Jerusalem celebrates 50 years since re-unification. Today, we visited Mt. Hertzl – including the Hertzl Museum – had a conversation with Dr. Ari Eitan, Chairman of The Ilan Institute, and celebrated 50th year since Jerusalem’s re-unification. Theodore Hertzl is commonly referred to as the founder of modern Zionism movement. Dr. Eitan’s work at the Ilan Institute […]
Today, we visited a Jewish museum and had a session with a Palestinian philosopher – two seemingly different kinds of events with one similar theme: both provided an insight into reasons why Jewish and Palestinian peoples are committed to their national identities and expression of those identities in their culture and state. These experiences continue to help […]
Today, we heard two stories, one, a significant individual from Israel’s past, the other a prominent Orthodox Rabbi very much involved in the current spiritual life in Israel. Rabbi Ian Pear Our morning began with a conversation with Rabbi Ian Pear. From his recent book, Accidental Rabbi, Pear is described as a: Rabbi, lawyer, and social activist […]
[Note: As mentioned in my original post, there are more than two-sides to the story and in the “Arab/Israeli conflict, the original story sub-divides into ever-so-many fragments, even within individuals. We begin, now, to hear from some of those stories – in this instance, we hear from an Israeli, pro-Palestinian research/advocacy group. My apologies in […]
We’ve been traveling for about 24 hours when we entered the cab for a ride to the hostel. Our cab driver, greeted us with a few quite-polite english phrases, enquired of our destination, and off we went!!
On Tuesday, May 16th, a team of three faculty and several FPU students will travel to Israel/Palestine. This is not a typical “Holy Land Tour,” where the purpose is to visit religious/historical sites. This trip is designed to become better acquainted with individuals and groups involved in the various PEACE MOVEMENTS. I’ll write at the end of each day a reflection of that day’s events