Israel at War

Israel at War

“Israel is family to us all. In crisis - family steps up. May we all step up to the call... of this dark hour.”

Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, Ph.D.

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Israel at War
  • A Prayer for Israel (Avinu Shebashamayim)

    In honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut, enjoy this new setting of the prayer for Israel. This upbeat adaptation expresses hope for Israel’s future, one we pray for fervently. We dedicate this dance-style song to the victims, and with hope for the hostages, of the Nova Music Festival. Am Yisrael Chai.

    Music,...

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: A Free People in Our Land (May 11, 2024)

    How does a connection to the land of Israel play out in your life? In sharing his own personal experience, Rabbi Cosgrove reminds us how the dream and the reality of a sovereign Jewish state in the land of Israel has sustained the Jewish people.

  • Rabbi Zauzmer: To an Anti-Israel Protestor (May 4, 2024)

    Rabbi Zauzmer brings us into an imagined conversation with an anti-Israel protestor on campus, giving us guidance for how to speak to our own friends even through vehement disagreement.

  • Moledet - Homeland

    In the aftermath of October 7, celebrated Israeli artist Hanan Ben Ari wrote this song. In his dedication to the song, he writes, “This song is dedicated to my country. Not the one that was here a week ago, the one we will rebuild when all this is over.” As we look to Yom HaShoah, the reasons why...

  • Remarks from Families of Hostages

    Family members of Oded Lifshitz, Yocheved Lifshitz (released), Eli Sharabi, and Yossi Sharabi z"l shared remarks with the community during Kabbalat Shabbat services.

  • Rabbi Zuckerman: The Excavation of Our History (April 6, 2024)

    The Jewish connection to the land of Israel has been threatened with severance before October 7, yet these attempts have increased since. Through a historical lens, Rabbi Zuckerman explores how the establishment of Israel is the reconstitution of a national home, not colonization.

  • Tahzor (“Come Back”)

    As of this weekend, on April 7, the remaining hostages in Gaza will have been held in captivity for six months. Despite the unimaginable deprivation and cruelty of their condition, we hope and pray for their immediate return.

    Music and lyrics by Idan Reichel and Avi Ohayon
    Arrangement by Oran ...

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: The Day After (March 2, 2024)

    Although Israel remains traumatized by the terror of October 7, the hostages, and the ongoing war, there is talk of “the day after.” Rabbi Cosgrove examines the arguments for and against a two-state solution and offers his vision for a hopeful path forward.

  • Rabbi Zuckerman: Under the Stretcher (February 24, 2024)

    Israeli society and Jews worldwide need to show solidarity during these times. Using the analogy of “the stretcher,” inspired by author Max Levin, Rabbi Zuckerman emphasizes the importance of carrying our brothers and sisters through the war in Israel in any way that we can, from wherever we may be.

  • Israel Trip Reflections

    Rabbi Zuckerman and PAS members Alyssa First and Stacey Maman shared reflections on their recent PAS trip to Israel.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Breathe . . . and Breathe Again (February 10, 2024)

    As the Gaza war continues, how do you respond to people whose views on what should happen next in the conflict differ from your own? Rabbi Cosgrove counsels that it is essential to assume positive intent on the part of others and to ask thought-provoking questions to promote understanding.

  • A Visit from Governor Kathy Hochul

    During Kabbalat Shabbat, Governor Kathy Hochul remarked on her trip to Israel, the importance of allyship, and the steps she’s taken to protect citizens from the current rise in antisemitism. 

  • Shabbat Remarks from UJA

    Robin Kaplan, a cochair of UJA at PAS, and Eric Goldstein, the CEO of UJA, reflected on their recent trips to Israel and the aftermath of Oct. 7. Goldstein shared how funds raised were used to aid families in Israel and UJA’s focus on working against antisemitism and helping others embrace their ...

  • Israel And Diaspora Jewry In A Post-October 7 World

    With Rabbi Zuckerman, journalists Matti Friedman and Jodi Rudroren discussed the state of Israel before and after October 7, the reawakening of Zionism, and how news media delivers information on the war in Israel, and the ways readers interpret it.

  • Shabbat Remarks from Rabbi Cosgrove

    Rabbi Cosgrove spoke of the importance Jewish solidarity, overcoming "the enemy within," and coming together as a Jewish people.

  • Pray for Peace

    Let us pray for peace using these timeless words from the Amidah, sung in this familiar melody. Oseh shalom bimromav hu ya-aseh shalom aleinu, v’al kol Yisrael, v’imru amen – "May the one who creates peace on high bring peace to us and to all Israel. And we say: Amen."

    Music: Nurit Hirsh, arr. b...

  • Bring Them Home

    This week we marked 100 days since 240 women, children, elderly people, and other innocent civilians were brutally abducted from their homes and held in captivity by Hamas, sitting in dark terrorist tunnels under the ground, their condition unknown. Our hearts are with those who have suffered and...

  • Remarks from Orit Meir and Galia David, Mothers of Hostages (Jan. 7, 2024)

    Orit Meir and Galia David, whose sons were kidnapped by Hamas on October 7, addressed PAS at Kabbalat Shabbat.
    Meir is the mother of Almog Meir-Jan, a 21-year-old civilian. David is the mother of Evvatar David, a 23-year-old civilian.
    The abductees were filmed by Hamas, bound and in captivity ins...

  • Antisemitism and College Campuses

    We hosted a conversation with Rabbi Fein, the Senior Director of Engagement at Columbia/Barnard Hillel. We invited our college students and their families to join us for this conversation about antisemitism on college campuses. This evening provided our students an opportunity to embrace their J...

  • Israel, Antisemitism And Making Sense Of Campus Climate

    Floyd Abrams, described as “the most significant First Amendment lawyer of our age,” joins Rabbi Cosgrove in dialogue.

  • Rabbi Cosgrove: Rattled, Raw, and Resilient (December 9, 2023)

    What are you doing now to support Israel? Rabbi Cosgrove reflects on last week’s PAS mission to Israel, emphasizing the overwhelming solidarity of Israelis in caring for survivors of the October 7th attacks, advocating for the hostages, and supporting the soldiers.

  • Remarks from Yair Golan (December 8, 2023)

    During Kabbalat Shabbat, Yair Golan, Israeli politician and senior military officer, shared remarks.

  • Rabbi Zuckerman: When the Impossible Becomes Possible (December 2, 2023)

    David Ben-Gurion was well aware of the risks he took in founding the State of Israel, yet he pushed on despite his fears. Analogizing this with the Torah, Rabbi Zuckerman uses Jacob's extreme self-confidence to unlock the potential of the Jewish people of today, especially in the wake of October 7.

  • Remarks from Cardinal Dolan

    In his remarks during Kabbalat Shabbat, Cardinal Timothy Dolan recognizes the olive branches from neighbors and friends, including the Catholic Church, that the Jewish community needs at this time.