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Lessons for Israel from Ukraine

As 150,000 Russian troops amassed on Ukraine’s borders at the start of the year, Western countries warned of an impending invasion. On February 24, the troops invaded, attacking from strategic points in Ukraine’s north, east and south. After failing to capture any major Ukrainian cities weeks into the “operation,” Russia began scaling back its onslaught

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A Thousand Worlds Saved

As rumors of an imminent invasion swirled, Jerusalem implored Israelis in Ukraine to flee the looming war for the safety of Israel. The appeal extended beyond Israeli nationals. Jerusalem offered citizenship and a homecoming to the land of their promise for every Ukrainian Jew. Some heeded the call. Many didn’t. When the Russian tanks rolled

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Strength in Community

This spring, Bridges for Peace volunteers had the opportunity to visit Yad Mordechai in southern Israel. I was excited to go because I had read the illustrious history of this particular kibbutz (collective community) during the 1948 War of Independence. For five days, the heroic men and women of Yad Mordechai held off an Egyptian

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Water Innovation and Peace

Have you ever been truly, deeply thirsty? Were you in a place where you were able to find clean drinking water to quench your thirst? The reality of physical thirst is foreign to many people blessed to live in parts of the world where water is abundant. But, according to UNICEF and the World Health

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Vladimir Putin—An Enigma

At the writing of this article, war rages in Ukraine, and Europe is witnessing atrocities unlike anything we have seen since World War II. Many fear we are teetering on the brink of World War III. All eyes are fixed on Vladimir Putin, Russia’s enigmatic leader, wondering what his next move might be and praying

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Artist Colonies of Israel  

Many of us are familiar with the names of neighborhoods that originated from Christians establishing religious colonies in Israel. The American and German colonies are famous, among many others. Perhaps less well known is that scattered throughout Israel are another kind of colony: artistic colonies. An artists’ colony is a community where artists work, create and even live together, drawing inspiration from their surroundings.

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Bargaining Chips

Many a suspense-filled film features bank robbers and their failed attempts to escape with the loot before the police arrive. In desperation, the robbers take those unlucky individuals trapped in the bank as hostages. What ensues is usually a tension-filled negotiation as the criminals try to leverage the lives of their innocent captives to ensure

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Victims into Perpetrators

The dictionary defines a conspiracy theory as an attempt to explain harmful or difficult events as being the result of the actions or secret plots of a small or powerful group. These wild theories tend to increase in number during periods of widespread anxiety, uncertainty or hardship, such as wars, economic depressions or often in

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No Silver Platter

At less than 100 years old, the modern State of Israel is a relatively young nation. Moreover, 74 years ago, when David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the establishment of the state on May 14,1948, its survival was not a given. After the 1947 UN vote to partition Palestine into two independent states, Chaim Weitzman, Israel’s first president,

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Lebanon SOS

They once called it the Switzerland of the Middle East, an island of calm, cultured prosperity in a sea of chaos and cruelty. But those days are long gone. Today, Lebanon is known for something else: a failed state in the throes of what the World Bank calls one of the worst economic collapses in

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