Author: Michael Freund

Speaking with Rabbi Israel Meir Lau

Journalist Michael Freund converses with Israel’s former chief rabbi about the Israeli scene, anti-Semitism, and the recent translation into English of his remarkable memoir Out of the Depths: The Story of a Child of Buchenwald Who Returned Home at Last. Jewish Action: A few years ago, you wrote a book in Hebrew about your experiences […]

Up Close with Yehuda Avner

Photos from The Prime Ministers, reprinted with permission from The Toby Press. Photo: Jono David Sitting in his private office in Jerusalem, Yehuda Avner still carries himself like a polished diplomat. The former ambassador and adviser to Israeli prime ministers is an energetic eighty-two year old, and has retained the gracious manner and self-deprecating humor […]

Kiruv on the Frontlines

In recent years, there has been a steady and worrisome erosion in Jewish identity among many Israelis. This is especially true with regard to the youth. Influenced by Western and secular mores, large sectors of the Israeli public have developed a looser sense of connection with Jewish history and Jewish destiny. This was borne out […]

Up Close with Rabbi Yehoshua Fass

Perhaps the most striking thing about the Jerusalem office of Nefesh B’Nefesh is its sparkling, corporate look. The quiet hum of phones ringing in the background, with rows of workers in cubicles pecking away at their keyboards, lends an aura of a thriving Fortune 500 company. But whereas corporate entities are often weighed down by […]

Meeting the Demands of Shemittah: Israeli Farmer Ariel Porat

It’s that time of year again in the Jewish State. An entire industry has shut down, workers are refraining from taking up their posts, and their tools and machinery lie about idly gathering dust. But this is not your typical Israeli labor strike or trade union walkout. Rather, it is something far more profound and […]

Talking With Malcolm Hoenlein

Now in his twentieth year as executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, an umbrella organization consisting of fifty-one national Jewish groups from across the religious and political spectrum, Malcolm Hoenlein, sixty-two, effectively serves as the voice of American Jewry on international and national concerns, representing its interests in […]

From Japan to Jerusalem

He served as a Protestant minister in Japan’s fourth-largest city. Now, he is a kollel student in Jerusalem. Meet Moshe Hattori.