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American Zionism

Christianity: Good for the Jews? Christianity: Good for the Jews?
Friday, May 24, 2013 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Examining the state of contemporary Christendom in an article first published January 5, 2012, Elliot Jager asks whether Jews have an interest in seeing Christianity thrive—and answers yes.
The Outstretched Hand The Outstretched Hand
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Motti Inbari | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

My family and I celebrated Passover in Lumberton, North Carolina. We are the only Israelis in town and, as far as I know, the only Jews.  But it’s not as lonely as it might sound, thanks to our Evangelical Christian neighbors.
The New Jewish Leaders The New Jewish Leaders
Friday, April 5, 2013 by Hal M. Lewis | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Distinguished scholars profile the new generation of American Jewish leaders, from the ages of 22 to 40, and ask how they differ from the leaders of the generation past.  But who counts as a Jewish leader?
AIPAC and the Secret Worlds of Peoplehood AIPAC and the Secret Worlds of Peoplehood
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

No cause, force or organization, brings Americans, primarily Jews but also Christians, together like the cause of Israel as managed by AIPAC.
When Liberal Protestants Were Zionists When Liberal Protestants Were Zionists
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by Judah Bellin | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

It is hard to imagine a liberal Christian theologian passionately defending Zionism today.  But Reinhold Niebuhr praised Zionism as a means to the establishment of "highest civilization." 
Who’s Sadat?  Or, Defining Israel Literacy Upward Who’s Sadat? Or, Defining Israel Literacy Upward
Monday, March 4, 2013 by David B. Starr | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

American Jewry is becoming less and less well informed about Zionism and Israel.  Can anything be done to reverse this decline?
Which Land Is Our Land? Which Land Is Our Land?
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by The Editors | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

After David Ben-Gurion urged young American Jews to make aliyah, the American Jewish Committee responded by resolving to "forcefully discourage Israeli propaganda for immigration from America."
If I Forget Thee? If I Forget Thee?
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Allan Arkush | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

As a recent seminar at New York's Mechon Hadar testified, throughout Jewish tradition, everyone—even the anti-Zionists—recognizes that the Land of Israel has more sanctity than any other place.  But what follows from that?
The Jewish Vote, Once and Future The Jewish Vote, Once and Future
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

This Election Day reminds us, yet again, of the paradox of the “Jewish vote” in American politics.  Here is a series of varied snapshots of the Jewish vote as it has looked to different writers for Jewish Ideas Daily over the past two years.
The Road Not Taken The Road Not Taken
Friday, August 24, 2012 by Johanna Kaplan | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

In my unusually large, far-flung, contentious, loopy contingent of maternal first cousins, the quandary of aliyah, or not, at one time or another, has possessed—pierced—nearly all of us.  And this is so despite the great divergence in our ages, interests, temperaments . . . 
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Don't Just Celebrate Mishael Zion, eJewish Philanthropy. "How fitting would it be if the week of Yom Ha'atzma'ut would be a time in which American Jews educate themselves on Israel’s challenges and opportunities."
The Embrace of the Evangelicals Maud Newton, New York Times. Christian bar mitzvahs, Christian prayer shawls, Christian support for Israel—should Jews be mistrustful and offended?  Or should they welcome the new evangelical reality?
Americans for Israel Yoram Ettinger, Israel Hayom. As President Obama prepares for his first official visit to Israel, a new poll reveals that Israel has the support of the vast majority of Americans. But will Obama listen to the people?
The Orthodox Go to Washington Yair Rosenberg, Tablet. Offering sessions aimed at Orthodox rabbis for the first time, this year's AIPAC conference reflects a broader trend of engagement in the political process by the Orthodox community.
FDR and the Jews Marc Fisher, Moment. “Roosevelt sounded at times like a Zionist, at times like a skeptic about Palestine’s capacity to absorb new settlers, and at times, when speaking to anti-Semites, like an anti-Semite himself.”
Israel’s Lobby: The American People Meir Soloveichik, Weekly Standard. There are millions of Americans who “have no idea what the word 'kishkes' means, but whose concern for the state of Israel is bone-deep."
Israel's Unrepresented Anglos Jonathan Gimpel, Jerusalem Post. Unlike other minority communities in Israel, the Anglos are not united as an interest group.  But they are united in their ideals—as the rise of Jewish Home testifies. 
In Memory of a Friend Seth Mandel, Commentary. Senator Daniel Inouye, who died this week, was a decorated war hero, a champion of his state of Hawaii—and a stalwart and constant friend of Israel.
What Crisis of Zionism? J. J. Goldberg, Forward. For American Jews under 35, the decline in attachment to Israel seems to be reversing itself—but not the decline in trust toward Israel’s government.
Turning Sun Into Rain Anav Silverman, Tazpit. Making fresh water through desalination is too expensive for many poor countries. But new Israeli technology can make the process cheaper—and better.