Israel Journals

Lessons from Israel in the Age of Terror

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A travel journal to Israel by BawBaw

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Mount Herzl Military Cemetery

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Attraction | "Garden of Remembrance on Mount Herzl"

Mount Herzl Military Cemetery Photo, Jerusalem, Israel
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Mount Herzl (Har Herzl in Hebrew) is the location of Israel’s national cemetery. As with Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, DC, a walk across these grounds is an excursion into the past—in both cases, that past is dominated by wars fought and lives lost. The cemetery on Mount Herzl was established in 1951 as a final resting place for the nation’s leaders and its honored military dead.A small section of the cemetery designated as the Burial Ground for the Leaders of the Nation contains the graves of Prime Ministers Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin, President Chaim Herzog, and Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollack, among others. Zionist leaders from the pre-state era are also here, inclu...Read More

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Mount Herzl Military Cemetery
Herzl Boulevard, Mount Herzl
Jerusalem, Israel

Educating Israel

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Barbed Wire and Roses Photo, Jerusalem, Israel
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On April 1, 1925, Lord Arthur James Balfour stood on the summit of Mount Scopus (Har Hatsofim, in Hebrew) to dedicate the establishment of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Today, 85 years later, the university looks back proudly on an impressive record of accomplishment. As envisioned by Israel's Zionist founders, the university contributed to preparing the youth of the pioneer generations as leaders of "modern Israel"--both in terms of educating the citizens of the State of Israel itself and in providing an important center of learning for the Diaspora. After independence was achieved, the university provided a focal point for defining Israel and Israelis through interaction between Jews and non-J...Read More

Mourning Our Fragile Humanity

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When Pope John Paul II visited and prayed at Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, he spoke eloquently about his personal sorrow and the Catholic Church's sorrow over the tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people throughout history. Predictably, Israeli responses to the Pope's visit varied considerably. Some Israelis regarded the pontiff's presence in Israel and his expressions of concern about the Holocaust as much too little far too late. Nonetheless, most expressed appreciation for this visit to Jerusalem and for the Pope's outright rejection of Christian antisemitism. Needless to say, most Israelis would have liked to hear John Paul make a strong statement...Read More

From a Bus Seat in Jerusalem

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During a memorable summer 25 years years ago, I took up temporary residence in the ageless city of Jerusalem. As a student (somewhat older than most) in the summer program at Hebrew University on Mount Scopus, I quickly discovered that the ubiquitous Egged buses met all my needs for moving about the city--and beyond. The buses were cheap and easy, if not always dependable relative to their published timetables. Despite the buses' proclivity for running on "Jewish time," I thought nothing of hopping aboard for trips to Tel Aviv or Masada. As for Jerusalem itself, riding the buses gave me easy access to the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall, to the University Campus at Givat Ram and back again to Mount Scopus,...Read More
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Based on my own memory, Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall in West Jerusalem has been the object of terror attacks--or attempted attacks thwarted--since the 1980s. One such incident occurred in December 2001, less than 3 months after the events of "9-11" here in the United States. Taken in this light, Ben Yehuda, at least for me, provides a symbol for some of the worst perils of living in the shadow of terror: Innocence and the innocent are destroyed. Peace is mind is shattered and restored piecemeal, but perhaps always a bit more precariously than it once had been. Jerusalem's Ben Yehuda pedestrian area is not a mall in the modern American sense of the word. As with Steep Hill in Lincoln (England...Read More