Israel

From Generation to Generation

Students speak with Elie Wiesel, noted author, scholar, ardent Zionist and ambassador for human rights.

Students speak with Elie Wiesel, noted author, scholar, ardent Zionist and ambassador for human rights.  

author's bio: 

Katie Hartman is a senior at the Trinity School in New York City. She is also a participant in Write On for Israel.

Israel: Jewish State Or Orthodox State?

Pluralism is not alive and well in Israel.

Standing at the Western Wall this past summer, I felt profoundly uncomfortable. This is strange because I am a committed Conservative Jew and the Kotel is one of our holiest sites. The sentiment many American Jews share about the Western Wall — that it is the Jewish people’s holiest site and that it is a place at which spiritual epiphanies can take place — could not have been further from the truth in my case. In fact, the Kotel was a religious turn-off for me. Because I am not Orthodox, I felt like I did not belong there.