In Northern Ireland, political peace was achieved without social reconciliation and integration. Is the latter necessarily a prerequisite for the former in the Israeli-Palestinian case? A Torah portion offers some wisdom.
Calev Ben-Dor grew up and was educated in England before making aliyah in 2005. Having previously worked for the Reut Institute and Israel's Foreign Ministry he is currently Director of Research at BICOM and also lectures on topics of Israeli and Jewish interest.
Israelis may feel the need to stand up for what they believe in regardless of the circumstances, but it may be wiser not to.
In their deaths, Yitzhak Rabin and Habtom Zarhum raise a similar question: How do we cope with the challenges of renewed statehood?
Upon seriously considering our mortality, we begin to live life more fully.
Sometimes, disaster is only averted by arbitrariness. On Rosh Hashanah, the story of Akeida lends insight into how we can cope with this realization.
And is there something we can do to prevent the Jewish state from crumbling from within?
As I recover from chemotherapy, I am reminded of a great rabbi's teaching after Israel's 1967 victory.
Maybe this holiday is meant to be a reminder that unwillingness to compromise on what we feel is rightfully ours can be catastrophic.
Which perspective is wise? And which is wicked? You decide.
A fresh look at the Purim story suggests that the Jews of Shushan were soberly aware of the dangers surrounding them, but chose celebration over despair.
A new study claims that many forms of cancer result from bad luck; as I undergo chemotherapy, how should I find meaning in this seeming randomness?
The Bible suggests that we can make a distinction between our connection to places and our sovereignty over them. We must keep that in mind this Shabbat, during the annual pilgrimage to Hebron for Parashat Hayei Sarah.
It’s easy to criticize budget cuts, sit in a government whose peace policies one disdains, and drown the media in sound bites. Israeli politicians seem to prefer that to being ultimately responsible for making tough decisions.