Zionism 301: Herzl and the Belzer Rebbe

By Hannah Cowen, Shevet Na’aleh When the Belzer Rebbe was escaping the Holocaust, the rescue committee insisted that he be issued travel certificates for Eretz Yisrael. These certificates were reserved for ‘tziyonim vatikim’ (longtime/outstanding Zionists). His brother argued that the Rebbe was entitled to one. “Three times a day he says ‘And may our eyesContinue reading “Zionism 301: Herzl and the Belzer Rebbe”

Zionism 301: Escaping Definition

By Shira Collins, Shevet Ne’eman, currently on Hachsharat Torani Not long ago, ‘Zionist’ was just something I said I was. I used to think I understood what it really meant, but on the Torani pre-Pesach Seminar I got an insight of how broad Zionism is and what modern Zionism actually means. Before the seminar, IContinue reading “Zionism 301: Escaping Definition”

Zionism 301: Modern and Divine

By Rafi Dover, Shevet Hagevura For me, Zionism has to justify itself in two interconnected ways, and through these justifications, I find profound meaning in it. The Modernist-Zionist Way As Zionism (even Religious Zionism) is self-consciously a product of modernism, it has to justify itself through tangible ‘hard facts’ – we are a people existing inContinue reading “Zionism 301: Modern and Divine”

Zionism 301: A Third Path

by Yehuda Fink, Shevet Shvut, Technical Director 5775 “The national religious are dangerous. More dangerous than Hezbollah, more than drivers in car-ramming attacks or kids with scissors. The Arabs can be neutralized, but they cannot…” These are charming words of “journalist” Yossi Klein, printed in Ha’aretz this week. I do not need to explain hisContinue reading “Zionism 301: A Third Path”

Zionism 301: Conviction and Inclusivity

By Jordan Bernstein, Shevet Ne’eman On the one hand, you have a religion that has been around for 4000 or so years, caked in history, spirituality, transcending all physical structures or fleeting political ideals. On the other hand, you have a belief that the Jewish people have a right to national self-determination in the LandContinue reading “Zionism 301: Conviction and Inclusivity”

Zionism 301: The Salmon of Certanity

By Jonny Sherman, Shevet Lavi, Mazkir 5773 So let’s talk Salmon. Classic machane analogy #27: There are two types of Salmon in the supermarket: farmed and wild. Difference? Farmed Salmon are raised in a protected environment – sans predators, but tastes…average. Wild Salmon are free to roam the rivers, developing greater flavour…but may not endContinue reading “Zionism 301: The Salmon of Certanity”

Religious Girls in the Army – A personal Perspective

By Mia Gray, Lehava 5777 Until this year, whenever I had debates with people about religious girls in the army, I always argued from an ideological or intellectual standpoint. My big mistake had been believing that religious girls could join the army. I am under the firm impression that if a religious girl feels that she doesn’tContinue reading “Religious Girls in the Army – A personal Perspective”

Dealing with a Divided Israel

By Kobi Weiner Talk to anyone in Israel remotely interested in politics (which is most people) in the past few months, and it’s likely that one topic would crop up eventually: the evacuation of the settlement of Amona. For a good background of the whole story and the political pressures around it read this articleContinue reading “Dealing with a Divided Israel”

On the Streets of Jerusalem

Jojo Weiner A few days ago in my comings and goings I found myself in the heart of the Hareidi neighbourhood of Me’ah She’arim. I’d done some shopping there and was on my way back to the army: trundling along the crowded pavement, bags flailing about, full IDF garb with all my pins and stripesContinue reading “On the Streets of Jerusalem”