Author: Noam Weissman

Why the Future of Jewish Education Depends on How We Manage Transition

To make any kind of change work, we need to learn how to manage transitions. Virtual learning cannot, in most instances, replace the in-person experience, but let’s stop trying to replicate the past. Here are four specific ways that Jewish educators can both embrace the present and construct a better future.

What Went Wrong in Israel’s Fight Against Coronavirus?

With the recent surge of coronavirus cases in Israel, we consider how Israel went from being a role model for other countries in its handling of the pandemic to an example of what not to do. How do we grapple with Israel’s challenges and imperfections?

Bahrain-Israel Deal: Is This the End of the Arab-Israeli Conflict?

Bahrain and Israel announced they are establishing full diplomatic relations, making Bahrain the fourth Arab state to normalize ties with Israel, after Egypt, Jordan and the UAE. We give a brief rundown of the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict and survey reactions to the announcement from the American Jewish world, the Arab world and Middle East commentators. Is this the start of a new era in Arab-Israeli relations?

Our Favorite Content From 2020 (So Far)

During the month of Elul, we are taking a look back at some of the major recent stories that affected Israel and the Jewish world. Here are 10 highlights from our content since the start of 2020.

Eilat Gang Rape: Israelis Protest Against Sexual Violence and Call for Change

The gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in Eilat led thousands of Israelis to protest against sexual violence and demand the government take action. We cover the horrifying story, reactions from politicians and activists, and the demonstrations that followed. What will it take to end sexual violence against women and girls?

Israel-UAE Deal: The Real Deal of the Century?

After the announcement of a historic agreement between Israel and the UAE to normalize relations, we unpack how the deal happened, why it matters, reactions from Israeli politicians and settlers, Palestinians and the Arab world, and what this means for the future of Israel’s relations in the Middle East.

Tisha B'av at the Kotel

Tisha B’Av: What Are We Really Mourning?

The creation of the state of Israel and the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967 raised new questions about how to commemorate the Ninth of Av. Why do many Jews continue to fast and mourn on this day given the current political reality?

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