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    Resolving the problem of the Jewish Left
    in Israel, Latest Articles, Opinion

    By Samuel Bressler
    June 1, 2016

    In my previous article I outlined the several reasons why the Jewish left is in an existential crisis, my goal in this piece will be to provide a potential solution to this problem, a solution which preserves the role of Jewish leftism in the Jewish community. We should keep in mind a few things: first,…

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    Taste of Torah: Letting the land lull
    in Israel, Jewish Thought, Latest Articles

    By Ha'Am Contributor
    May 27, 2016

    By Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, Co-Director of the Jewish Leaning Initiative on Campus at UCLA This week’s Torah portion, Behar, introduces us to a most fascinating commandment: Shemitah, the Sabbatical year. The mitzvah of Shemitah mandates that Jews in Israel cease and desist of all labor to fields for the entire seventh year. This structure essentially mirrors the weekly Shabbat experience, expanding it to an entire year for farmers. While those…

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    House of Cards: the Israel episode
    in Israel, Latest Articles, Opinion

    By Samuel Bressler
    May 25, 2016

    Israeli politics can best be described as a volatile and tumultuous show. Recent events have provided yet more evidence of this phenomenon and have cemented president Benjamin Netanyahu’s reputation as Israel’s Frank Underwood. The current saga began several months ago, when diplomatic feelers were exchanged between Netanyahu and opposition leader Isaac Herzog of the Zionist…

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    Response to Daily Bruin submission: Israel Indepe ...
    in Israel, Latest Articles, UCLA

    By Soof Hacohen
    May 20, 2016

    An Israeli response to the Matan Neuman’s plea to allow UCLA’s pro-Israel community to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut, and the important concepts it conveniently overlooked I appreciate and agree wholeheartedly with Matan Neuman’s words regarding Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebrations: the Israeli community should be able to celebrate this event without any political connotations. However, just like the…

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    Shabbat: A time to look back and look forward
    in Latest Articles, Life & Culture, Opinion, UCLA

    By Jessica Behmanesh
    May 17, 2016

    This article is dedicated to the boards of the Transfer Undergraduate Students at Hillel, Bruins for Israel and the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus for all of their hard work and dedication. A special thank-you goes out to Hillel at UCLA for giving us students endless opportunities to engage with the greater community and create…