viewers that though Israel is a small country with limited resources, its Judo team has gained international success due to

The Story of Israeli Soccer Superstar Yossi Benayoun

The Story of Israeli Soccer Superstar Yossi Benayoun

This article, featured in “From the Grapevine,” a website offering positive stories about Israel, reports on Yossi Benayoun’s April 2019 decision to retire. Benayoun grew up Dimona, one of the poorest cities in Israel, yet this did not stop him from becoming one of Israel’s best soccer

Alex Shatilov: Israeli Artistic Gymnastics Champion

Alex Shatilov: Israeli Artistic Gymnastics Champion

“Love Israel” magazine, created to show the positive aspects of Israeli culture  regularly overlooked by the media, interviews artistic gymnast and Floor Exercise champion, Alex Shatilov, in this article. Shatilov made aliyah with his family from Tashkent Uzbekistan at age 15, and and continued his training

Arab-Israeli Munas Dabbur: the highest paid Israeli soccer player in History

Arab-Israeli Munas Dabbur: the highest paid Israeli soccer player in History

  This video [02:39], published by the Israeli international news channel, i24 NEWS, features the Arab-Israeli Soccer star, Munas Dabbur, the highest paid Israeli soccer player in history. Dabbur, a Muslim from Nazareth, was motivated by his father’s dream to become a soccer player, and

Yom Hazikaron: “Families Have Been Notified”

Yom Hazikaron: “Families Have Been Notified”

Produced by Substantial Truth FilmMakers in honor of Yom Hazikaron, this sobering video (03:46) is a cinematic illustration of an IDF casualty notification officer preparing to share the horrific news of a soldier’s death to his/her family. Created following Operation Protective Edge in 2014, when 64 families

When the Siren Sounds on Mount Herzl

When the Siren Sounds on Mount Herzl

This blog post describes the unique experience of commemorating Yom Hazikaron at the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem. Shira Pasternak Be’eri, mother to two IDF soldiers, describes both the national and deeply personal aspects of mourning loved ones in such a public setting, emphasizing the

That Moment When Mourning Becomes Celebration

That Moment When Mourning Becomes Celebration

In this touching blog post, Rabbi Ari Abramowitz describes the powerful transition between Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut, explaining that the level of joy and gratitude he feels on the latter corresponds directly to the degree of pain and grief he feels on the former.

Michael Levin: Fallen Soldier of Israel

Michael Levin: Fallen Soldier of Israel

This video (06:23) tells the inspiring and tragic story of Michael Levin, an American lone soldier who fell in the Second Lebanon War in 2006 at just 22 years old. Michael was visiting his family in Philadelphia when the war broke out, yet he insisted on

Sagi Muki: Israeli Judo Champion Proudly Represents Israel

Sagi Muki: Israeli Judo Champion Proudly Represents Israel

This video, published by the official YouTube channel of the State of Israel, spotlights Sagi Muki, an Israeli judoka (Judo expert) who has been training since age four. He hoped to win a medal in the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio, yet he placed in

IDF Remembers Fallen Soldier Dan Talasnikov

IDF Remembers Fallen Soldier Dan Talasnikov

Produced by the IDF in 2012 in honor of Yom Hazikaron, this video (05:08) tells the tragic story of Dan Talasnikov, 21, a paratrooper who was killed by a terrorist in an undercover operation in 2005. Through video footage, photographs, and interviews with his family,

The Last Words of Fallen Soldiers

The Last Words of Fallen Soldiers

Produced by the IDF in honor of Yom Hazikaron in 2016, this heartbreaking video (01:03) reveals the last words of several soldiers who died in Operation Protective Edge in 2014, sharing a tiny snippet of the values and personalities of these brave young men. 

With All Your Soul: Roi Klein’s Extraordinary Act of Self Sacrifice

With All Your Soul: Roi Klein’s Extraordinary Act of Self Sacrifice

In Hebrew with English subtitles, this moving video (03:30) tells the extraordinary story of Roi Klein, an Israeli soldier and father of two young children who died during the 2006 Lebanon War after jumping on a grenade in order to save his fellow soldiers. With

Yom Ha’atzmaut Torch Lighters 2019

Yom Ha’atzmaut Torch Lighters 2019

This post introduces the individuals that will be honored with lighting the torches at the official 2019 Torch Lighting Ceremony that marks the transition from Yom Hazikaron to Yom Ha’atzmaut at the burial site of Theodor Herzl in Jerusalem. The twelve torches symbolizing the biblical

Omri Casspi: The First Israeli in the NBA

Omri Casspi: The First Israeli in the NBA

This video [04:09], published by the Sacramento Kings after drafting Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to ever play in the NBA, shows his journey from Maccabi Tel Aviv to the NBA. After achieving success in the NBA, Casspi wanted to show his teammates the Israel he

68 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Israel

68 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Israel

Produced by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs in celebration of Israel’s 68th birthday in 2016, this entertaining and informative video (06:18) lists 68 fun facts about Israel’s culture, industry, food, people, history, global contributions and more!

Shahar Peer: A World Class Tennis Player and Proud Jew

Shahar Peer: A World Class Tennis Player and Proud Jew

In this article, published by the major Jewish content website, Aish.com, Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer reveals the challenging and triumphant moments in her career.  While the rest of her competitors were solely focusing on the game, Peer led a March of the Living Holocaust remembrance

Yom Hazikaron & Yom Haatzmaut: Remembering That We Are Not Truly Independent

Yom Hazikaron & Yom Haatzmaut: Remembering That We Are Not Truly Independent

In this thought-provoking video (03:00), Dr. Rachael Turkienicz reflects on the importance symbolism of commemorating Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut back-to-back, suggesting that Jews around the world are never truly “independent,” as we are always connected to one another, the Jewish state and God through history

How Israeli Veterans Transition from Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut

How Israeli Veterans Transition from Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut

In this i24NEWS Memorial Day special (13:24), two Israeli combat veterans – an Israeli-Arab who served in the Second Lebanon War and a trauma counselor who works with IDF soldiers and their families – share their personal experiences of remembering loved ones and comrades on

The Nine Days of ‘We’: Yom Hashoah, Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut

The Nine Days of ‘We’: Yom Hashoah, Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut

In this thought-provoking video (04:42), Avram Infeld suggests a unique way of understanding the process the nation goes through between Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day), and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day). Dubbing this period “The Nine Days of We,” Infeld compares the

Holocaust Survivor Remembers Fallen Survivor-Soldiers

Holocaust Survivor Remembers Fallen Survivor-Soldiers

In this moving video from Yad Vashem (02:18), Holocaust survivor Yehuda Szternfeld briefly tells his own story and introduces the initiative he launched to commemorate “The Last Descendants” – survivors who lost their entire families in the Holocaust and then moved to Palestine, only to fall in Israel’s

The Last Descendants: The Stories of Mordechai David Gantz & Shalom Tepper

The Last Descendants: The Stories of Mordechai David Gantz & Shalom Tepper

This page on the IDF website introduces the concept of “The Last Descendants” – survivors who immigrated to Palestine alone after losing their entire families in the Holocaust, only to die fighting to establish and defend the State of Israel, leaving behind no family legacy.

The Story of Esther Dreisinger Koifman (1923-1948)

The Story of Esther Dreisinger Koifman (1923-1948)

This page tells the story of Esther Dreisinger Koifman (1923-1948), a Polish Holocaust survivor who lost who entire family in the Holocaust and immigrated to Palestine as part of the Ma’apilim clandestine immigration movement. After being sent to a detention camp in Cyprus by the

A Twice Bereaved Mother Discusses the Purpose of Yom Hazikaron

A Twice Bereaved Mother Discusses the Purpose of Yom Hazikaron

In this moving video (06:03), educator and inspirational speaker Miriam Peretz tells the story of how she continued to live after two of her sons, Uriel and Eliraz, were killed in battle, the former in Lebanon in 1998 and the latter in the Gaza Strip

Israel: The Birth of a Nation (Documentary)

Israel: The Birth of a Nation (Documentary)

Produced by the History Channel, this comprehensive documentary (1.5 hours) chronicles the establishment of the State of Israel by British historian, Sir Martin Gilbert. Using archive film, photographs and interviews, the documentary tells the unlikely story of the newborn country’s victory against invading Arab armies

How’s life in Israel, according to the OECD?

How’s life in Israel, according to the OECD?

This brief, data-based article published by the OECD Better Life Index overlays some of the OECD’s social findings with its economic figures, pointing to a far more complex picture of life in Israel. While Israel’s economy is strong, health, community, and engagement in the public

OECD exposes a bipolar Israel

OECD exposes a bipolar Israel

While the OECD’s recent economic report indeed heaps a great deal of praise upon Israel, that is only half the picture, points out Amiram Barkat in this brief but powerful article from Israeli business news hub Globes. Rather than praiseworthy or successful, though, it would

Economy strong but social equity low, OECD report shows

Economy strong but social equity low, OECD report shows

This write-up of a joint event hosted by the OECD and the Taub Institute for Social Policy Studies in Israel sheds light on the diverse findings from the OECD’s most recent economic survey of Israel. While Israel’s economy was lauded for success and progress, socially,

The destruction of the kibbutzim and the myth of “the periphery”

The destruction of the kibbutzim and the myth of “the periphery”

This blog post by journalist Asaf Shimoni, independent contributor to the Times of Israel, suggests a surprising link between Israel’s neglected periphery and the high incidence of kibbutzim located there. He posits that the government has intentionally marginalized and under-serviced areas surrounding the kibbutzim in

Is soccer enough to raise Be’er Sheva’s social status?

Is soccer enough to raise Be’er Sheva’s social status?

This insightful article from the Jerusalem Post looks at the case of Be’er Sheva and asks whether a peripheral community can ever truly upgrade to ‘central’ status. Be’er Sheva, long known as one of Israel’s peripheral communities, has experienced outstanding success on the national soccer

Israel’s periphery extends far beyond geographic borders

Israel’s periphery extends far beyond geographic borders

This thought-provoking read from popular Israeli news outlet Haaretz explains three terms frequently heard in Israeli media but often misunderstood: the periphery, the frontier, and the center. While the Israeli public is aware of the inequality that exists among these region types, many fail to recognize there

Discussions of LGBT Issues in the Knesset

Discussions of LGBT Issues in the Knesset

Produced by SocialTV in 2017, this video (03:18) features members of the Knesset, activists, and members of the LGBT community discussing the most pressing issues facing the community during the second annual day devoted to discussing LGBT rights in the Knesset. Despite progress, there is

PM Netanyahu: Solidarity With LGBT Community & Jerusalem Pride Parade

PM Netanyahu: Solidarity With LGBT Community & Jerusalem Pride Parade

In this official video (01:50), produced on the day of Jerusalem’s Pride Parade in 2016, PM Benjamin Netanyahu encourages people to support the LGBT community. Condemning violence against the LGBT community around the world and in Jerusalem, Netanyahu presents the Pride Parade as a symbol

A Tale of Two Prides: Tel Aviv vs. Jerusalem

A Tale of Two Prides: Tel Aviv vs. Jerusalem

This article in Out Magazine compares the euphoria of Tel Aviv’s Pride Parade with the intimacy and urgency of Jerusalem’s Pride Parade. The author, Brian Schaefer, references instances of violence at previous Jerusalem marches, which are an important act in the struggle for pluralism, diversity, and equality

Why Tel Aviv Is One of the Most LGBT-Friendly Cities in the World

Why Tel Aviv Is One of the Most LGBT-Friendly Cities in the World

This article from The Culture Trip travel website describes Tel Aviv as a haven for the local LGBT community and tourists, thanks to its world-renowned Pride Week, plethora of gay establishments, extensive municipal support and Israel’s relatively progressive LGBT rights record. Offering statistics about Tel

Tel Aviv: A “Gay Haven” or “Pinkwashing” Distraction?

Tel Aviv: A “Gay Haven” or “Pinkwashing” Distraction?

This Associated Press video (02:30) highlights Tel Aviv as one of the world’s most gay-friendly cities for locals and tourists alike, focusing on the open atmosphere, exciting night life, annual Pride Parade and the extensive support of the municipality, especially in comparison to the rest

Public Opinion Survey on the Rights of Same-Sex Couples

Public Opinion Survey on the Rights of Same-Sex Couples

This article reports the findings of a public opinion survey conducted in honor of the 2018 Jerusalem Gay Pride parade by Hiddush, an organization working towards religious freedom and equality in Israeli society. The survey reveals that a vast majority of the public supports the

20 Years of Tel Aviv Pride and a Comparison to Jerusalem

20 Years of Tel Aviv Pride and a Comparison to Jerusalem

In this i24NEWS interview (05:38), long-time LGBT activist Avi Soffer discusses 20 years of the annual Tel Aviv Pride Parade, including what has changed over the past two decades, what challenges lay ahead, and a comparison of Tel Aviv’s flamboyantly free and fun parade to

Summary of LGBT Rights in Israel

Summary of LGBT Rights in Israel

This page presents a concise view of the rights of the LGBT community in Israel, from the website of Equaldex, a collaborative knowledge base for the LGBT movement around the world. Citing the legal status of homosexuality, same-sex marriage, adoption, housing and employment discrimination, military service, and

A Critical Examination of Israeli LGBT Advancements: Genuine Progress or Attempts at Elevated Global Status?

A Critical Examination of Israeli LGBT Advancements: Genuine Progress or Attempts at Elevated Global Status?

This academic article from the Yale Review of International Studies examines advancements in Israeli law, society and culture to gauge whether Israel’s perceived progressive attitude toward the LGBT community is a genuine expression of the country’s values and the reality on the ground or a “pinkwashing” tactic

LGBTQ Activist on the Surrogacy Law and Community Rights

LGBTQ Activist on the Surrogacy Law and Community Rights

In this video (05:19), produced by i24NEWS in light of the 2018 law prohibiting single men and gay couples from state-supported surrogacy rights, LGBTQ activist Yonatan Feffer discusses the progress of LGBTQ rights in Israel compared to other countries and shares his personal experiences of going

MFA: Legal Equality for Israel’s LGBTQ Community

MFA: Legal Equality for Israel’s LGBTQ Community

This article from the official website of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs summarizes the legal status of Israel’s LGBT individuals and families, emphasising their equality and protection under the law and the inclusiveness of Israeli society and omitting cases of legal and societal discrimination and

More funding towards education in the periphery? Yes please, but don’t stop there

More funding towards education in the periphery? Yes please, but don’t stop there

Allocating more funding to elementary schools in Israel’s periphery is an important first step but it can’t end there, argues education activist Dalia Perez in this 3-minute read from the Jerusalem Post. Students in Israel’s periphery lag far behind their counterparts in the central regions—public

Improving education in the periphery through affirmative action

Improving education in the periphery through affirmative action

Affirmative action could be the solution to closing the education gap between Israel’s advantaged and disadvantaged communities, according to this enlightening blog post from the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel. Schools in Israel’s periphery and other low socioeconomic regions frequently suffer from

A look at education in Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox community

A look at education in Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox community

This statistical report from the the Israel Democracy Institute looks at the longstanding education gap between Israel’s Haredi and general populations, suggesting that it is currently in a state of flux. While more female students are taking matriculation exams and pursuing higher education than ever

The key to breaking cycle of poverty in Israel lies in education

The key to breaking cycle of poverty in Israel lies in education

The OECD’s recent report on Israel’s economy reveals some disturbing findings about the national prevalence of social inequality, explains this blog post from the OECD Ecoscope. Inequality of education among children and adolescents translates into inequality of employment and income among adults, most notably in

Education gaps between Jews and Arabs are closing

Education gaps between Jews and Arabs are closing

Despite the seemingly enormous gaps that national statistics reveal between Arab and Jewish education, this article from The Times of Israel suggests that when socio-economic factors are taken into account, the contrast is far less stark. There are higher numbers of Arab Israelis enrolling in all levels

Changing the status quo for Israeli Arabs

Changing the status quo for Israeli Arabs

This clip from PBS NewsHour (8:47) addresses the systemic inequality present between Israel’s Arab and Jewish populations, from early childhood education all the way up to higher education, employment, and daily experiences of citizenship. Israeli Arabs are under-represented in positions of leadership across all sectors

Driving innovation in Israel’s periphery

Driving innovation in Israel’s periphery

An Innovation Driven Economy in the Periphery: A National Priority is a chapter from the Israel Innovation Authority‘s 2018 report on all things Israel and innovation. Thorough and research-based, this chapter outlines a number of practical suggestions for narrowing the income gap between residents of Israel’s

Exclusion of minorities not the only problem with Israel’s economy

Exclusion of minorities not the only problem with Israel’s economy

While Israel’s economic boom has no doubt left some minority groups behind, this article posits that the problem is in fact much broader than it seems. The glaring exclusion of certain groups—namely Israeli Arabs, Haredim, and residents of Israel’s periphery—from Israel’s economy suggests that this

Poverty and economic inequality on the decline

Poverty and economic inequality on the decline

This informative article analyzes Israel’s lack of socio-economic equity as evidenced by the demographic divide present among its poor. Data from the National Insurance Institute shows both gains and losses for Israel’s minority groups including Israeli Arabs, Haredim, the elderly, and the unemployed. Ultimately, this

A data-based snapshot of Israel’s poor

A data-based snapshot of Israel’s poor

This 7-page report put out by the Meyers-JDC-Brookdale Institute—a leading center for applied social research in Israel—provides an overview of Israel’s poor. Haredim, Israeli Arabs, and families with four or more children are found to be particularly hard-hit by poverty, despite the fact that figures do show overall

Poverty hits some groups harder than others

Poverty hits some groups harder than others

This brief clip from i24NEWS (2:10) explores not only the general prevalence of poverty in Israel but also the demographic makeup of those living under the poverty line. Researcher John Gal discusses why Israeli Arabs and Haredi Jews are the most widely-represented minority groups among

Prevalence of poverty in the Haredi community

Prevalence of poverty in the Haredi community

Israel’s Haredi community continues to suffer from far higher poverty rates than the general population despite that the rates are indeed declining. This statistical report put out by the Israel Democracy Institute sheds light on some of the most recent numbers and explores the Haredi

How and why to attract doctors to Israel’s periphery

How and why to attract doctors to Israel’s periphery

This academic article from the Israel Journal of Health Policy Research outlines the importance of bringing more primary healthcare physicians to Israel’s peripheral regions. As compared to the communities in the center, peripheral regions have long suffered from inadequate medical care and resource availability. The

Inadequate healthcare and general inequity in the periphery

Inadequate healthcare and general inequity in the periphery

Residents of Israel’s periphery have poorer access to public resources—including education, transportation, and healthcare—than residents of its central regions. As a result of inadequate medical care, these citizens experience lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality rates, and far lower doctor-to-patient ratios. The cycle of disadvantage

The health of the Arab Israeli population

The health of the Arab Israeli population

Data from the Central Bureau of Statistics’ (CBS) Social Survey indicates a significant health gap between Israel’s Jewish and Arab populations. A study from the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel draws connections between the statistical findings and socio-economic factors such as availability

Even in the same city, Arab infant mortality rates far higher than among Jews

Even in the same city, Arab infant mortality rates far higher than among Jews

A recent Health Ministry report finds wide gaps between Jewish and Arab citizens’ health outcomes, according to this article from the Times of Israel. With life expectancy lower and infant mortality rates higher among Arabs than Jews—even in the same cities—one wonders whether this is

Live long and prosper: health in the Haredi community

Live long and prosper: health in the Haredi community

The Israeli Haredi community has researchers scratching their heads: How is it that a group of such low socio-economic standing experiences better health and greater longevity than its more prosperous counterparts? Taub Center researchers Dov Chernichovsky and Chen Sharony attribute this surprising finding to higher levels

Haredim self-report ‘very good’ health despite inferior care

Haredim self-report ‘very good’ health despite inferior care

Objective statistics show a growing gap between the healthcare afforded to Israel’s Haredi and general populations. Nonetheless, recent studies suggest that this may not align with how the Haredi citizens experience their own health. Among Haredi citizens, 73% self-report their health as “very good,” as

Statement from Palestinian Leadership Upon the Outbreak of the Second Intifada

Statement from Palestinian Leadership Upon the Outbreak of the Second Intifada

This post presents the statement from the Palestinian leadership from September 30, 2000, the day after Ariel Sharon’s controversial visit to the Temple Mount, wherein they call upon the Palestinian people and wider Arab world to unite in the struggle for Palestinian rights, statehood, and defense

The Causes & Early Stages of the Second Intifada

The Causes & Early Stages of the Second Intifada

Written by Ziv Hellman, a founding member of Peace Watch, the watchdog group reporting on the implementation of the Oslo Agreements, this concise article examines the early stages of the Second Intifada, including the long and short term causes and the differences between the First

Background & Causes of the Second Intifada

Background & Causes of the Second Intifada

Written by Jeremy Pressman, Director of Middle East Studies at the University of Connecticut, this lengthy article from The Journal of Conflict Studies outlines the background and causes that led to the outbreak of the Second Intifada. Moving away from the approaches that place blame on

Some groups are still being excluded from Israel’s Labor Market

Some groups are still being excluded from Israel’s Labor Market

At the end of 2018, research found Israel’s labor market to be in relatively good shape. And yet, even amid the economic growth, we continue to find glaring opportunity gaps in the labor market, especially impacting Haredi men and Arab women. This overview from the

Integrating the Haredi population into Israel’s workforce

Integrating the Haredi population into Israel’s workforce

Two groups of the Israeli population have long been underrepresented in its growing workforce: Arab women and Haredi men. This in-depth article from the Israel Democracy Institute focuses on the latter, exploring why employment levels are so low among Haredi men and what can be done

The Palestinian Authority’s Responsibility for the Outbreak of the Second Intifada

The Palestinian Authority’s Responsibility for the Outbreak of the Second Intifada

Written by Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi, a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, this thorough article aims to debunk the myth that the Second Intifada was a spontaneous popular uprising over which the Palestinian Authority leadership

Ensuring equal opportunities for Arab citizens

Ensuring equal opportunities for Arab citizens

This informative clip (1:46) put out by the Israel Democracy Institute explores why more than a third of young Arab citizens are neither employed nor acquiring the necessary education or skills to enter the Israeli workforce. With so many factors working against them, from language

Israel promises billions of shekels to Arab citizens to help narrow social gaps

Israel promises billions of shekels to Arab citizens to help narrow social gaps

In this news clip (6:14) published by Amotat Sikkuy—a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing equality between Palestinian Arab citizens and Jewish citizens of Israel—Mayor Mazen Ghanaim and Sikkuy’s executive co-director Rawnak Natour discuss Netanyahu’s decision to transfer 10 to 15 billion shekels’ worth of funding to

Israeli government to inject half billion shekels into periphery

Israeli government to inject half billion shekels into periphery

In attempts to lessen the opportunity gaps between Israel’s center and its periphery, the government announced in 2018 plans to invest generously in four of its underfunded—yet promising—peripheral communities. Max Schindler, business reporter at the Jerusalem Post, explores the implications of Israel’s funding plan in

High rates of unemployment in Israel’s North: epic fail or future opportunity?

High rates of unemployment in Israel’s North: epic fail or future opportunity?

With unemployment rates in Israel’s peripheral regions soaring, many wonder what can be done to reverse the trend. In this op-ed from the Israel Democracy Institute, Nasreen Hadad Haj-Yahya questions what lies behind the employment gap between Israel’s center and its Galilee region and whether it

A critical look at Israel’s problematic healthcare system

A critical look at Israel’s problematic healthcare system

This Times of Israel blog post by Professor Naomi Chazan explores the less-than-glamorous side of Israeli healthcare—inequitable accessibility, inadequate resources, low doctor-patient ratios, and widespread underfunding. “Nothing exemplifies Israel’s crisis of governance more painfully than the imminent collapse of this infrastructure.” Chazan is former Deputy Speaker

Wealth Inequality in Israel: 2nd Highest Among OECD Countries

Wealth Inequality in Israel: 2nd Highest Among OECD Countries

This brief video [01:34] from i24News, an Israel based international news channel, reports that in 2016 Israel was ranked among the 34 OECD countries (Organization for Economic Co-oeperation and Development) as having the 2nd highest gap between the rich and the poor.  Even though the

Israel’s healthcare is tops, but will it last?

Israel’s healthcare is tops, but will it last?

In 2018, Israel ranked 6th worldwide in Bloomberg’s annual Health Care Efficiency Index. But will Israel succeed in maintaining its high ranking in years to come? This brief article from Globes explores why Israel’s inadequate public expenditure on health might cause its ranking to decline.

What can America learn from the Israeli healthcare system?

What can America learn from the Israeli healthcare system?

This i24NEWS clip (3:30) contrasts the American healthcare system to its Israeli counterpart. While American medical care is prohibitively expensive for a large percentage of the population, Israeli care is universal, equitable, and inexpensive. The public and private sectors come together to give Israeli citizens

Israel’s Water Supply: From Shortage to Surplus

Israel’s Water Supply: From Shortage to Surplus

In this video [07:57] produced by PBS NewsHour, Martin Fletcher reports on how Israel has increased its water supply dramatically in just a few years. Israel has incorporated water recycling, conservation, and desalination– with desalination producing the greatest results. According to Gidon Bromberg, the Israeli

Arab-Jewish Relations Index 2017

Arab-Jewish Relations Index 2017

This report summarizes the findings of the 2017 Arab-Jewish Relations Index, an annual survey conducted by Professor Sammy Smooha of the University of Haifa concerning the relationship between Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens. While the study reveals a deterioration in coexistence and a decline in

The Status of Arabs in Israeli Society

The Status of Arabs in Israeli Society

This video from i24NEWS (16:00) presents a heated debate between Sami Abu Shehadeh, an Arab-Israeli historian, politician and community leader, and Yoram Sheftel, a Jewish-Israeli defense attorney and radio host, about the status of Israel’s Arab minority in Israeli society, including questions of self-identification, integration, discrimination, and

The State of Israeli Democracy: How Do Israelis Feel About Israel?

The State of Israeli Democracy: How Do Israelis Feel About Israel?

This informative video (02:11) presents the findings of the Israel Democracy Institute’s 2016 Israeli Democracy Index, an annual survey of how the Israeli public feels about government institutions, the Jewish and democratic characters of the state, politics, and more. With visual graphs presenting statistics, the video shows

What Jews & Arabs Think of the Role of Arabs in Israeli Society

What Jews & Arabs Think of the Role of Arabs in Israeli Society

In this informative video (02:11) from 2018, Nasreen Hadad Haj-Yahya, Co-Director of the Arab-Jewish Relations Program at the Israel Democracy Institute, presents the findings of a study on the complex relationship between Arabs and Jews in Israel. In Hebrew with English subtitles, the video explores issues such

Murder of Young Woman in Arab-Israeli Village Sheds Light on Police Inactivity

Murder of Young Woman in Arab-Israeli Village Sheds Light on Police Inactivity

This i24NEWS segment (02:19) from 2018 examines the problem of violence against women in Israeli society in general and Arab-Israeli communities specifically through the murder of 16 year old Yara Aroub from the Arab-Israeli village of al-Jish. The video points to both police and government inactivity as

“Honor Killings” in Arab-Israeli Society & Israel’s Response

“Honor Killings” in Arab-Israeli Society & Israel’s Response

Produced by CGTN, this news segment (02:48) explores the phenomenon of so-called “honor killings” in Arab-Israeli society and whether the Israeli government and police are doing enough to protect women and prosecute murderers. 

Violence Against Women in Israel and the Middle East

Violence Against Women in Israel and the Middle East

Produced in the wake of the 2018 protests against violence against women, in this i24NEWS segment (07:06), journalist Mohammad Al-Kassim and activist Gabriella Dekalo Dor explore the phenomenon of violence against women in Israeli society in general, as well amongst the Arab-Israeli population and Arab and

Comparing Israeli & American Affirmative Action Programs in Universities

Comparing Israeli & American Affirmative Action Programs in Universities

In this article from the Huffington Post, Sigal Alon, associate professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at Tel Aviv University and the author of Race, Class, and Affirmative Action, compares the affirmative action policies in universities in Israel and the United States. As opposed to

Sayed Kashua: Arab-Israeli Journalist Discusses Identity, Zionism & Inequality

Sayed Kashua: Arab-Israeli Journalist Discusses Identity, Zionism & Inequality

In this short video (01:57), Sayed Kashua, a Hebrew-language author, journalist and comedian, discusses his identity as a Palestinian Arab citizen of Israel, his rejection of Zionism, and his frustration with inequality in Israeli society. Kashua, who grew up in the Arab-Israeli city of Tira, moved

Ayman Sikseck: Arab-Israeli Author Discusses Identity & Compassion

Ayman Sikseck: Arab-Israeli Author Discusses Identity & Compassion

In this first half of this video from i24News (00:40-08:00), Arab-Israeli author, Ayman Sikseck discusses the challenges of bridging his Israeli and Arab identities, especially in times of conflict. Filmed during the 2014 Gaza-Israel War, he emphasizes the need to listen to those with different opinions,

Nasreen Qadri: Arab-Israeli Singer Talks About Her Identity & Music

Nasreen Qadri: Arab-Israeli Singer Talks About Her Identity & Music

In this short interview (02:55), in Hebrew with English subtitles, Nasreen Qadri discusses her identity as an Arab, Muslim Israeli who sings in both Arabic and Hebrew and will perform anywhere, even in Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Although she went through the process

Lucy Aharish: Arab-Israeli News Anchor Lights the Independence Day Torch

Lucy Aharish: Arab-Israeli News Anchor Lights the Independence Day Torch

Produced by i24News in 2015, this video (05:54) introduces Lucy Aharish, a Muslim Arab-Israeli news anchor, reporter and television host who was one of twelve Israeli personalities chosen to light a torch in the official ceremony kicking off Israel’s 67th Independence Day celebrations. A proud Israeli who is outspoken about

Thoughts from an Israeli, Arab, Muslim IDF Soldier

Thoughts from an Israeli, Arab, Muslim IDF Soldier

In this short video (01:17), Yahya Mahamid, an Israeli, Arab, Muslim from the Arab city of Uhm al Fahm, describes his pride in volunteering to serve in a combat unit in the Israel Defense Forces.   

Arabs Volunteering in Israel’s National Civil Service: Both Sides of the Story

Arabs Volunteering in Israel’s National Civil Service: Both Sides of the Story

In Hebrew with English subtitles, this news segment from Channel 2 News (08:53) explores different perspectives on the question of Arab citizens of Israel volunteering in Israel’s National Civil Service, an alternative to military service offered to various sectors in Israeli society. The video features

Fighting for the Enemy? Arab-Israelis Who Reject & Support Military Service

Fighting for the Enemy? Arab-Israelis Who Reject & Support Military Service

Produced by RT global news channel, this news segment (03:16) explores both sides of the controversy over Arab-Israelis serving in the Israel Defense Forces. Produced in 2012, at a time when Israel was reviewing the draft laws that exempt ultra-Orthodox Jews and Arab-Israelis from military

Why Are More Israeli-Arabs Enlisting In The IDF?

Why Are More Israeli-Arabs Enlisting In The IDF?

Produced by the ILTV independent media company dedicated to defending Israel with balanced reporting, this video (04:00) explores the growing phenomenon of Israel’s Arab citizens volunteering to serve in the Israel Defense Forces and national service programs, despite backlash from their communities. Interviews with Arab-Israelis

Cultural Figures & Average Citizens Embracing Palestinian Identity

Cultural Figures & Average Citizens Embracing Palestinian Identity

In Hebrew/Arabic with English subtitles, this video (05:37) explores the trend of Arab citizens of Israel beginning to identify more as Palestinians than Arab-Israelis. Through interviews with Tamer Nafar, an Arab rapper, and a Bedouin community leader, the video shows how this shift in collective identity

Arab Identity in a Jewish & Democratic State

Arab Identity in a Jewish & Democratic State

In this thorough article, Karin Tamar Schafferman of the Israel Democracy Institute examines the complexity of Arab self-definition and the relationship between Arabs and Jews in Israel in order to determine whether true equality has been achieved. The author describes the development of these issues

Arab Identity & Building a Shared Society

Arab Identity & Building a Shared Society

In this thought-provoking lecture (10:13) from the Shalom Hartman Institute, Rawnak Natour, an Arab-Israeli activist, discusses the factors that contribute to her complex identity and the challenges of building a shared society in Israel. She emphasizes the importance of the Arabic language, connection with the wider Arab

Israeli-Arabs Residents of Umm al-Fahm Discuss Identity & Their Future

Israeli-Arabs Residents of Umm al-Fahm Discuss Identity & Their Future

Produced by The Media Line, an American non-profit news agency dedicated to producing contextual and nuanced reporting from the Middle East, this video (04:37) explores the complex identity of Israel’s Arab citizens through interviews with some of the residents of Umm al-Fahm, an Arab city in northern

Jewish Identity Versus Israeli Identity: A New Generation

Jewish Identity Versus Israeli Identity: A New Generation

In this i24News segment (06:49), Dr. Yair Caspi explores the emergence of a new phenomenon of young Israeli Jews from across the religious spectrum picking and choosing from among the various traditions and ideologies to create their own unique, mixed identity. Dr. Yair Caspi is a

What Does Israel’s Nation-State Bill Mean for Israel’s Minorities?

What Does Israel’s Nation-State Bill Mean for Israel’s Minorities?

Produced by i24 News, this news segment (08:36) introduces Israel’s Nation-State Law, specifically examining its impact on the country’s minority populations and various responses to the passing of the law. After listing some of the most controversial clauses officially enshrining Israel as the nation-state of the

A Debate on Israel’s Policy Toward African Migrants

A Debate on Israel’s Policy Toward African Migrants

This i24News report (13:42) presents a debate between Yonatan Jakubowicz, Director of PR at the Israeli Immigration Policy Center, and Joshua Sobol, playwright and activist against Israel’s migrant policies. It presents the ethical, legal and economic perspectives from both sides. 

Israel’s African Asylum Seekers: What Needs to Be Done

Israel’s African Asylum Seekers: What Needs to Be Done

Written by Irwin Cotler, a former minister of justice and attorney general of Canada, this Times of Israel article urges Israel to stop inciting the public against asylum seekers and set up a proper refugee status determination system. Arguing that there is no contradiction between Israel as a

Why Israel Shouldn’t Deport African Asylum Seekers

Why Israel Shouldn’t Deport African Asylum Seekers

Written by Rabbi Susan Silverman, a Reform rabbi, activist and author, this article from Moment Magazine criticizes Israel’s controversial policies toward African migrants and asylum seekers, arguing for Israel to use its innovative genius to create forward-thinking models to solve the problem while improving the

In Defense of Israel’s Policy Toward Illegal African Migrants

In Defense of Israel’s Policy Toward Illegal African Migrants

Written by Dr. Emmanuel Navon, an Israeli international relations expert, this Times of Israel blog post from 2018 defends Israel’s controversial policy toward illegal African immigrants as consistent with international law and the practice of other democracies. He argues that the vast amount of Africans illegally entering

Illegal Migrants & Refugees in Israel: Major Trends and Background Information

Illegal Migrants & Refugees in Israel: Major Trends and Background Information

Created by the Jewish Federations of North America in 2018, this thorough 23-page long report provides important information about economic migrants and asylum seekers in Israel. The article defines key terms, differentiating between “economic migrants,” “asylum seekers,” “refugees,” and “illegal aliens,” and then explains the situation of

Exploring the African Migrant Dilemma in Israel

Exploring the African Migrant Dilemma in Israel

Produced by i24News in 2018, this informative news segment (02:21) summarizes the different perspectives in Israel towards the thousands of African migrants and asylum seekers, legal and illegal, currently living in Israel.  While some claim that they are simply seeking economic opportunity and causing harm

Everything You Wanted to Know about Eritreans in Israel But Were Afraid to Ask

Everything You Wanted to Know about Eritreans in Israel But Were Afraid to Ask

Produced by the African Refugee Development Center in Israel, this informative video (03:09) clears up some important “myths and facts” surrounding the issue of Eritrean asylum seekers in Israel, including the realities on the ground in Eritrea, why they come to Israel, the dangers of their

Asylum-Seekers in Israel: Background and Figures

Asylum-Seekers in Israel: Background and Figures

From the ASSAF Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel, this 4-page long document provides an introduction to the issue of asylum seekers in Israel, including some important statistics and Israel’s general policy. 

Israel’s Religiously Divided Society: Graphs

Israel’s Religiously Divided Society: Graphs

Produced by Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about global trends, this thorough article summarizes the findings of the 2014-2015 study, which provides insight into Israel’s polarized society, revealing the deep political and religious gulfs among Israeli Jews, as well as between Jews,

Introducing Israel’s Minority Communities

Introducing Israel’s Minority Communities

From the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this article introduces each of Israel’s minority population groups, including Muslim Arabs, Bedouin Arabs, Christian Arabs, Druze, and Circassians. After providing information about each community’s population, geographical dispersion, and level of integration into Israeli society, the article explains more

Nation-State Law Explainer: What Is It & Why Do So Many People Oppose It?

Nation-State Law Explainer: What Is It & Why Do So Many People Oppose It?

From the Israel Democracy Institute, this succinct article provides basic information about Israel’s controversial Nation-State Law, including what it is, why so many people oppose it, and a brief explanation of the perspective of those that support it. The Israel Democracy Institute is opposed to

Everything You’ve Heard About Israel’s Nation State Bill Is Wrong

Everything You’ve Heard About Israel’s Nation State Bill Is Wrong

Written by David Hazony, the executive director of the Israel Innovation Fund, this thorough article from The Forward defends Israel’s Nation-State Law, arguing that it is comprised of mostly symbolic declarations that simply reaffirm the core purpose of the country: building a Jewish homeland through sovereignty,

An English Translation of Israel’s Nation-State Law

An English Translation of Israel’s Nation-State Law

From the website of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, this 3-page long document presents an unofficial English translation of Israel’s controversial Nation-State Law, a Basic Law with quasi-constitutional status that enshrines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

Tribes, Identity & Individual Freedom in Israel

Tribes, Identity & Individual Freedom in Israel

Written by Natan Sachs and Brian Reeves and published by the Center for Middle East Policy, this 23-page long article examines the history and implications of Israel’s attitudes and policies toward individual autonomy, group identity, and the separation of religion and state. It presents the

The Population of Israel

The Population of Israel

Published by the Jewish People Policy Institute in 2015, this 24-page long study provides a thorough analysis of Israel’s demographic characteristics and trends in order to influence policy-making that will increase the Jewish character of the state while securing the rights of minority groups.The study examines

Arab Citizens of Israel Early in the Twenty-First Century

Arab Citizens of Israel Early in the Twenty-First Century

Written by Arik Rudnitzky, project manager of the Konrad Adenauer Program for Jewish-Arab Cooperation at the Moshe Dayan Center, this 137-page long study assesses the political and social situation of Israel’s Arab citizens early in the twenty-first century, and lists some of the most important literature in the field

‘What makes one an Israeli?’ Negotiating identities in everyday representations of ‘Israeliness’

‘What makes one an Israeli?’ Negotiating identities in everyday representations of ‘Israeliness’

Written by Rakefet Sela Sheffy from Tel Aviv University’s Unit of Culture Research, this 19-page long article explores the construction of an Israeli identity not found in public political discourse, based on open responses to the question ‘What makes one an Israeli?’. The study analyzes how contemporary

State and Religion in Israel: Possible Scenarios

State and Religion in Israel: Possible Scenarios

Written by Shlomo Hasson, this 104 page booklet examines the role of religion in Israeli society. The author explores four fundamental struggles of this subject – the place of religion in public life, equality, Israel’s public space, and the borders of the state – analyzing

Israel’s Religiously Divided Society (Pew Research Center, 2016

Israel’s Religiously Divided Society (Pew Research Center, 2016

Produced by Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about global trends, this 237-page long report provides the full findings of the 2014-2015 study, which provides insight into Israel’s polarized society, revealing the deep political and religious gulfs among Israeli Jews, as well

After the Zionist Revolution: Patterns of Jewish Collective Identity among Israeli Jews

After the Zionist Revolution: Patterns of Jewish Collective Identity among Israeli Jews

This thorough article compares the findings of the The Jewish People Policy Institute’s Israeli Pluralism Survey (2016) and the Pew Research Center’s survey (2014-2015), the results of which were published as “Israel’s Religiously Divided Society,” which divided Israel’s Jewish population into four major groups: Hilonim (secular),

The Middle East Since 9/11

The Middle East Since 9/11

Written by Jacob L. Shapiro, Director of Analysis for Geopolitical Futures (GPF), this in-depth article analyses how the Middle East was transformed by the massive changes sparked by 9/11, including the West’s war against terror, the Arab Spring, economic crisis, and the rise of more jihadist groups.

War & Ethics in the IDF Ethical Code

War & Ethics in the IDF Ethical Code

Adapted from a lecture by Moshe Halbertal, Israeli philosopher, professor and co-author of the Israeli Army Code of Ethics, this article from the Shalom Hartman Institute discusses the challenges the Israel Defense Forces faces when trying to justly fight a war against terror in highly populated

Dan Senor: How Israel Became a Leader in Business Innovation

Dan Senor: How Israel Became a Leader in Business Innovation

In this CNBC news segment (06:46), Dan Senor, co author of Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, discusses some of the unique factors that have helped Israel become a global leader in business innovation, including an open immigration policy, effective economic and government programs, the

Why Are Arab Israelis So Underrepresented in the Start Up Nation?

Why Are Arab Israelis So Underrepresented in the Start Up Nation?

This article from Business Insider presents the perspective of Itzik Frid, CEO of a venture capital firm and startup incubator focused on Arab-led startups, on why Arab Israelis are so grossly underrepresented in the tech workforce and what can be done to promote equality. Frid discusses four main

Israeli Arabs Seeking Greater Share in Country’s Start-up Success

Israeli Arabs Seeking Greater Share in Country’s Start-up Success

In this article from Business Insider, Tova Cohen discusses some of the factors that limit Arab Israelis from succeeding in the tech sector of the Start-Up Nation, including scarce funding, discrimination, not serving in the IDF, and geographic location. The article highlights the role of Nazareth,

Israel: Start-Up Nation for All…Or Is It?

Israel: Start-Up Nation for All…Or Is It?

Produced by Appleseeds Academy, an Israeli nonprofit that aims to bridge the digital divide between the Start-Up Nation and Israel’s geographic and social periphery, this video (01:38) questions whether Israel is truly the “Start-Up Nation” if large portions of the population are excluded from the

How Did Israel Become the Start-Up Nation?

How Did Israel Become the Start-Up Nation?

Produced by VisuakPolitik, a YouTube channel about global politics and international events, this video (09:33) explores how a country as small and turbulent as Israel managed to become one of the world’s innovation leaders. While mentioning other factors, such as Israeli “chutzpah” and the influence of mandatory

Failure: The Surprising Fuel in Israel’s Startup Engine

Failure: The Surprising Fuel in Israel’s Startup Engine

In this article from ISRAEL21c, Abigail Klein Leichman shows how the attitude of Israel’s Start-Up industry toward failure contributes to its ultimate success. Interviews with some of Israel’s most successful entrepreneurs reveal how they were able to grow from massive failures and how the acceptance

Economic Freedom: The Key to the Start-Up Nation’s Success

Economic Freedom: The Key to the Start-Up Nation’s Success

Providing a brief economic history of the State of Israel, this video (03:50) shows how Israel’s shift from a socialist state to a free-market economy based on Milton Friedman’s school of thought saved the country from economic and existential crisis and gave entrepreneurs the freedom they

Community Collaboration: The Secret of Israel’s Hi-Tech Success

Community Collaboration: The Secret of Israel’s Hi-Tech Success

From collaborative co-working spaces to informal mentorship programs, this short video (02:06) attributes Israel’s success as a Start Up Nation to the willingness of successful entrepreneurs to share their ideas, knowledge and networks with aspiring young entrepreneurs, based on the attitude that a success for one

Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World

Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World

In this inspiring video (06:18), Avi Jorisch, entrepreneur and author of Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World, explores the disproportionate role Israel plays in creating innovative solutions to some of the word’s greatest humanitarian challenges. He highlights eleven major Israeli inventions in the fields of

Innovation in Israel & the Palestinian Territories

Innovation in Israel & the Palestinian Territories

Produced by WIRED UK, a publication about life-changing people, trends and ideas, this video (18:58) is this the first of five in a documentary series about the tech industry in Israel and the Palestinian territories. This episode visits Israeli and Palestinian industry experts and entrepreneurs

Israel, the Start-Up Nation, is Failing Most of Its Entrepreneurs

Israel, the Start-Up Nation, is Failing Most of Its Entrepreneurs

In this article from Haaretz, Ora Cohen reveals Israel’s failure to foster small and medium-sized start-ups that are not in the tech hi-tech industry, and how this affects both consumers and businesses. Readers require a paid Haaretz subscription or password in order to access this

Dan Senor: The Start-Up Nation at 70

Dan Senor: The Start-Up Nation at 70

In his address (21:06) at the Jewish Funders Network 2018 International Conference in Tel Aviv, Dan Senor, co author of Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, discusses how Israel’s role in the global innovation ecosystem has continued to develop since the writing of

Israel at 70: The ‘Start-up Nation’ Celebrates Innovation

Israel at 70: The ‘Start-up Nation’ Celebrates Innovation

Produced by i24NEWS in celebration of 70 years since the founding of the State of Israel, this video (04:26) looks back on Israel’s short-but-impressive history of innovation, despite significant challenges, and explores what drives Israel’s technological success on the global stage. Explaining the impact of the

Start-Up Nation for All

Start-Up Nation for All

In this important article from the Jerusalem Post, Dena Weiss suggests that demographic changes have created a new reality where providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all sectors of Israeli society is a matter of economic necessity. Instead of viewing Israel’s Bedouin, Israeli-Arab and ultra-Orthodox populations

Israel’s Surprising Way of Teaching Skills for Innovation

Israel’s Surprising Way of Teaching Skills for Innovation

In this fascinating article from ISRAEL21c, Inbal Arieli, senior advisor to Start-Up Nation Central, explores the novel methodologies used by Israel’s extra curricular cyber education programs dedicated to developing the next generation of innovators. By encouraging creative problem solving that challenges traditional knowledge hierarchies and focuses on

How Did Israel Become “Start-Up Nation”?

How Did Israel Become “Start-Up Nation”?

This article from the Freakonomics website is an interview between Dwyer Gunn and Saul Singer, co-author of  “Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle,”, in which the author describes the culture behind Israel’s economic success and model entrepreneurialism. Singer explains the impact of some unique aspects

Six Transformative Days: A Primer on the Last 50 Years

Six Transformative Days: A Primer on the Last 50 Years

This comprehensive article looks back on how the Six Day War transformed Israel – for better or for worse. Recalling how Israeli society moved from terror to euphoria in just a few weeks, the authors provide a brief timeline of the major events of the

The Paratroopers who Founded Gush Emunim & Peace Now and Israel’s Wary Center

The Paratroopers who Founded Gush Emunim & Peace Now and Israel’s Wary Center

Written by Yossi Klein Halevi, author of “Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation,” this important article traces the story of two members of the Paratrooper Reservist Brigade 55 who liberated the Old City of Jerusalem during

West Bank Settlements: Q&A

West Bank Settlements: Q&A

From My Jewish Learning, this balanced article provides an overview of the controversial Israeli settlements in the West Bank, conquered by Israel during the Six Day War. Careful to present both sides of this hot-button issue, the article provides an introduction to the territories in question and informative answers to

The Territories After the Six-Day War: 1967-1981

The Territories After the Six-Day War: 1967-1981

From My Jewish Learning, this informative article provides an overview of Israel’s relationship and policy toward territories conquered in the Six Day War – the Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Golan Heights – between 1967 and 1981. Part two of a

Gush Emunim: The Ideology & History of the Settlement Movement

Gush Emunim: The Ideology & History of the Settlement Movement

Written by Conservative rabbi, educator and Israeli tour guide, Ed Snitkoff, this article provides a thorough introduction to the Gush Emunim religious-Zionist movement, committed to establishing Jewish settlements in the territory conquered in the Six Day War. The article from My Jewish Learning explains the ideological roots, history, achievements and

Myths & Facts: The Six Day War

Myths & Facts: The Six Day War

Created by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, a pro-Israel media-monitoring and research organization, this article explores myths and facts surrounding the Six Day War, including the role of Israel’s occupation being the cause of the war and a primary obstacle for peace, the

Causes & Consequences of the Six Day War

Causes & Consequences of the Six Day War

Compiled by the Britain Israel Communications and Research Center in 2017, this 10 page PDF document outlines the causes and consequences of the Six Day War, including the regional background and immediate catalysts, the territorial, strategic, psychological and political impacts on Israel and the region, the

CAMERA: The Six Day War Website

CAMERA: The Six Day War Website

Created by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, a pro-Israel media-monitoring and research organization, this website is entirely dedicated to the Six Day War. With sections about the players involved in the war, the precursors to the war, the details of the

IDF: The Military Story of the Six Day War

IDF: The Military Story of the Six Day War

Produced by the Israel Defense Forces in Hebrew with English subtitles, this video (09:04) describes Israel’s military victory against four enemy armies on three fronts during the Six Day War. With animated maps, archival footage, and quotes from major military leaders, the video focuses on major

A Reporter Reflects 50 Years Later on the Effects of the War: Now & Then

A Reporter Reflects 50 Years Later on the Effects of the War: Now & Then

In this PBS NewsHour video segment (06:09), former correspondent Terence Smith reflects on his coverage of the Six Day War fifty years later. He emphasizes how, in the immediate aftermath of the war, no one on either side thought that the outcomes would lead to the

Six Days of Miracles: The Religious Significance of the Six Day War

Six Days of Miracles: The Religious Significance of the Six Day War

Created by the World Mizrahi religious Zionist organization, this uplifting video (10:09) interprets Israel’s surprising and total victory in the Six Day War as a modern-day miracle. Employing biblical language, the video emphasizes the Divine hand and religious significance of some of Israel’s greatest military achievements of

BBC Archives: Tensions in Jerusalem Following the Six Day War

BBC Archives: Tensions in Jerusalem Following the Six Day War

From the archives of the BBC, this video (03:20) presents the tensions in Jerusalem immediately following the Six Day War. The video presents the psychological effect of Israel’s unification of Jerusalem and conquest of sacred sites on Jews and Arabs alike, contrasting footage of jubilant Israeli civilians and schoolchildren

BBC Archives: The Immediate Aftermath of the Six Day War

BBC Archives: The Immediate Aftermath of the Six Day War

From the archives of the BBC, this video (04:52) presents the immediate aftermath of the Six Day War, reported live from Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Tel Aviv right after the war. The footage captures the damage and humiliation of defeat from the Arab perspective, in contrast to

The Geopolitical Context for the Six Day War

The Geopolitical Context for the Six Day War

With a focus on geopolitical context, this informative, neutral, animated video (04:04) provides an excellent historical overview of the regional and international relations leading up to the Six Day War, including a quick timeline of major events from 1948-1967, such as the Suez Crisis in 1956,

How the Six Day War Changed the Map of the Middle East

How the Six Day War Changed the Map of the Middle East

Produced by History, an American television network, this video (04:21) provides a brief introduction to the Six Day War, including basic historical context, the major events of the conflict, and the geographic and political aftermath of the war. This video is slightly limited in its scope,

The Six Day War Project #11-12: The Aftermath of the War & the Peace Process

The Six Day War Project #11-12: The Aftermath of the War & the Peace Process

This post presents the last two videos in the Six Day War Project, a mini-series of twelve short videos about the dramatic events and impact of the Six Day War, produced by Jerusalem U to mark fifty years since the war. Entitled “The Day After the

The Six Day War Project #5-10: Each Day of the War

The Six Day War Project #5-10: Each Day of the War

This post presents videos 5-10 in the Six Day War Project, a mini-series of twelve 2-5 minute long videos about the dramatic events and impact of the Six Day War, produced by Jerusalem U to mark fifty years since the war. The videos present the main

The Six Day War Project #1-4: Causes of the War

The Six Day War Project #1-4: Causes of the War

This post presents the first four videos in the Six Day War Project, a mini-series of twelve 2-5 minute long videos about the dramatic events and impact of the Six Day War, produced by Jerusalem U to mark fifty years since the war. The first

Intifada vs. Jihad: The Religious Roots of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Intifada vs. Jihad: The Religious Roots of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

In this short video (03:58), Mordechai Kedar, an Israeli scholar of Arabic culture, suggests that the root of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is religious, as opposed to geopolitical or economic. He explains how the existence of the Jewish state of Israel is perceived in fundamental Islamic

Myths & Facts: The First Intifada

Myths & Facts: The First Intifada

Written by Mitchell Bard, Executive Director of the American–Israeli Cooperative Enterprise and Director of the Jewish Virtual Library, this pro-Israel article explores myths and facts surrounding the First Intifada, including the catalyst for the uprising, the nature of the resistance, the bias media coverage, the

IDF Commander of West Bank Recalls the First Intifada

IDF Commander of West Bank Recalls the First Intifada

Produced by Al Jazeera, a state-funded Qatari news network, this video (02:18) includes an interview with the IDF Commander of the West Bank during the First Intifada. He explains why Israel called up thousands of reserve soldiers in response to the Palestinian uprising in order to ensure the

Hamas & Fatah: 25 Venomous Years

Hamas & Fatah: 25 Venomous Years

Produced by Euronews, this video (02:27) provides a basic introduction to Hamas, including the origins, strategy, ideology and leadership of the organization, recognized as a terrorist organization by many countries. The video provides a brief history of the movement, including its founding during the First

The First Intifada: The Content and Consequences of the 1987 Palestinian Uprising

The First Intifada: The Content and Consequences of the 1987 Palestinian Uprising

An excerpt from Howard Sachar’s “A History of Israel: From the Rise of Zionism to Our Times, this thorough article provides a relatively balanced introduction to the causes, nature and effects of the First Intifada. In addition to the political context, the author discusses the

Different Academic Perspectives on the First Intifada

Different Academic Perspectives on the First Intifada

From ProCon.org, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes critical thinking and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward format, this article presents three short short introductions to the First Intifada, each presenting a different perspective. The first excerpt, from Ami Isseroff, former Director of the

The First Intifada: Anti-Israel Lies & Intra-Palestinian Violence

The First Intifada: Anti-Israel Lies & Intra-Palestinian Violence

From Jewish Virtual Library, a project of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE), this pro-Israel article presents the catalysts and nature of the First Intifada, emphasizing the role of false rumors against Israel in starting the protests and the inherently violent nature of the uprisings, against both Israelis and

Yitzhak Rabin’s “Iron Fist” Policy Splits Israelis

Yitzhak Rabin’s “Iron Fist” Policy Splits Israelis

Published in the Chicago Tribune during the First Intifada, this article presents the mixed Israeli response to then-Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s orders to respond to the Palestinian uprising with an Iron Fist policy of “force, strength and blows.” While many IDF soldiers saw the policy as

How the First Intifada Transformed the Arab-Israeli Conflict

How the First Intifada Transformed the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Written by Professor Avraham Sela for Haaretz, Israel’s left-leaning newspaper, this thorough article analyzes how the First Intifada influenced the future of the Arab-Israeli conflict, shifting it from an international to an internal ethno-national conflict. The article explores the “Palestinization” of the conflict, discussing the

The Story of an IDF Soldier & A Palestinian Protester During the First Intifada

The Story of an IDF Soldier & A Palestinian Protester During the First Intifada

Produced by Martin Fletcher, an author and former NBC News’ Middle East correspondent, this video (05:27) follows the story of an Israeli soldier and Palestinian protester during the First Intifada. Through interviews with both men and their families about their beliefs, feelings, actions, and hopes,

An IDF Soldier During The First Intifada: “It Changed Me Forever”

An IDF Soldier During The First Intifada: “It Changed Me Forever”

In this personal article, Ori Weisberg recalls his experiences as a Labor Zionist lone soldier during the First Intifada, emphasizing how his participation in the events created tension between his conflicting commitments to equality and Jewish nationalism. Expressing empathy with the plight of the Palestinians

The First Intifada: Historical Context, Causes & Outcomes

The First Intifada: Historical Context, Causes & Outcomes

Produced by OVO, an online video encyclopedia, this link opens up a relatively balanced video presenting an overview of the First Intifada, including the historical context of the uprising, the political and ideological causes, the violent and non-violent aspects of the protests, Israel’s military response, the political outcomes

The First Intifada: Causes, Evolution & Consequences

The First Intifada: Causes, Evolution & Consequences

Produced to mark 30 years since the beginning of the First Intifada by Al Jazeera, a state-funded Qatari news network, this video (02:48) provides a moderate Arab perspective on the causes of the Palestinian uprising, its evolution from non-violent protests into violent attacks, the Israeli response

A Search for Solid Ground: The First Intifada Through Israeli Eyes

A Search for Solid Ground: The First Intifada Through Israeli Eyes

Filmed in 1989, during the First Intifada, this video clip (11:03) is an excerpt from the PBS documentary, “A Search for Solid Ground,” which presents the Israeli perspective on the Palestinian Intifada through interviews with Israeli residents, government officials and opponents, soldiers and students. The clip explores different

What Were the Intifadas?

What Were the Intifadas?

Created by NowThis News, a liberal American media company, this informative video (05:11) presents an overview of the First and Second Palestinian Intifadas, including the political, economic and ideological causes, the violent and non-violent aspects of the protests, Israel’s military response, the political outcomes and the impact on

King Abdullah I of Jordan: As the Arabs See the Jews (1947)

King Abdullah I of Jordan: As the Arabs See the Jews (1947)

This link provides the full text of an article written by King Abdullah I of Jordan in The American Magazine in November, 1947, six months before the declaration of the State of Israel and the outbreak of the War of Independence. Entitled “As the Arabs

Statement by the Arab League upon the Declaration of the State of Israel (May 15, 1948)

Statement by the Arab League upon the Declaration of the State of Israel (May 15, 1948)

This post presents the text of the cablegram sent from the Secretary General of the Arab League to the Secretary General of the United Nations following the Declaration of the State of Israel on May 15, 1948. The official statement, essentially a declaration of the

Why the Arabs were Defeated in 1948

Why the Arabs were Defeated in 1948

Published in Al Jazeera, a state-funded Qatari news network, this article explores the different explanations offered by historians for the Arab defeat in the Israeli-Arab War of 1948, known by Israel as the War of Independence and by the Arab world as the Nakba (Catastrophe). The

The 1948 War Through Arab Eyes

The 1948 War Through Arab Eyes

Written by Salman Masalha, a Druze Israeli poet and writer, this article reveals the rhetoric published in Arab newspapers prior to the Arab-Israeli War of 1948, known by Israel as the War of Independence and by the Arab world as the Nakba (Catastrophe). Originally published in

A Detailed Timeline of the War of Independence

A Detailed Timeline of the War of Independence

From the Zionism-Israel Center advocacy website, this link opens up a thorough chronology of events from November 1947 – September 1949. In addition to information about the many events noted throughout these years, the timeline also includes maps, photographs, and links for more information.  (Photo

Clash of Nationalisms: Arabs in Zionist Thought

Clash of Nationalisms: Arabs in Zionist Thought

From My Jewish Learning, this article by Scott Copeland, head of education for Onward Israel, explores the conflict between Jewish and Arab nationalist movements beginning in the late 19th century, as well as the different ways in which major Zionist figures viewed the Arab inhabitants of the land

Israel’s War of Independence: Background, Major Battles & Repercussions

Israel’s War of Independence: Background, Major Battles & Repercussions

This thorough article by Matt Plen,Chief Executive of Masorti Judaism in the UK, provides a relatively balanced overview of the historical background, timeline, major battles and outcomes of Israel’s War of Independence and the civil war which preceded it. The author is careful to note how the classic

The 35 Heroes of Gush Etzion (Video & Teachers’ Guide)

The 35 Heroes of Gush Etzion (Video & Teachers’ Guide)

This post provides excellent educational resources about the 35 soldiers who were killed during the War of Independence trying to bring supplies to the kibbutzim in the besieged Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem. The video (16:09) retells the tragic yet inspiring story through archival footage and interviews,

Israel’s Legal Founding & the War of Independence

Israel’s Legal Founding & the War of Independence

Created by PragerU, a Conservative American educational non-profit organization, this video (05:23) shows how the founding of the State of Israel, often accused of being illegitimate, was actually completely legal under international law. Alan Dershowitz, an American lawyer and academic, also discusses the causes and implications of the

The Jewish Underground in 1947-1948: Haganah, Irgun, Stern

The Jewish Underground in 1947-1948: Haganah, Irgun, Stern

In this video (04:52), filmed at a pro-Israel conference in 2009, Israeli historian Benny Morris explains the three underground Jewish military organizations involved in the fighting of 1947 and 1948: The Haganah, the largest group, formed by the socialist parties which controlled the Zionist enterprise,

Maps: 1947-1967

Maps: 1947-1967

From the website of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this post presents three useful maps in understanding the development of the State of Israel’s borders and the War of Independence: a map of the UN Partition Plan (1947), a map of the Arab invasions

Who Are the Palestinian Refugees?

Who Are the Palestinian Refugees?

Produced by the BBC, this news segment (06:14) explores the Palestinian refugee crisis, including the creation of Palestinian refugees in 1948, the poor conditions in refugee camps, the commitment of the refugees and their descendent to the Right of Return, the motives of the United Nations Relief

The Truth About the Refugees: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Truth About the Refugees: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Featuring Danny Ayalon, former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Israeli Ambassador to the US, this animated video (05:30) suggests that the Palestinian refugee crisis is being perpetuated by Arab leaders and the United Nations for political purposes, while Jewish refugees from Arab lands were successful absorbed into the State of

Comparing Jewish & Palestinian Refugees

Comparing Jewish & Palestinian Refugees

Created by PragerU, a Conservative American educational non-profit organization, this video (04:22) compares the well-known narrative of Palestinian refugees from the Israeli-Arab War of 1948 with the lesser-known story of the Jewish refugees from Arab lands following the establishment of the State of Israel. Dumisani Washington, Diversity Outreach Coordinator

The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs – 1948 War + Background

The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs – 1948 War + Background

A clip from the 1999 PBS documentary “The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs,” this video (08:21) presents a relatively balanced introduction to the Arab-Israeli War of 1948, including the role of international bodies in the recognition of the declaration of the State of

History in Five: The War of Independence

History in Five: The War of Independence

From the History in Five YouTube Channel, this educational video (05:11) presents an overview of Israel’s War of Independence, including historical background, a timeline and maps explaining the development and major events of the conflict, and the outcome of the war, including the Palestinian refugee crisis,

From the Veterans: Different Perspectives on the War of Independence and Israel Today

From the Veterans: Different Perspectives on the War of Independence and Israel Today

Produced by Haaretz, a liberal Israeli news source, this video (04:16) presents interviews with two Israelis who fought in the War of Independence and have very different perspectives on the war and the state of Israeli today. One man, who was involved in the clandestine immigration

Battles on the Road to Jerusalem During the War of Independence

Battles on the Road to Jerusalem During the War of Independence

Produced by i24News to mark 70 years since the establishment of the State of Israel, this video (05:26) looks back on some of the fiercest and most significant battles of the War of Independence, the battles of Sha’ar Hagai (Bab al-Wad) and Castel, both of which took

The Arab-Israeli War of 1948 & Nakba Explained

The Arab-Israeli War of 1948 & Nakba Explained

Created by TRT World, a Turkish international news channel, this video (05:29) explains the causes and implications of the Arab-Israeli War of 1948, known by Israelis as the War of Independence and by Arabs as the Nakba (Catastrophe). Largely based on the scholarship of the controversial Israeli historian

The Battles of the Paratroopers in the Six Day War

The Battles of the Paratroopers in the Six Day War

From the official website of Ammunition Hill, this link provides detailed information about the role of the Paratrooper Brigade during the Six Day War, including the conquest of Ammunition Hill and the Old City of Jerusalem. 

Soldiers Describe the Battle for Ammunition Hill & Jerusalem: 50 Years Later

Soldiers Describe the Battle for Ammunition Hill & Jerusalem: 50 Years Later

Written by journalist Paul Auster to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, this article from the Jerusalem Post describes a meeting of the surviving soldiers who fought in the bloody battle for Ammunition Hill. Emphasizing the heroic actions of ordinary men in

Israeli & Jordanian Veterans Meet On Ammunition Hill 50 Years Later

Israeli & Jordanian Veterans Meet On Ammunition Hill 50 Years Later

This article from the Times of Israel describes a unique encounter between Israeli and Jordanian veterans of the Six Day War on Ammunition Hill, 50 years after the war. The article describes an atmopshere or mutual honor, respect and a hope for lasting peace.

PM Ariel Sharon’s Address at the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill

PM Ariel Sharon’s Address at the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill

This post presents the text of then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s speech at the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill on 6 June 2005, in which he pays tribute to the heroic soldiers who died in the bloody battle on the site during the Six

Inspired by 1967: A Panel Discussion with Yossi Klein Halevi, Michael Oren & Nir Barkat

Inspired by 1967: A Panel Discussion with Yossi Klein Halevi, Michael Oren & Nir Barkat

Held in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, this video (17:30) presents a panel discussion about the impact of the war and the reunification of Jerusalem on Israeli society, featuring Yossi Klein Halevy, Michael Oren and Nir Barkat. The three speakers

The Significance of Ammunition Hill

The Significance of Ammunition Hill

This home video (02:50) takes viewers on a brief tour of the bunkers and trenches of Ammunition Hill, emphasizing the heroism of the soldiers and the importance of the battle and the reunification of Jerusalem on a national and personal level. 

The Battle for Ammunition Hill: An Interview with Abraham Rabinovitch

The Battle for Ammunition Hill: An Interview with Abraham Rabinovitch

In this video (05:12), Abraham Rabinovich, author of “”The Battle for Jerusalem,” describes the battle for Ammunition Hill, including the strategic importance of the site, the lack of preparedness of the IDF, the fierce fighting between the Israeli and Jordanian soldiers, and the heroism of regular soldiers following

Ammunition Hill Memorial Site: Telling the Story

Ammunition Hill Memorial Site: Telling the Story

Produced by the Jewish National Fund, this video (02:09) describes the Memorial Site of Ammunition Hill as a symbol of Jewish and Israeli heroism. With clips from the head tour guide of the site and a veteran IDF soldier who fought in the battle for Ammunition Hill in

IDF Veteran Yaki Hetz Returns to Ammunition Hill: 50 Years Later

IDF Veteran Yaki Hetz Returns to Ammunition Hill: 50 Years Later

In this video (04:19), produced by i24News to mark 50 years since the Six Day War, Yaakov “Yaki” Hetz, a decorated IDF veteran returns to Ammunition Hill, recalling the fear, chaos and ultimate victory of the battle in which he lost 36 of his fellow Israeli soldiers.

The Strategic Importance of the Battle for Ammunition Hill

The Strategic Importance of the Battle for Ammunition Hill

This video (07:40) recalls the bloody battle of Ammunition Hill, explaining why this strategic site needed to be conquered in order to liberate the Old City of Jerusalem. With useful maps, diagrams, photographs and explanations, this is a helpful resource for understanding the military background

Interviews with Soldiers from Ammunition Hill: 40 Years Later

Interviews with Soldiers from Ammunition Hill: 40 Years Later

In this video (04:02), three IDF veterans recall the bloody battle of Ammunition Hill during the Six Day War. With honesty, humor and pain, they describe the lack of preparation, the chaos, and the fear of the battle, as well as the sense of despair and

The Battle for Jerusalem in the Six Day War: Survival of a Nation

The Battle for Jerusalem in the Six Day War: Survival of a Nation

Produced by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, this moving video (08:29) tells the story of Israel’s 1967 battles for Jerusalem and the ensuing liberation of the Old City and the Western Wall. With fascinating archival footage and animated maps, the video describes key battles of the Six

The Conquest of Armon Hanatziv in 1967

The Conquest of Armon Hanatziv in 1967

From the Ammunition Hill Memorial Site website, this lengthy article provides a detailed account of the military conquest of Armon Hanatziv by the Jerusalem Brigade in the Six Day War. The featured photograph shows a soldier looking out over the Old City of Jerusalem on

The Modern History of Armon Hanatziv

The Modern History of Armon Hanatziv

This short video (0:52) provides a brief historical timeline of the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, from its founding in 1928, through Israel’s wars, to its contested international status today.   

The History of the Old City of Jerusalem

The History of the Old City of Jerusalem

From HaAtika, the official website of the Old City of Jerusalem, this post presents a concise history of the Old City, from King David’s conquest of the city in 1000 BCE until the return of the Old City to Israeli control  in the Six Day

Liberating the Old City of Jerusalem: A Personal Story

Liberating the Old City of Jerusalem: A Personal Story

Created by the Israel Defense Forces, this moving video (01:04) recalls the liberation of the Old City of Jerusalem and the Western Wall in the Six Day War through the eyes of the three paratroopers featured in the iconic photograph by David Rubinger

Why Israelis and Palestinians Both Claim Jerusalem

Why Israelis and Palestinians Both Claim Jerusalem

Created by Vox, a liberal-leaning American news and opinion website, this video (05:00) explains the religious and historical reasons why both Israelis and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital, serving as a major obstacle in the peace process and the cause of much violence and conflict. This relatively balanced

Zionism in Animation: 1967 – Jordan’s Incredible Mistake

Zionism in Animation: 1967 – Jordan’s Incredible Mistake

Part of The Jewish Story In Animation, a Zionist educational initiative, this animated video (02:12) tells the complex story of the beginning of the Six Day War between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria in 1967, focusing on how Jordan’s decision to join the war was based on a

Zionism in Animation: The Six Day War

Zionism in Animation: The Six Day War

Part of The Jewish Story In Animation, a Zionist educational initiative, this animated video (02:42) tells the story of the Six Day War between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria in 1967, focusing on the provocation of the Arab nations and the miraculous victory of the Israeli underdogs,

Zionism in Animation: How the State Of Israel was Born

Zionism in Animation: How the State Of Israel was Born

Part of The Jewish Story In Animation, a Zionist educational initiative, this animated video (03:05) tells the story of the establishment of the State of Israel, starting from the early 20th century. While putting the conflict into its modern historical context, this video focuses on the unlikely

The Conflicting Visions of Four Main Sectors of Israeli Society

The Conflicting Visions of Four Main Sectors of Israeli Society

In this fascinating article by Prof. Yedidia Stern, Vice President of the Israel Democracy Institute, the author outlines the character and vision of four major ideological groups in Israeli society: the secular Zionists, the ultra-Orthodox, the religious Zionists, and the Arab citizens. Noting that one community’s dream

Women of the Wall: Liberating the Western Wall Again

Women of the Wall: Liberating the Western Wall Again

Created by the Women of the Wall in 2013, this promotional video (05:03) introduces the goals and challenges faced by this multi-denominational feminist organization whose goal is to secure the rights of women to pray at the Western Wall in a fashion that includes singing, reading aloud

How Do We Find a Torah for a Jewish Democracy?

How Do We Find a Torah for a Jewish Democracy?

In this video (05:53), created in celebration of Israel’s 70th birthday, Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman argues that the model of total separation of religion and state is neither practical nor ideal in a democratic state that claims to be the nation-state of the Jewish people.

The Renaissance of Jewish Study Among Secular Israelis

The Renaissance of Jewish Study Among Secular Israelis

This lengthy article by Rachel Delia Benaim and Yitzhak Bronstein explores how a new generation of Israelis has begun to bridge the religious-secular divide, synthesizing Torah study and liberalism to create a new form of Israeli values. The Renaissance of Jewish Study Among Secular Israelis Regev Ben David met his

An American Jewish Educator’s Journey into the World of Israeli Secular Torah Study

An American Jewish Educator’s Journey into the World of Israeli Secular Torah Study

In this personal account, American Jewish educator, Rabbi David Kasher, describes the growing world of secular Israeli organizations devoted to Torah study. He compares American Jewish religious pluralism and Israeli secular Torah study, concluding that both communities are responding to crises in defining Judaism and Jewish

Is Israel the Nation-State or Religious State of the Jewish People?

Is Israel the Nation-State or Religious State of the Jewish People?

Produced by the Israel Democracy Institute, this video (02:05) features Yair Sheleg exploring how the ultra-Orthodox monopoly over religious life in Israel has led to a growing rift between Israeli and Diaspora Jewry. He describes the exclusion of liberal Jewish movements as “national suicide,” referring specifically to the discrimination against women, lack

Rabbi David Stav: State and Religion in Israel

Rabbi David Stav: State and Religion in Israel

Produced on the eve of the Jewish New Year in 2014, this video (05:35) features Rabbi David Stav summarizing religion-state issues in Israel over the past year. He refers to efforts to pass bills that break the ultra-Orthodox monopoly on marriage and conversion in order to

Religion & State: The Kosher Monopoly

Religion & State: The Kosher Monopoly

Produced by the Israel Democracy Institute, this video (01:49) features Dr. Shuki Friedman, Director of the Center for Religion, Nation and State, describing the financial, ethical and democratic issues with the current monopoly of the ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate over the Kashrut industry, as well as his suggestions for change. The video is

Liberal Judaism in Israel

Liberal Judaism in Israel

This introductory article presents the attitudes toward the liberal Reform and Conservative/Masorti streams of Judaism in both official status and public opinion in Israel. After outlining the basic institutions of each movement in the Jewish state, this article presents controversial issues of religion and state,

CNN Segment on Ultra-Orthodox Army Draft in Israel

CNN Segment on Ultra-Orthodox Army Draft in Israel

Produced by CNN, this short news segment (03:44) presents the tension between the ultra-Orthodox sector of Israeli society and the State of Israel, particularly in regards to the economic and social implications of their refusal to serve in the IDF or work, prioritizing Torah learning above

A Jewish Anti-Zionist Perspective to Drafting the Ultra-Orthodox to the IDF

A Jewish Anti-Zionist Perspective to Drafting the Ultra-Orthodox to the IDF

Produced by True Torah Jews, an anti-Zionist ultra-Orthodox movement, this video (05:53) presents an extreme perspective on the controversial efforts of the Israeli government to alter the status quo and increase the draft of the ultra-Orthodox to the IDF. According to this fringe group, Zionists

2018 Israel Religion & State Index

2018 Israel Religion & State Index

Put together by Hiddush: Freedom of Religion for Israel, this 29-page document presents the findings of the 2018 Israel Religion & State Index, exploring complex issues of Israel’s identity as a Jewish and democratic state. With useful charts, graphs and summarizing paragraphs, the study highlights the religious and

Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie: America, Israel, and the Perfect Jewish Democracy

Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie: America, Israel, and the Perfect Jewish Democracy

Produced by Hiddush: Freedom of Religion for Israel, this short video (03:22) presents an interview with  Israeli-American educator, writer and performance artist, Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, in which he speaks about about the challenges that the Jewish people face in bringing pluralistic Judaism, freedom of religion, and equality

Israel’s Religiously Divided Society

Israel’s Religiously Divided Society

Produced by Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about global trends, this thorough video (19:01) provides insight into Israel’s polarized society, exploring the different ways in which Secular, Traditional, Religious and Ultra-Orthodox Jews relate to one another, minority populations, democratic values, the State

Is Israel a Theocracy?

Is Israel a Theocracy?

Created by Natan’s Notes,a YouTube Channel that provides “clear answers to tough questions,” this minute-long video shows how Israel is not a theocracy, but rather a democracy that has some lows that incorporate Jewish law. 

Religion & State in Israel: Symbiosis or Separation?

Religion & State in Israel: Symbiosis or Separation?

Through interviews with Jerusalem residents, rabbis and intellectuals, this introductory video (03:01) outlines the tension between religion and state in the creation of a Jewish democratic state. The interviews are conducted in Hebrew, with onscreen English subtitles. 

Can Israel be Both Jewish & Democratic?

Can Israel be Both Jewish & Democratic?

In this short video (03:46), Rabbi Velvel Belinsky suggests that in order for Israel to be both a Jewish and democratic state, it needs to first define its core identity, values and goals from within Jewish principles. Born in Russia to a family of mathematicians, Rabbi

Religion & State in Israel: The Marriage Quandary

Religion & State in Israel: The Marriage Quandary

This introductory video (05:11) explores the possibility of civil marriage in a Jewish democratic state where personal status issues are currently under the monopoly of the ultra-Orthodox Rabbinate. Prominent religious and political leaders discuss the complexity of this issue, especially in light of the differences between who

A Religious-Zionist Perspective on Civil Marriage in Israel

A Religious-Zionist Perspective on Civil Marriage in Israel

In this short video (04:11) created by Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah, a national religious lobbying group that advocates for more moderate policies on religion and state issues, well-known leaders in the Orthodox Religious Zionist community explain their perspectives on the moral and halachic imperative for civil marriage in

25 Years After Oslo Accords, Mideast Peace Seems Remote as Ever

25 Years After Oslo Accords, Mideast Peace Seems Remote as Ever

Written in 2018, 25 years after the US-brokered Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), this lengthy New York Times article examines the failure of the peace deal, which was supposed to be an interim agreement on the way to the creation

Separation of Religion and State: How Jewish Should Israel Be?

Separation of Religion and State: How Jewish Should Israel Be?

In this video (03:15), Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch, Dean of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary, discusses the role of Judaism in Israel, arguing that state legislation should never dictate how individuals practice Judaism in the private or public domain. Although he maintains that certain religious elements should

Moshe Koppel: Saving Religion from the State

Moshe Koppel: Saving Religion from the State

In this thought provoking video (05:18), Moshe Koppel argues for the separation of religion and state in Israel in order to protect Judaism from the influence of politics. Author of “Religion and State in Israel: A Modest Proposal,” Koppel suggests that Jewish values should influence the

The Religion-State Status Quo: From Ben Gurion to Today

The Religion-State Status Quo: From Ben Gurion to Today

This post presents resources from the Israel Democracy Institute exploring the development of legislation regarding religion and state in Israel – from David Ben Gurion’s original “status quo” letter until today. Highlighting issues regarding Shabbat, Kashrut and personal status, both resources show how discrepancies between

MK Michaeli: The Role of Secular Jews in the Jewish State & Nation

MK Michaeli: The Role of Secular Jews in the Jewish State & Nation

In this important video (05:23), MK Merav Michaeli responds to the 2017 Western Wall and conversion controversies with a strong message about the essential role that secular Jews play in Israeli society and the Jewish people. She criticizes the ultra-Orthodox influence on Israeli politics and praises secular

A Realistic Solution To The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A Realistic Solution To The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

In this article from Forbes, Avi Melamed suggests an out-of-the-box approach to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, outlined as a realistic interim agreement made in conjunction with key Arab countries until a two-state solution can be realized. He highlights the shared long-term strategic interests of Israel and

Israel-Palestinian Peace: One-State, Two-State Solutions Explained

Israel-Palestinian Peace: One-State, Two-State Solutions Explained

This news article from USA Today briefly summarizes the one-state and two-state solutions proposed to bring an end to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Published within the context of President Donald Trump’s apparent departure from the long-standing US policy supporting the two-state solution, this article outlines the main

Traditional Narratives of Israeli and Palestinian History

Traditional Narratives of Israeli and Palestinian History

This important article by Paul Scham provides a concise side-by-side chart comparing the traditional Israeli and Palestinian narratives from the birth of the modern Zionist movement in 1882 through the War of Independence in 1949. Scham briefly summarizes how each side relates to key historical

StandWithUs: 10 Things to Know About Israel

StandWithUs: 10 Things to Know About Israel

This beautifully designed booklet from Stand With Us outlines the basic pro-Israel Zionist narrative in 10 points, including the ancient roots of the Jewish people in the land of Israel, their long history of persecution, and Israel’s willingness to compromise in the Peace Process. A pro-Israel education and

Wikipedia: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Wikipedia: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

This Wikipedia article provides a thorough and relatively balanced overview of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, including the modern history of the region and the Peace Process, and an explanation of key issues in the dispute, including Jerusalem, refugees, security concerns, water resources, the occupation, the settlements,

A Timeline of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (1917-2018)

A Timeline of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (1917-2018)

This timeline from the BBC provides a brief survey of the key events in the modern history of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, from the British Mandatory period until present day.     

Everything You Need to Know About Israel-Palestine: A Guide to the World’s Most Controversial Conflict

Everything You Need to Know About Israel-Palestine: A Guide to the World’s Most Controversial Conflict

Created by Vox, a liberal-leaning American news and opinion website, this interactive website serves as comprehensive guide to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, from the basic history, ideology and context to an exploration of the Peace Process, refugees, international relations, Jerusalem, and more. This relatively balanced resource is designed as

Interactive Crisis Guide to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Interactive Crisis Guide to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Created by The Council on Foreign Relations, this thorough guide to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict allows users to learn about the history and complexity of the conflict through interactive maps, videos, and timelines accessible through intuitive onscreen menus. This resource provides balanced information about the region and the

7 Things to Consider Before Choosing Sides in the Middle East Conflict

7 Things to Consider Before Choosing Sides in the Middle East Conflict

Written in the context of the 2014 Israel-Gaza Conflict, this article from the Huffington Post argues that by supporting secularism, democracy and a two-state solution and opposing Hamas, settlement expansion and the occupation, one can be both pro-Israel and pro-Palestine simultaneously. In a mildly sarcastic

A Systematic View of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A Systematic View of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

In this refreshing article from The Systems Thinker, David Peter Stroh applies the principles of systems thinking to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in order to pinpoint destructive cycles and propose possible solutions. With a balanced perspective, Stroh describes the four stages of the conflict, where both sides

The New State Solution: A Conflict Ending Alternative

The New State Solution: A Conflict Ending Alternative

Created by the New State Solution, a movement which proposes a creative, conflict ending alternative to the status quo, this video (05:02) calls for the establishment of a free, independent, sovereign State for the Palestinian Arabs in the Gaza Strip and Sinai. Arguing that both the one

Why Support a Two-State Solution?

Why Support a Two-State Solution?

Created by Habonim Dror South Africa, a Jewish Labor Zionist Youth Movement, this video (04:17) claims that the two-state solution is the only option for Israel as a sustainable, secure, and moral Jewish, democratic State.  

What if Israel-Palestine Became a United Federation?

What if Israel-Palestine Became a United Federation?

Created by Amazingly, a YouTube channel about history, government, and interesting facts, this thought-provoking video (02:47) explores what the one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict could actually look like, claiming that a two-state solution is looking as unlikely as ever. The video imagines the details of this

Are Israeli Settlements the Barrier to Peace?

Are Israeli Settlements the Barrier to Peace?

Created by PragerU, a Conservative American educational non-profit organization, this video (04:32) challenges the commonly held view that Israel’s policy of building civilian communities in the West Bank is the reason there is no peace agreement with the Palestinians. Although he personally opposes the settlement movement, Alan Dershowitz,

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: 10 Myths Preventing Peace

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: 10 Myths Preventing Peace

Created by the Jerusalem Institute of Justice, a non-profit human rights organization dedicated to defending rule of law and democracy for all people in the Middle East, this thought-provoking, creative video (05:45) aims to separate facts from myth in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Covering issues of land ownership,

The Middle East Problem: Palestinian Rejectionism

The Middle East Problem: Palestinian Rejectionism

Created by Dennis Prager of PragerU, a Conservative American educational non-profit organization, this provocative video (05:39) argues that the root of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict lies in the Palestinian’s refusal to recognize the national rights of the Jewish people. Despite being framed as one of the

Crash Course World History: Conflict in Israel and Palestine

Crash Course World History: Conflict in Israel and Palestine

Created by Crash Course, an educational YouTube channel started by Hank and John Green, this informative and humorous video (12:52) presents an introduction to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, claiming that what is often seen as an endless religious war dating back thousands of years is actually a story of competing

The Israel-Palestine Conflict: A Brief, Simple History

The Israel-Palestine Conflict: A Brief, Simple History

Created by Vox, a liberal-leaning American news and opinion website, this informative video (10:19) presents an introduction to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, starting from the early 20th century. While putting the conflict into its modern historical context, this video focuses on how the failed peace process and Israel’s

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: One Land, Two Narratives

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: One Land, Two Narratives

Created by the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent American think tank and publisher, this thought provoking video (06:57) frames the Israeli-Palestinian conflict within the enduring challenge of accommodating two conflicting nationalist narratives in a single piece of territory. CFR President, Richard Haass, explores the history

Why Are Israel and Palestine Fighting?

Why Are Israel and Palestine Fighting?

Created by NowThis News, a liberal American media company, this educational video (04:07) presents a relatively balanced introduction to the history of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, starting from the early 20th century. Produced within the context of Operation Protective Edge, this video aims to put the

How the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Began

How the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Began

Created by the American TV Network, History, this educational video (06:28) presents a relatively balanced survey of the history of the land of Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from biblical times until today. Summarizing the diverse religious and political history that brought about the conflict,

Educational Resources for Exploring the Western Wall Controversies

Educational Resources for Exploring the Western Wall Controversies

This post provides three different resources designed to help guide discussions and programming concerning some of the religious and political controversies surrounding the Western Wall. Created in 2003, some of the resources are slightly outdated, but still provide useful context for the exploration of these

Rabbi Sacks on Jerusalem: The 50th Anniversary of Reunification

Rabbi Sacks on Jerusalem: The 50th Anniversary of Reunification

In this moving video (7:15), Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the previous Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, tells the moving story of the Jewish love affair with Jerusalem. He describes how the Jewish people never stopped yearning for Jerusalem, remembering the holy city in prayer, liturgy and

Excerpts from Theodor Herzl’s Writings

Excerpts from Theodor Herzl’s Writings

This link provides excerpts from Theodor Herzl’s writings about different topics, including the meaning and purpose of Zionism, the physical beauty of the land of Israel, and his vision for a Jewish state. Deemed by the World Zionist Organization to be essential texts in understanding Zionism,

Rav Kook on Psalm 126: We Were Like Dreamers

Rav Kook on Psalm 126: We Were Like Dreamers

This philosophical article is a translation and adaptation of a teaching from Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook (Midbar Shur, pp. 226-227) about the connection between the eternal yearning of the Jewish people for redemption in their homeland and the modern Zionist movement and the return of

A Message from the URJ for Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut

A Message from the URJ for Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut

In this short video, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the President of the Union for Reform Judaism, encourages viewers to commemorate, connect and commit to Israel on the country’s memorial and independence days. Despite the fact that this video from 2015 references events that were current at

The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel (Text & Video)

The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel (Text & Video)

This post provides resources about the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel, including a short video with information and excerpts from the historic event, a 13 minute video of the full declaration with English subtitles, and the full English text of the Declaration of

An Introduction to Yom Ha’atzmaut and How to Celebrate

An Introduction to Yom Ha’atzmaut and How to Celebrate

This short article from the website of the Reform movement provides a brief introduction to Yom Ha’atzmaut and how it is celebrated in Israel, and then offers a few simple ways to celebrate this special day with friends and family anywhere in the world.  Yom HaAtzmaut

The Impossible Transition Between Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut

The Impossible Transition Between Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut

In this 6:20 long video, Daniel Gordis describes the challenge and meaning behind the transition between the deep grief of Yom Hazikaron – Israel’s Memorial Day, and the joy and celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel’s Independence Day. Daniel Gordis is an American-born Israeli author and speaker

Yom Ha’atzmaut: New Meaning to a Traditional Prayer

Yom Ha’atzmaut: New Meaning to a Traditional Prayer

In this blog post, Benjamin Dukas, a 19 year old American who spent a year studying in a Yeshivah in Israel, describes his experience of participating in the musical Yom Ha’atzmaut prayers in a Religious Zionist synagogue in Israel. He explains how Psalm 98 took

How Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Jews Mark Yom Ha’atzmaut

How Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Jews Mark Yom Ha’atzmaut

This article from the Jerusalem Post explores how Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Jews in Israel mark the birth of the secular State of Israel. Through interviews with both public figures and average people from this community, the author shows how Ultra-Orthodox Israelis have become more integrated into society,

The Significance of Yom Ha’atzmaut and Jewish Nationalism

The Significance of Yom Ha’atzmaut and Jewish Nationalism

This lengthy article by Rabbi Mordechai Greenberg explores the significance of Yom Ha’atzmaut in the context of the controversial views within Orthodox Judaism toward Jewish nationalism and the religious status of the State of Israel. Rabbi Greenberg, president of the Religious Zionist Kerem B’Yavneh” Yeshivah in

In Search of a Poetic Ritual for Yom HaZikaron/Ha’Atzmaut

In Search of a Poetic Ritual for Yom HaZikaron/Ha’Atzmaut

In this blog post, Rabbi Ela Merom asks complex questions about how we use communal memory as we move through the sorrow of Yom HaZikaron to the exuberance of Yom Ha’Atzmaut. She encourages others to embrace the complexity of Israel, examining the failings of the state while celebrating

The Religious Status of Yom Ha’atzmaut

The Religious Status of Yom Ha’atzmaut

This article from My Jewish Learning explores the differing views at to whether there is a religious nature to Israel’s Independence Day. Noting customs of the secular, Reform, Conservative, Religious Zionist (Orthodox), and Ultra-Orthodox communities in Israel and abroad, this article sees the issues around the observance of

Yom Ha’atzmaut in Halakhah, Custom & Story

Yom Ha’atzmaut in Halakhah, Custom & Story

This lengthy scholarly article by Dr. Aharon Arend explores different perspectives on how Yom Ha’atzmaut should be celebrated through an examination of different halachic opinions and customs. The author begins with an in-depth description of the original Yom Ha’atzmaut services of the Orthodox Italian community

What Does Yom Ha’atzmaut Mean to You? Voices from the Streets of Jerusalem

What Does Yom Ha’atzmaut Mean to You? Voices from the Streets of Jerusalem

In this 4 minute long video, Rafi Di from HonestReporting asks locals on the streets of Jerusalem what Yom Ha’atzmaut means to them. With footage of different types of celebrations, this video presents a variety of perspectives, from those who see it as a day

How is Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebrated in Israel

How is Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebrated in Israel

This 3 minute long video briefly explains the history of the establishment of the State of Israel and how Yom Ha’atzmaut is celebrated in Israel each year. With entertaining animations, this video was produced by Visrael, a a video-based learning program that creates positive connections with Israel

66 Israeli Heroes Share a Powerful Message

66 Israeli Heroes Share a Powerful Message

In this 5:42 minute long video, 66 Israeli heroes and new immigrants share powerful messages about the State of Israel, inspired by the words and values of the Declaration of Independence. This video was created by Nefesh b’Nefesh, an organization dedicated to helping Jews move

A Yom Ha’atzmaut Message: Israel as a Divine Miracle

A Yom Ha’atzmaut Message: Israel as a Divine Miracle

In this short video made for Yom Ha’atzmaut, Rabbi Doron Perez discusses how the establishment of the modern State of Israel is a divine miracle and the fulfillment of ancient prophecies. Rabbi Perez is Chief Executive of Mizrachi World Movement, the global Religious Zionist movement.

The International Bible Contest: An Israeli Yom Ha’Atzmaut Tradition

The International Bible Contest: An Israeli Yom Ha’Atzmaut Tradition

In this personal blog post, Bluma Zuckerbrot-Finkelstein describes the experience of accompanying her son to Israel to participate in the International Bible Contest, an annual competition for Jewish teens competing for the title of Tanach World Champion. She relays the cultural and religious significance of this

Greetings from Natan Sharansky for Israel’s 64th Independence Day

Greetings from Natan Sharansky for Israel’s 64th Independence Day

In this short video, Natan Sharansky discusses the significance of Israel for the Jewish people all over the world in honor of Israel’s 64th Independence Day. Sharansky, Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel, is an Israeli politician, human rights activist and author who, as a refusenik in the Soviet

Searching for a Meaningful Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Searching for a Meaningful Yom Ha’Atzmaut

In this thought provoking article, Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon calls on the Jewish community in Israel and the Diaspora to reconceive Yom Ha’Atzmaut as a day of searching for the meaning of the State of Israel and the place of Israel in our Jewish identity and vision.

Ritual Creation for Yom Ha’atzmaut: A Conservative Rabbi’s Suggested Mitzvot

Ritual Creation for Yom Ha’atzmaut: A Conservative Rabbi’s Suggested Mitzvot

In this bold article, Rabbi Vernon Kurtz suggests a number of mitzvot – religious commandments – which he claims should be observed by Diaspora Jewry, including moving to Israel, supporting Israel financially, politically and spiritually, creating special prayers and ceremonies, and committing to work toward

Yom Ha’atzmaut: How the Jewish State is Celebrated in Israel & Abroad

Yom Ha’atzmaut: How the Jewish State is Celebrated in Israel & Abroad

This article from My Jewish Learning provides a thorough introduction to Yom Ha’Atzmaut, focusing on the various religious and secular customs that have developed to celebrate this special day in different communities in Israel and abroad.

Yom Ha’Atzmaut Liturgy

Yom Ha’Atzmaut Liturgy

This article presents a survey of some of the liturgical traditions that have developed to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut in different communities. An excerpt from “Celebrate! The Complete Jewish Holiday Handbook” by Lesli Koppelman Ross, this article was shared on My Jewish Learning.  Yom Ha’atzmaut Liturgy There

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In this moving poem, Israeli songwriter, poet and writer, Haim Hefer, poetically describes the historic moment of the liberation of the Western Wall by Israeli paratroopers in the Six Day War in 1967. The Paratroopers Are Crying This Kotel has heard many prayers This Kotel has

We Declare: An Educational Project to Strengthen Israeli Democracy

We Declare: An Educational Project to Strengthen Israeli Democracy

Click this link to learn more about We Declare, a project inspired by the Israeli Declaration of Independence that unites communities across Israel and the Jewish world in learning and discourse on Israeli democratic values and the relevance of democracy for 21st century Israel. Created

The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel (Text & Video)

The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel (Text & Video)

This post provides resources about the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel, including a short video with information and excerpts from the historic event, a 13 minute video of the full declaration with English subtitles, and the full English text of the Declaration of

Texts of Ariel Sharon & Mahmoud Abbas’ Ceasefire Declarations

Texts of Ariel Sharon & Mahmoud Abbas’ Ceasefire Declarations

This post provides links to the full texts of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ declaration of a ceasefire at the Sharm al-Sheikh summit on February 8, 2005, when Israeli, Palestinian, Egyptian and Jordanian leaders gathered in the Sinai Peninsula to

Survivors of the Passover Terror Attack Reflect

Survivors of the Passover Terror Attack Reflect

Through interviews with survivors, this moving video (02:56) looks back on the suicide bombing at the Park Hotel in Netanya on the eve of Passover in 2002, which killed 30 and injured 140. A turning point in the Second Intifada, this Palestinian terror attack was

Breakdown of Causalities During the Second Intifada

Breakdown of Causalities During the Second Intifada

This chart presents the number of Israeli and Palestinian casualties from September 27, 2000 through January 1, 2005. Including a breakdown by gender, age, whether they were combatants or civilians and by which side they were killed, this is a useful resource for understanding the

Map: The Situation on the Eve of the Second Intifada (2000)

Map: The Situation on the Eve of the Second Intifada (2000)

From the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this map shows which areas were under full Israeli control, which under full Palestinian control (Area A) and which under Palestinian civil control with Israeli security control (Area C) in 2000, on the eve of the Second Intifada.

A Timeline of the Second Intifada

A Timeline of the Second Intifada

From BBC News, this detailed timeline lists the major events of the Second Intifada, from Ariel Sharon’s controversial visit to the Temple Mount on September 28, 2000 to the informal ceasefire of the Sharm al-Sheikh Summit and subsequent violence in the Gaza Strip in February 2005.

The Human Side of Israel’s Nobelists

The Human Side of Israel’s Nobelists

Meet Israel’s recent Nobel prize winners in this Times of Israel article titled ‘Lives of struggle, rejection, vindication: The essence of Israel’s ‘Nobelists’’. The article is based on Israeli filmmaker Uri Rosenwaks’s YES docu series ‘The Nobelists’ which helps viewers get to know the “full picture of

The Thousand Faces of Menachem Begin

The Thousand Faces of Menachem Begin

Meet the many personas that former prime minister Menachem Begin hid behind during his younger years in this short clip (0:43). Although he would later go on to become one of Israel’s most renowned prime ministers and even win the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize for

Op-Ed: The Worst Man Ever To Win the Nobel Peace Prize

Op-Ed: The Worst Man Ever To Win the Nobel Peace Prize

In an op-ed from the Times of Israel titled ‘The Worst Man Ever to Win the Nobel Peace Prize’, journalist Jay Nordlinger expresses a passionate opinion about the darker back-story behind 1994’s Nobel Peace Prize, awarded jointly to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Foreign Minister Shimon

Chef-Artist Moshe Segev breaks the mold

Chef-Artist Moshe Segev breaks the mold

The magazine,“From the Grapevine,” features this interview with top Israeli chef, Moshe Segev. Segev owns 11 restaurants in Israel, serves as the head chef at the prime minister’s residence, owns his own food production company, and is a TV personality. He is a chef-artist, expressing

President Clinton Remembers Yitzhak Rabin

President Clinton Remembers Yitzhak Rabin

Former President Bill Clinton has a surprising response when asked to recall his toughest moment as president in this clip (2:43) from the Queen Latifah Show. Learn about the warm personal connection he shared with former Israeli Prime Minister and 1994 Nobel Peace Prize winner Yitzhak

Traditional Moroccan Jewish Cuisine in Israel

Traditional Moroccan Jewish Cuisine in Israel

Moroccan Jewish culture has largely influenced Israeli culture, and one can see this clearly from the popularity of Moroccan food throughout Israel. This video, published by Israel’s official YouTube channel, features the traditional Moroccan restaurants Ewa Safi, in Tel Aviv, and Darna, in Jerusalem. These restaurants

A Taste of Sarona Market’s Diverse Israeli Cuisine

A Taste of Sarona Market’s Diverse Israeli Cuisine

Explore Tel Aviv’s chic Sarona Market through four delicious cuisines showcased in this video [02:22], published by Israel’s official YouTube channel. Stop in for a lunch of locally sourced Rainbow Trout, dessert at the French bakery “Fauchon,” a bite to eat at a traditional Druze

Israeli Chef Yotam Ottolenghi Discusses his new dessert cookbook, “sweet”

Israeli Chef Yotam Ottolenghi Discusses his new dessert cookbook, “sweet”

This video [04:30] from “CBS This Morning,” features Yotam Ottolenghi, an Israeli chef who became successful through his London-based restaurants and award-winning cookbooks. Ottolenghi grew up in Jerusalem, served in the IDF, studied at Tel Aviv University, and then became a pastry chef in London.

Whats so Good About Israeli Breakfast?

Whats so Good About Israeli Breakfast?

Israel is known for its lavish breakfasts which include fresh salads, different cheeses, spreads, breads. Watch this video [01:10], published by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, for a taste of an authentic Israeli breakfast. 

7 Israeli Singers to Watch in 2018

7 Israeli Singers to Watch in 2018

This article from ISRAEL21c presents a roundup of a few up-and-coming Israeli singers who are developing solid fan bases across the world, including electronic-pop artist, Natan Goshen, melodic duo, JonZ, and Ethiopian-influenced soul, funk, psychedelic, jazz artist, Gili Yalo. Get a taste of these unique

16 of the Best Greatest-Hits Albums from Iconic Israeli Artists

16 of the Best Greatest-Hits Albums from Iconic Israeli Artists

A crash course in Israeli music from ISRAEL21c, this article presents a roundup of the best “greatest hits” compilation albums from Israel’s most influential artists throughout the decades. Highlighting the most iconic songs off each album, the list includes Hebrew folk-rock giants, Shlomo Artzi and Arik

9 Popular Israeli Snacks You Should Try

9 Popular Israeli Snacks You Should Try

This article, from Israel 21c, an online news magazine reporting on a variety of current in events in Israel, covers nine top Israeli snacks: Bamba, Krembo, Bissli, pretzels (Beigel), Klik, Milky, wafers, Apropo, and Pesek Zman. Try a bite of these, or if you’d rather

What Is the Most Popular Street Food in Israel?

What Is the Most Popular Street Food in Israel?

This video [01:43], published by the official YouTube channel of the state of Israel, highlights the most popular street food in Israel: shakshouka, felafel, and sabich, served around the clock by restaurants throughout the country. If you like fresh roasted tomato sauce and are looking

Eurovision 2019: The Musical

Eurovision 2019: The Musical

Produced by KAN DIGITAL, the official Israeli broadcasting body for the Eurovision Song Contest, this satirical video features Eurovision co-host, Lucy Ayoub, and Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation reporter, Elia Grinfeld, welcoming foreign visitors to Israel for the 2019 international competition. Receiving both praise and criticism, the

Chef Nir Mesika Brings Modern Israeli Cuisine to NYC with his Successful Restaurant, Timna

Chef Nir Mesika Brings Modern Israeli Cuisine to NYC with his Successful Restaurant, Timna

In this video [02:32], Good Morning America features Israeli Chef Nir Mesika, the owner of Timna restaurant in NYC. Voted “Best New Restaurant” in 2015 by USA Today, Timna offers a fusion of traditional Israeli recipes with Mesika’s own modern twist. Mesika began cooking as

Shaya Restaurant: Where Modern Israeli Cuisine meets Southern Flavors

Shaya Restaurant: Where Modern Israeli Cuisine meets Southern Flavors

This video [04:50], from CBS’s “The Dish,” features acclaimed Israeli-American chef, Alon Shaya. Alon won “Best Chef” in 2015 and in 2016 his restaurant, Shaya, won “Best Restaurant” from the James Beard Foundation, a prestigious organization which promotes fine cooking and food appreciation. Alon fuses traditional

Award Winning Chef Michael Solomonov Popularizes Israeli Cuisine in the United States

Award Winning Chef Michael Solomonov Popularizes Israeli Cuisine in the United States

In this video [04:42], published by 70 Faces Video, a digital media channel dedicated to telling the story of the Jewish people, Michael Solomonov tells his moving story of how he became a successful Israeli cuisine chef. Solomonov infuses life and and passion into his

Netta Barzilai on Representing Israel & Bridging Gaps

Netta Barzilai on Representing Israel & Bridging Gaps

In this i24NEWS segment (04:13), filmed before her victory at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, Netta Barzilai expresses what an honor and privilege it is for her to represent Israel on an international stage, focusing on the empowering message of her song and the ability to

Gal Gadot on The Tonight Show

Gal Gadot on The Tonight Show

This video clip (06:11) presents Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s appearance on The Tonight Show Starting Jimmy Fallon, where she talks about how she almost gave up acting before landing the role of Wonder Woman in the successful 2017 film. In 2018, Gadot was included on Time Magazine’s

Israel State of the Art 2018

Israel State of the Art 2018

Produced by CultureBuzzIsrael, this video (02:31) presents clips of Israel’s most successful artists at home and abroad in the fields of film, music, visual arts, fashion, design, literature, dance, theatre, television, and more. 

Top Israeli Chef Eyal Shani Discusses His Israeli Cuisine Innovations

Top Israeli Chef Eyal Shani Discusses His Israeli Cuisine Innovations

This interview [04:42], published by My Jewish Learning, a nondenominational Jewish media platform, features Israeli celebrity chef, Eyal Shani. The owner of restaurants in Israel, Europe, and New York, Shani is known for transforming simple, underappreciated foods into popular, gourmet dishes. In this interview Shani

Chef Einat Admony, the Ultimate “Balaboosta”

Chef Einat Admony, the Ultimate “Balaboosta”

Published by the Michelin guide to restaurants, this video [04:17] features Israeli chef Einat Admony, the owner of three highly successful restaurants in NYC, including “Balaboosta,” (Yiddish for an exceptional homemaker). Admony began cooking at age seven with her mother, helping her prepare food for Shabbat. As an

Israel Reacts to Netta’s Eurovision Victory

Israel Reacts to Netta’s Eurovision Victory

This i24NEWS segment (05:34) recaps the euphoric reaction in Israel to Netta Barzilai’s victory in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, including all night partying in the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and congratulatory messages from PM Benjamin Netanyahu and world renowned Israeli actress, Gal

MFA Promotional Video for Tel Aviv Pride Parade

MFA Promotional Video for Tel Aviv Pride Parade

Produced by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and featuring tourists from all over the world, this promotional video (02:07) celebrates the joy, energy and endless parties of Tel Aviv’s annual Pride Week, which benefits from significant financial support from the Tel Aviv Municipality and Tourism

Tel Aviv Through a Gay Painter’s Eyes

Tel Aviv Through a Gay Painter’s Eyes

This video presents a slideshow of Rafi Perez’s paintings, which use vibrant colors and naive images to depict the “golden age of the gay community” in Tel Aviv. This article from the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs tells the story behind the Jerusalem-born homosexual artist, whose

Ariel Sharon On Visiting the Temple Mount

Ariel Sharon On Visiting the Temple Mount

This video clip (01:21) from September 29, 2000 features Ariel Sharon, then Israel’s opposition leader, explaining his controversial visit one day earlier to the Temple Mount. Citing the holiness of the site in Jewish tradition, Sharon affirms Israel’s commitment to peace while demanding security, including the access

PA Minister: Intifada Planned Since Camp David

PA Minister: Intifada Planned Since Camp David

This short clip (0:45) from December 5, 2000 presents Imad Falugi, the Palestinian Authority’s Minister of Communications, revealing that the Second Intifada was not started because of Ariel Sharon’s visit to Al-Aqsa Mosque on September 28, 2000, as is commonly claimed, but rather the resistance was already planned when

StandWithUs: African Migrants & Asylum Seekers Fact Sheet

StandWithUs: African Migrants & Asylum Seekers Fact Sheet

This 2-page long fact sheet from Stand With Us outlines the challenges faced by Israel in regards to African migrants and asylum seekers as well as a survey of the responses by the Israeli public and government. A pro-Israel education and advocacy organization, StandWithUs highlights Israel as an example of

Holocaust Survivors Urge Israel to Help Refugees

Holocaust Survivors Urge Israel to Help Refugees

This CNN news segment (01:53) reports on Holocaust survivors calling for Israel to take in refugees. Although this video is not specifically talking about Israel’s controversial policy towards African migrants and asylum seekers, the same arguments have been used by many Holocaust survivors and others who

Three Responses to Israel’s Migrant Challenge

Three Responses to Israel’s Migrant Challenge

Written by the Jewish People Policy Institute in 2018, this thorough 10-page long report provides background information to Israel’s migrant challenge and current policies, followed by a table presenting three policy options which take into account Israel’s Jewish character and interests, Jewish and universal ethical

Former MK Oren Hazan: Deport Sudanese Now!

Former MK Oren Hazan: Deport Sudanese Now!

In this video (05:06), Avi Yemimi, a right-wing Australian-Israeli political activist and internet personality, interviews Oren Hazan, a controversial right-wing former Member of Knesset, about his approach to African migrants in Israel and around the world. Hazan defends Israel’s policy towards the migrants, claiming that they

What Do Locals Think of the Nation-State Law?

What Do Locals Think of the Nation-State Law?

Created by TRT World, a Turkish international news channel, this video (04:45) reveals what random local Jews and Arabs on the streets of Jerusalem think about Israel’s controversial 2018 Nation-State Law, which legally enshrines the State of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

Equality Topping on a Nation-State Pizza?

Equality Topping on a Nation-State Pizza?

Produced by the Israel Democracy Institute in Hebrew with English subtitles, this creative video (01:59) criticizes Israel’s controversial Nation-State Law for failing to ensure quality to all citizens. It is a dark comedic sketch of a man trying unsuccessfully to order a “Nation-State Pizza” with the “topping of quality” from

In Defense of Israel’s Nation-State Law

In Defense of Israel’s Nation-State Law

In Hebrew with English subtitles, this video (03:15) features Matan Peleg, CEO of Ir Tirtzu, defending Israel’s controversial Nation-State Law. He explains that Israel has many other Basic Laws that protect the country’s democratic nature, including those that ensure minority rights and freedom of worship, but

Infographic: Israeli Innovation Must Break New Ground

Infographic: Israeli Innovation Must Break New Ground

From an article from the Israel Innovation Authority about how Israeli innovation must break new ground in order to benefit all citizens, sectors, regions and spheres of life, this infographic reveals how Israeli innovation is limited to certain industries, locations and demographics and suggests how

Infographic: Tel Aviv’s Start-Up Ecosystem

Infographic: Tel Aviv’s Start-Up Ecosystem

From an article from NoCamels about Tel Aviv’s start-up ecosystem, this infographic presents a visual map of the city’s tech scene, including the number of start-up companies, international R&D centers, accelerators and innovation centers located in Tel Aviv, the leading clusters of hi-tech companies in different

Infographic: How Did Israel Become the Start-Up Nation?

Infographic: How Did Israel Become the Start-Up Nation?

Created by OneRagtime based on the book Start Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, this post presents a useful infographic that clearly depicts some of the major factors that contribute to Israel’s global success in tech and innovation. It is part of a thorough

Created in Israel, Part of Your Life

Created in Israel, Part of Your Life

Produced by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this humorous video (01:42) reveals how many Israeli inventions an average person benefits from in his daily life without even realizing it, from cherry tomatoes and flash drives to text messaging and collision avoidance technology. 

7 Life-Changing Israeli Inventions

7 Life-Changing Israeli Inventions

Produced by the official YouTube Channel of the State of Israel, this humorous video (02:12) highlights seven innovative Israeli inventions that are changing the world in the fields of medical technology, water resources and transportation. 

Why Is Israel Called the Start-Up Nation?

Why Is Israel Called the Start-Up Nation?

This short video (01:29) presents some of the statistics that have led to Israel’s global reputation as the Start-Up nation, as well as the impact of mandatory military service in Israel’s success.

Seeds Tech-Entrepreneurial Program: Working Toward Equality in the Start-Up Sector

Seeds Tech-Entrepreneurial Program: Working Toward Equality in the Start-Up Sector

Created by Seeds Tech-Entrepreneurial Program, a start-up accelerator that trains aspiring entrepreneurs from Israel’s social and geographic periphery, this document summarizes the inequality of Israel’s tech start-up industry and shows how one program is working to create solutions.  

Interviews with Nine People About the Six Day War

Interviews with Nine People About the Six Day War

Written by Conal Urquhart for the British newspaper, The Guardian, this lengthy article presents nine different personal perspectives of the Six Day War. Among those interviewed about their experiences before, during and after the war are the three Israeli soldiers pictured in the iconic photograph of

The Story Behind the Six Day War’s Most Famous Photo

The Story Behind the Six Day War’s Most Famous Photo

Produced by the Christian Broadcasting Network, this short interview (04:26) with photographer David Rubinger reveals the story behind the iconic picture of the Six Day War of three paratroopers in front of the newly-liberated Western Wall. Rubinger recalls the period leading up to this historic moment, his

A Timeline of the Six Day War

A Timeline of the Six Day War

Created by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, a pro-Israel media-monitoring and research organization, this useful post presents a concise timeline of the major historical events leading up to, during and following the Six Day War.

Arab Political Six Day War Cartoons

Arab Political Six Day War Cartoons

This post presents ten political cartoons published before and during the Six Day War. Contributing to fear in Israeli society and the confidence in Arab society, the images all depict the Arab nations threatening, crushing and destroying Israel. “The neck of the bottle – the Straits of

Six Day War Maps

Six Day War Maps

This post presents three important maps for understanding the impact of the Six Day War: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs maps of Israel’s borders before and after the Six Day War and an IDF map of unified Jerusalem after the conquest of the eastern part

The Six Day War Scroll: The Story of Yom Yerushalayim and the Six Days of Deliverance

The Six Day War Scroll: The Story of Yom Yerushalayim and the Six Days of Deliverance

In this video (05:35), Dr. Hagai Ben-Artzi introduces his book, “The Six Day War Scroll,” which tells the miraculous story of Israel’s victory in the Six Day War with an emphasis on the divine hand that saved Israel from her enemies. Stylistically mimicking the Scroll of Esther, this

With What Shall I Bless Him?

With What Shall I Bless Him?

Written by Rachel Shapira in memory of her classmate Eldad Krock, a young reservist killed in the in the Six Day War, this this sad song is about an angel blessing a young boy as he grows up with everything he needs to be able to

CAMERA: The Six Day War Website

CAMERA: The Six Day War Website

Created by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, a pro-Israel media-monitoring and research organization, this website is entirely dedicated to the Six Day War. With sections about the players involved in the war, the precursors to the war, the details of the

BBC Archives: Tensions in Jerusalem Following the Six Day War

BBC Archives: Tensions in Jerusalem Following the Six Day War

From the archives of the BBC, this video (03:20) presents the tensions in Jerusalem immediately following the Six Day War. The video presents the psychological effect of Israel’s unification of Jerusalem and conquest of sacred sites on Jews and Arabs alike, contrasting footage of jubilant Israeli civilians and schoolchildren

BBC Archives: The Immediate Aftermath of the Six Day War

BBC Archives: The Immediate Aftermath of the Six Day War

From the archives of the BBC, this video (04:52) presents the immediate aftermath of the Six Day War, reported live from Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Tel Aviv right after the war. The footage captures the damage and humiliation of defeat from the Arab perspective, in contrast to

Palestinian Posters from the First Intifada

Palestinian Posters from the First Intifada

This post presents eight Palestinian posters from the First Intifada from the Palestinian Liberation Movement Collection in Yale University’s library. Among the images are those advocating violent resistance against Israel, those highlighting the plight of Palestinian women and children, and those demonstrating the brutality of

IDF Commander of West Bank Recalls the First Intifada

IDF Commander of West Bank Recalls the First Intifada

Produced by Al Jazeera, a state-funded Qatari news network, this video (02:18) includes an interview with the IDF Commander of the West Bank during the First Intifada. He explains why Israel called up thousands of reserve soldiers in response to the Palestinian uprising in order to ensure the

Identity Card: Mahmoud Darwish Poem & Song of the First Intifada

Identity Card: Mahmoud Darwish Poem & Song of the First Intifada

Originally written as a poem by iconic Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish in 1964, this song recalls the humiliation and frustration of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation, warning that it will eventually lead to violence.The poem was put to music and sung by Palestinian/Lebanese musician George Qurmuz in

The Stone Throwers: A Syrian Computer Game from The First Intifada

The Stone Throwers: A Syrian Computer Game from The First Intifada

This video (03:49) presents a computer game released in Syria about the First Intifada, in which the player is a Palestinian protester whose mission is to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem by killing as many Israeli soldiers as possible. Although this is just an old computer game,

Intifada: An Israeli Computer Game from The First Intifada

Intifada: An Israeli Computer Game from The First Intifada

This video (08:43) presents a computer game released in Israel during the First Intifada, in which the player is an Israeli soldier whose mission is to stop the rioting and stay alive, while avoiding unnecessary violence and casualties. The video presents several rounds of the game,

Footage of Typical Violence from The First Intifada

Footage of Typical Violence from The First Intifada

With no context or narration, this short video (01:15) presents footage of typical violence between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers during the First Intifada, including mobs of Palestinian youth throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers, who respond with force. 

The Story of an IDF Soldier & A Palestinian Protester During the First Intifada

The Story of an IDF Soldier & A Palestinian Protester During the First Intifada

Produced by Martin Fletcher, an author and former NBC News’ Middle East correspondent, this video (05:27) follows the story of an Israeli soldier and Palestinian protester during the First Intifada. Through interviews with both men and their families about their beliefs, feelings, actions, and hopes,

An IDF Soldier During The First Intifada: “It Changed Me Forever”

An IDF Soldier During The First Intifada: “It Changed Me Forever”

In this personal article, Ori Weisberg recalls his experiences as a Labor Zionist lone soldier during the First Intifada, emphasizing how his participation in the events created tension between his conflicting commitments to equality and Jewish nationalism. Expressing empathy with the plight of the Palestinians

King Abdullah I of Jordan: As the Arabs See the Jews (1947)

King Abdullah I of Jordan: As the Arabs See the Jews (1947)

This link provides the full text of an article written by King Abdullah I of Jordan in The American Magazine in November, 1947, six months before the declaration of the State of Israel and the outbreak of the War of Independence. Entitled “As the Arabs

Haim Hefer: Yes, It’s Possible

Haim Hefer: Yes, It’s Possible

This song was originally written as a poem by iconic Israeli poet, Haim Hefer, who served in the Palmach during the War of Independence, during the first truce of the war. The lyrics, provided below in English, dream of an end to the war and

Statement by the Arab League upon the Declaration of the State of Israel (May 15, 1948)

Statement by the Arab League upon the Declaration of the State of Israel (May 15, 1948)

This post presents the text of the cablegram sent from the Secretary General of the Arab League to the Secretary General of the United Nations following the Declaration of the State of Israel on May 15, 1948. The official statement, essentially a declaration of the

Natan Alterman: Elifelet

Natan Alterman: Elifelet

Performed here by the IDF for Memorial Day, this song, written as a poem by Natan Alterman in 1959 and put to music by Sasha Argov, tells the story of a simple, unimpressive young man who emerges as a hero who sacrificed his life for

Letters from Jerusalem: 1947-1948

Letters from Jerusalem: 1947-1948

This link provides a sample of letters that capture the spirit of the new country from the book “Letters from Jerusalem, 1947-1948” by Zipporah Porath, a young American woman who came to study in Jerusalem in 1947 and ultimately served in the Hagana during the War of

A Detailed Timeline of the War of Independence

A Detailed Timeline of the War of Independence

From the Zionism-Israel Center advocacy website, this link opens up a thorough chronology of events from November 1947 – September 1949. In addition to information about the many events noted throughout these years, the timeline also includes maps, photographs, and links for more information.  (Photo

The 35 Heroes of Gush Etzion (Video & Teachers’ Guide)

The 35 Heroes of Gush Etzion (Video & Teachers’ Guide)

This post provides excellent educational resources about the 35 soldiers who were killed during the War of Independence trying to bring supplies to the kibbutzim in the besieged Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem. The video (16:09) retells the tragic yet inspiring story through archival footage and interviews,

Maps: 1947-1967

Maps: 1947-1967

From the website of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this post presents three useful maps in understanding the development of the State of Israel’s borders and the War of Independence: a map of the UN Partition Plan (1947), a map of the Arab invasions

Natan Alterman / Yehoram Gaon: The Silver Platter

Natan Alterman / Yehoram Gaon: The Silver Platter

This haunting song conveys the great sacrifices upon which the State of Israel was establishment. Soon after the release of the UN Partition Plan of 1947, Chaim Weizmann, who would become the first president of the State of Israel, stated “The state will not be

A Map of Each Day of the War of Independence

A Map of Each Day of the War of Independence

This short illustrative video (01:17) depicts the land lost and gained by each side on every day of the Arab-Israeli War of 1948 through a color coded map with changing borders. The video also presents a timeline of the war, beginning on 15 May 1948, the

PM Ariel Sharon’s Address at the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill

PM Ariel Sharon’s Address at the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill

This post presents the text of then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s speech at the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill on 6 June 2005, in which he pays tribute to the heroic soldiers who died in the bloody battle on the site during the Six

Trailer for “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem”

Trailer for “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem”

This video (1:31) is a trailer for the Christian Broadcasting Network’s documentary, “In Our Hands,” which tells the story of the battle for Jerusalem in the Six Day War. Combining dramatic reenactments, interviews with veterans, and archival footage, this docudrama focuses on the role of the

Liberating the Old City of Jerusalem: A Personal Story

Liberating the Old City of Jerusalem: A Personal Story

Created by the Israel Defense Forces, this moving video (01:04) recalls the liberation of the Old City of Jerusalem and the Western Wall in the Six Day War through the eyes of the three paratroopers featured in the iconic photograph by David Rubinger

Independence: A Resource for Yom Ha’atzmaut from Limmud

Independence: A Resource for Yom Ha’atzmaut from Limmud

Created by the Limmud Chavruta Program for Israel’s 70th anniversary, this 8-page long document contains a wide range of sources that reflect on the past, present and future of the State of Israel through a side-by-side comparison of the Declaration of Independence with other ancient and modern

Kol Ami B’Seder: The State of Israel

Kol Ami B’Seder: The State of Israel

This educational resource by Yaara Salamon-Michaeli from the Kol Ami Jewish Peoplehood Leadership Academy provides biblical, historical and philosophical sources exploring the significance of the State of Israel in Jewish tradition and the Zionist ideology. 

How the Nation-State Law Challenges Israel’s Democratic Character

How the Nation-State Law Challenges Israel’s Democratic Character

This ABC News segment (07:11) features Liam Getreu, the Executive Director of the New Israel Fund Australia, describing the opposition of many to Israel’s controversial Nation-State Law, which enshrines the State of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. Getreu argues that the law upsets

The IDF Sings Unetanneh Tokeh to a Melody Inspired by the Yom Kippur War

The IDF Sings Unetanneh Tokeh to a Melody Inspired by the Yom Kippur War

To the backdrop of footage from the Yom Kippur War, this moving video shows the IDF Chief Cantor Ltc. Shai Abramson and IDF soldiers singing the prayer “Unetanneh Tokef” to the melody composed by Yair Rosenblum at the request of Kibbutz Bet HaShita, a secular kibbutz

Tzelofhad’s Daughters: A Feminist Poem About the Western Wall

Tzelofhad’s Daughters: A Feminist Poem About the Western Wall

This thought provoking poem by progressive Jewish feminist, Abby Caplin, draws a parallel between the biblical Daughters of Tzelofhad and the modern Women of the Wall. Both groups fight for gender equality within Judaism; the biblical women who argued that they should be able to inherit their

The Western Wall: A Poem

The Western Wall: A Poem

This poem by Anthony Shacknofsky conveys the significance of the Western Wall through a poetic summary of the history of this sacred site, from the days of the Temple, through destruction and exile, to the Jewish return in modern times. Originally published in Poetica Magazine in

A Selection of Yehuda Amichai’s Poems About Jerusalem

A Selection of Yehuda Amichai’s Poems About Jerusalem

This post offers the English translation of a selection of poems about Jerusalem, written by the iconic poet, Yehuda Amichai, who spent much of his life in the city. Some of the poems mention significant sites in Jerusalem, including the Western Wall, Ammunition Hill, the Temple

Footage from the Liberation of the Western Wall and the Temple Mount in 1967: “The Temple Mount is in Our Hands”

Footage from the Liberation of the Western Wall and the Temple Mount in 1967: “The Temple Mount is in Our Hands”

This short video from the Israel Defense Forces presents actual footage from the historic moment when Israeli soldiers overcame Arab troops and reached the Western Wall during the Six Day War in 1967.    

Quotes from Israeli Leaders Upon the Liberation of the Western Wall in 1967

Quotes from Israeli Leaders Upon the Liberation of the Western Wall in 1967

An excerpt from a longer article about the liberation of the Western Wall in the Six Day War in 1967 and the Israeli commitment to preserving freedom of worship for all at Jerusalem’s holy sites, this post presents moving quotes from military, political and religious

Educational Resources for Exploring the Western Wall Controversies

Educational Resources for Exploring the Western Wall Controversies

This post provides three different resources designed to help guide discussions and programming concerning some of the religious and political controversies surrounding the Western Wall. Created in 2003, some of the resources are slightly outdated, but still provide useful context for the exploration of these

An Israel-Focused High Holiday Lesson Plan

An Israel-Focused High Holiday Lesson Plan

This thorough lesson plan aims to help students “taste” the ethnic diversity of the Jewish communities in Israel, experience the immense weight and meaning of the Yom Kippur War in Israeli society, and gain insight into the complex attitudes of secular Israelis towards Jewish tradition. This

A Social Justice Prayer for Asylum Seekers in Israel Based on the Book of Ruth

A Social Justice Prayer for Asylum Seekers in Israel Based on the Book of Ruth

This introduction to the Book of Ruth is written as a prayer to God to help us apply the lessons of empathy, social justice, and communal responsibility found in this text to Israel’s current efforts to determine the policy regarding African refugees and asylum seekers. it

S.Y. Agnon’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

S.Y. Agnon’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

This post presents the audio recording (Hebrew) and translated text of a short excerpt from Israeli author Shai (Shmuel Yosef) Agnon’s acceptance speech after being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Although Agnon himself was born in the Diaspora, he describes his deep feeling that

Zionism & American Patriotism: A Speech from Louis D. Brandeis

Zionism & American Patriotism: A Speech from Louis D. Brandeis

This post presents the text of Louis D. Brandeis‘ address at the Conference of the Eastern Council of Reform Rabbis in June, 1915, entitled “Zionism is Consistent with American Patriotism.” In this speech, Brandeis rejects the idea that there would be a conflict of interests

Address by Israeli President Ezer Weizman in Germany

Address by Israeli President Ezer Weizman in Germany

This post presents the full text of President Ezer Weizman’s famous speech in a joint session for the two chambers of parliament in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1996. The speech gives an inspiring overview of Jewish history, highlighting the important of the return

November 29, 1947: The Story of a Vote (Video & Amos Oz Excerpt)

November 29, 1947: The Story of a Vote (Video & Amos Oz Excerpt)

This post provides resources about the fateful vote of November 29, 1947, when the United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of the Partition Plan, a three-minute long vote which changed the course of Jewish history. The Partition Plan recommended the end of the British Mandate

Israeli Recipes for Yom Ha’atzmaut

Israeli Recipes for Yom Ha’atzmaut

This link provides a selection of delicious recipes perfect for a festive Yom Ha’atzmaut BBQ, contributed by members of Israel’s Anglo community. 

Remembrance & Renewal: Yom Ha’atzmaut Activities for Children

Remembrance & Renewal: Yom Ha’atzmaut Activities for Children

This post presents a series of fun and educational games and activities about the history and significance of the State of Israel for children from ages 8-12. Created by the Bnei Akiva Religious Zionist youth group, these programs aim to help children understand why it was

Yom Ha’atzmaut Resources for Elementary School Students

Yom Ha’atzmaut Resources for Elementary School Students

This link from The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education provides educators with activities, lessons and resources that can be used to teach students from 1st-7th grade about Yom Ha’atzmaut. With maps, timelines, word searches, and coloring pages, these fun and educational resources can be used

Prayer for the Peace of Israel During Wartime

Prayer for the Peace of Israel During Wartime

This prayer for the peace of Israel during wartime was written by the late Rabbi Ron Aigen for T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. Rabbi Aigen was the senior rabbi of the Reconstructionist Congregation Dorshei Emet in Montreal and author of the Hadesh Yameinu Siddur, Mahzor, and Haggadah. This prayer was shared on Ritualwell,

A Prayer for Peace and Reconciliation for Israelis, Palestinians, and all People

A Prayer for Peace and Reconciliation for Israelis, Palestinians, and all People

This prayer for peace and reconciliation for Israelis, Palestinians, and all people was written by Rabbi Sam Feinsmith for T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. Rabbi Feinsmith is a Jewish educator, innovative prayer consultant, social justice activist, and the Program Director at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality in

An Original Yom Ha’atzmaut Amidah Prayer for Justice & Peace

An Original Yom Ha’atzmaut Amidah Prayer for Justice & Peace

This post offers 19 original prayers for Israel, based on the themes and structure of the 19-part Amidah prayer. The prayers were compiled by T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, an organization that calls on the power of the Jewish community to protect and advance human

A Prayer for the Palestinian People

A Prayer for the Palestinian People

This English prayer for the Palestinian people was written by Matt Adler to be recited in synagogue in addition to the prayer for the State of Israel. Adler, a gay activist and a proud new immigrant to Israel, shared this prayer on Ritualwell, a project of the

An IDF Paratrooper Shares Why He is Proud to Be Israeli on Yom Ha’atzmaut

An IDF Paratrooper Shares Why He is Proud to Be Israeli on Yom Ha’atzmaut

In this moving 40 second long video, IDF Lt (res) Eden Adler talks about the unity of Yom Ha’atzmaut and why he is proud to be Israeli and Jewish. The IDF paratrooper features in the highly acclaimed coming-of-age documentary about five Israeli soldiers, Beneath The Helmet: From High