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10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Chanukkah

Is it Chanukkah . . . or Hanukkah? What’s with the jelly donuts? Why eight nights? And more.

A Rat Pack Sabbath

In Jerusalem, the Sabbath is an anticipated and enjoyed weekly vacation day.

The Secret to Living with Uncertainty

We err if we think faith solves our uncertainty. Authentic faith is not about easy answers.

7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Wailing Wall

No trip to Israel is complete without a visit to the Wailing Wall. Here’s what I learned on mine.

Messianic Jews, Palestinian Christians, and a Theology of Reconciliation

As followers of Jesus, we are to mirror the unity of the Father, Son, and Spirit.

Scroll Your Way Through the 12 Tribes of Israel

The better we understand the 12 tribes, the better we understand Israel’s important (and weird) history.

10 Tips for Reading the Bible for the First Time

How to get yourself through that resolution to finally read the world’s most talked-about book.

Photos: Activists Hold Mass at the Barrier Blocking Bethlehem

See the ongoing vigil at the Israeli separation barrier that threatens to cut off a West Bank Catholic community.

A Palestinian Violist Plays the Sound of Hope

Can a church’s musical presentation speak into the world’s most pressing conflicts?

#WeAreN and #YouAreNot

Whose suffering matters to you? With whom are you willing to stand?

How Millennial Evangelicals See the Israeli-Palestine Conflict

Millennial Christians are developing views of Israel that are distinct from their parents’ pro-Israel perspective. Here’s why.

Is No One Willing to Help the Gazans?

We need people with honesty and integrity to challenge the dehumanizing drift of our global society.

Why Liberals Should Love Israel

An analysis of Israeli society reveals a country embracing individual freedom, equality, and unity.

Breaking the Ramadan Fast in the Company of Jews

Despite continuing violence in Israel and Gaza, Muslims and Jews are coming together this Ramadan to promote interfaith community.

Why I Don’t Pray for Peace in the Middle East

I have good reasons not to pray for Israel/Palestine. But I don’t have any excuse.

The Obama Doctrine: Say goodbye to “weak versus strong” in foreign policy

The president’s West Point speech exposed the illusion of a force-versus-peacemaking duality.

Pope Francis and the Vatican’s Burdened Past

Moral deflection shapes the ground across which Pope Francis strode during his Middle East pilgrimage.

This Passover, We’re Standing at an Unparted Sea of Reeds

We need to ask ourselves: What will be the future of the State of Israel — and what will it require of us?

Are Most Evangelicals Pro-Israel? Survey Results May Surprise You — and Show a Way Forward

Evangelicals are not as unwavering in their support of Israel as everyone seems to think. That could be good news for the future of Israel.

Israeli Government Offers Free Abortions to Women aged 20 to 33

The 2014 “health basket” of medical services and medications approved by Israel’s cabinet will cover some 6,300 abortions.