Author: Faydra Shapiro

Faydra Shapiro

Dr. Faydra Shapiro is the Executive Director at the Israel Center for Jewish-Christian Relations.

Mourning the Temple’s Destruction: What Happens on Tisha B’Av

By Faydra Shapiro Monday, July 31, 2017

I’ll tell you a secret. I love just most things about being Jewish and Jewish observant life. But fast days?…

Druse

Our Druse Neighbors

By Faydra Shapiro Monday, July 17, 2017

From The Jerusalem Post: Haiel Stawi reminds us that Israel is a place more diverse, more complex and more beautiful than we could ever possibly know.

Zionist

Confessions of a Reluctant Zionist

By Faydra Shapiro Friday, May 5, 2017

As a beloved Jewish saying goes, “It is not incumbent on you to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.”

The Liberation In Passover

By Faydra Shapiro Wednesday, April 5, 2017

In a few days, Jews all over the world will celebrate Passover. Of the Jewish practices measured by the Pew…

Asylum

Israel Offers Asylum to Syria’s Children

By Faydra Shapiro Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Amidst today’s swirling questions about borders and security, Israel is quietly offering asylum to orphaned children from an enemy state: Syria.

Yet Another Terror Attack

By Faydra Shapiro Thursday, January 12, 2017

I saved this article on my computer as “terror attack.” But how inefficient that was. As if this was a singular event instead of a part of our daily lives.

Hanukkah

The Lights of Hanukkah

By Faydra Shapiro Tuesday, December 27, 2016

May the light we uncover and share this Hanukkah season only increase in power and intensity and holiness and radiate throughout the entire world.

Israelis

Israelis Break Tradition to Help the People of Syria

By Faydra Shapiro Thursday, December 22, 2016

Despite the fact that Israel and Syria have a tumultuous relationship at best, Israelis are extending a helping hand to the suffering Syrian people.

Bomb

Bombing at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo: Why Should Israelis Care?

By Faydra Shapiro Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A bomb blast inside St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt killed 25 people and injured another 49 on Dec. 11. Why should Israelis care about this tragedy?