Medinat Israel and Eretz Israel

The Land of Israel is where they story of the Jewish people began. It is where we first experienced autonomy, where we developed a culture and a sense of identity, and where we longed for throughout generations of exile. Israel, the collective memory of and longing for the land, Eretz Israel (ארץ ישראל), shaped the Jewish experience…

Owning Israel

The State of Israel has been described as the greatest project of the Jewish people. Israel provides Jews with the first opportunity in thousands of years to practice self-government, and has given the Jewish people the challenge of determining what it means to govern Jewishly, and what the Jewish State will look like. I will…

The Myth and Reality of Israel

Israel might be the most complex place in the world. Everywhere, there are actual layers of history, civilizations built on top of one another in this ancient place. Ancient Israel is everywhere you turn when you walk through this country, in the ruins, the names of places, and the attachments that people and nations have…

My Zionist Story

For many years as an Israel advocate and educator, I felt a certain disconnect from my peers, and eventually my learners. I don’t remember developing a connection with Israel. I was nine years old during my first visit, and even at that point, I had been hearing about Israel around the dinner table for years.…