Israel Independence Day


The Kibbutz at 100

By Jo-Ann Mort

The kibbutz, one of the grand social and economic experiments of the past century, was once a symbol of a liberal, humanistic Israel. Today, the kibbutzim, in their 100th year, have been profoundly transformed, and the face of Israel is a different kind of settlement — the West Bank settlement that seeks to build “facts on the ground” from a biblical perspective. The pendulum of Zionism, which was once weighted heavily toward a socialist-Zionist perspective, has shifted to a right-wing Zionism.Read More


Dancer, Advocate and Pioneer Win Prestigious Israel Prize for Lifetime Work

By Nathan Jeffay

A legendary dancer and choreographer, a Druze advocate for Israel and a veteran socialist-Zionist pioneer will be honored on Independence Day as winners of the coveted Israel Prize for lifetime achievement.Read More


Past and Present: Israel’s Impact on the Developing World

By Gil Shefler

In 1958, Israel was a fledgling state barely able to provide for its own. It was beset on all sides by enemies threatening imminent attack and trying to cope with the absorption of hundreds of thousands of refugees. Nonetheless, that year it launched an ambitious initiative aimed at sharing its nation-building know-how with newly nascent countries in Africa and Asia that were gaining independence from colonial powers.Read More


Tips for a Day That Is Hard To Say

By Lenore Skenazy

When it’s America’s Independence Day, we know exactly how to celebrate: We overeat! Hot dogs, hamburgers, brownies slathered in flag-colored frosting. Or cake with red, white and blue sprinkles, and toasted marshmallows, of course. And diet Coke. We’re proud of our heritage.Read More


The Last Man To Bear Witness to Independence

By Nathan Jeffay

On Yom Ha’atzmaut, several million Israelis will celebrate the 61st anniversary of their country’s Declaration of Independence. But only one of them was there for the actual event.Read More





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