Curated Media on the War in Israel

Helping Wexner Leaders Stay Informed

On Monday, October 9th, Rabbi Elka Abrahamson  sent a letter to our network expressing empathy and support, and a promise to follow up with resources for our North American alumni, members, and fellows who are all stepping up to lead at this time.

While there are many places to turn to for resources on donating or supporting Israel in a variety of ways, we are committed to providing our network with education and information:  a thoughtfully curated list of articles, podcasts, and videos that can help leaders make sense of this extremely challenging and fateful moment in Jewish and Israeli history.

The Wexner Foundation is a nonpartisan, pluralistic organization that engages leaders of divergent opinions. Views presented in the sources below represent the opinions of the authors or speakers only and do not represent the views of The Wexner Foundation.

On Israel and the War

Read: “All for All – and Out” | By Commanders for Israel's Security

Read: Ending the War | By Robert Satloff and Dennis Ross | December 1, 2023 | The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Read: From Mourning to Resilience: Community Rabbis Face Israel at War | By Mishael Zion | November, 2023

Read: Israel’s choice: Body or soul | By Michael Oren | November 27, 2023 | The Times of Israel

Read: The Rescuers | By Thomas L. Friedman | November 22, 2023 | The New York Times

Read: The Word ‘Genocide’ Has An Actual Meaning | By Noah Feldman| November 15, 2023 | The Atlantic

Read: The lonely people of history | By Yossi Klein Halevi | November 12, 2023 | Blog- The Times of Israel

Read: I Have Never Been to This Israel Before | By Thomas L. Friedman | November 9, 2023 | Opinion, The New York Times

Read: The war we are waging | By Daniel Landes | November 9, 2023 | Blog- The Times of Israel

Read: Testimony of Hamas massacre survivors compiled from social media posts on new website | Trigger Warning: some of the stories in this article are extremely difficult and describe war crimes involving violence, rape and brutality.  | By Mati Wagner | November 8, 2023 | The Times of Israel

Resources: Hasbara Toolbox | We have the resources you need to help shape Israel’s global narrative right now - and a crash course on how to use them.

Read: Why a Gaza Cease-Fire is Unrealistic | By Daniel Kurtzer | November 8, 2023 | The Atlantic

Read: Opinion: I’m an expert in urban warfare. Israel is upholding the laws of war | By John Spencer | November 7, 2023 | CNN

Listen: Episode 340- The Bright Line Between Good and Evil | by Sam Harris | November 7, 2023

Read: Even the Oppressed Have Obligations | By Michael Waltzer | November 6, 2023 | The Atlantic

Read: ‘Fauda’ creator Issacharoff: ‘We cannot even imagine’ the extent of Gaza’s tunnels | By Jessica Steinberg | November 6, 2023 | The Times of Israel

Watch: Partners in Fate - Arab citizens heroic rescue of Jews from the Be'eri Massacre | November 5, 2023

Read: The President of Israel: This Is Not a Battle Just Between Israel and Hamas | By Isaac Herzog | November 3, 2023 | NY Times Opinion

Read: For Israel, a War Unlike Any Other | By Yossi Klein Halevi | November 3, 2023 | The Wall Street Journal

Read: My father, Elie Wiesel, survived Auschwitz. He'd ask these questions about Israel-Hamas war. | by Elisha Wiesel | November 1, 2023 | USA Today

Read: Is Hamas the Same as Israel or Worse? | by Pluralus | October 30, 2023 | Medium

Read: Israel’s War Aims and the Principles of a Post-Hamas Administration in Gaza | by Robert Satloff, Dennis Ross, David Makovsky | Oct 17, 2023 | The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Listen: Hamas, Explain (Updated) | by Noam Weissman | October 11, 2023 | Apple Podcasts

Read: The History of Israel and the Conflict | by The Association of Jewish Libraries

Watch: Bari Weiss on Hamas attacks | Fox News Video | October 10, 2023

Read: Hamas Attack on Israel Kills Hundreds of People | Anti-Defamation League | October 10, 2023

Read: Stand with Us- Situation Room

Read: Israel Under Attack | Israeli American Council and Jewish Education Project | October 9, 2023

Listen: Honestly with Bari Weiss: War in Israel | Apple Podcasts | October 9, 2023

Diaspora Perspectives/Antisemitism

Read: Antisemitism: A Guide for the Perplexed | By Bret Stephens | December 12, 2023 | The NY Times Opinion

Read: Jewish American Families Confront a Generational Divide Over Israel | By Emma Goldberg and Marc Tracy | December 5, 2023 | The New York Times

Read: How Oct. 7 is reshaping the Zionist — and anti-Zionist — left in the US | By Yehuda Kurtzer | November 30, 2023 | Forward

Read: Opinion - The Paradigm Shift of 7 October and a Plan for the Jewish Future | By Sara Hirschhorn | November, 2023 | Fathom

Read: Something we can all agree on | By Sheryl Sandberg | November 20, 2023 | CNN

Read: The way out of the campus conundrum | By Mark Goldfeder| November 17, 2023 | E Jewish Philanthropy

Read: Universities Are Failing at Inclusion | By David Brooks | November 16, 2023 | NY Times Opinion

Watch: How the War Exposed the Failures & Possibilities of the Jewish Left | by Rabbi Shai Held | November 14, 2023 | Z3 Project

Read: The Hate That Doesn’t Know Its Own Name | By Bret Stephens | November 14, 2023 | NY Times Opinion

Read: After Antisemitic Attacks, Colleges Debate What Kind of Speech is Out of Bounds | Anemona Hartocollis and 

Read: When Asked How I Am, What Do I Say? | By Paula Mack Drill | November 7, 2023 | The Blogs- The Times of Israel

Read: Across the Echo Chamber, a Quiet Conversation About War and Race | By Jennifer Medina | November 5, 2023 | The New York Times

Watch: German Vice-Chancellor Speaks out on antisemitic incidents | November 2, 2023 | DW

Read: The Laws of Campus Culture War | by David French | November 2, 2023 | NY Times Opinion

Read: Anti-Jewish bias has deeply permeated university culture | By Oded Haklai | November 1, 2023 | The Globe and Mail

Read: Never Again is Now | by Natan Sharanksy | October 31, 2023 | Tablet

Watch: Dr. Qanta Ahmed Speaks at Technion on Hamas's Crimes Against Humanity | October 29, 2023

Read: The Decolonization Narrative Is Dangerous and False | by Simon Sebag Montefiore | October 27, 2023 | The Atlantic

Read: Letter to Yale Jewish Students | by Rabbi Jason Rubenstein, WGF/DS Class 20 and Jewish Chaplain at Yale | October 26, 2023

Read: The Protests of Fools | By Bernard-Henri Lévy | October 25, 2023| Tablet

Read: ADL Launches On-Demand Educational Course “Antisemitism 101 For the Workplace” | By ADL | February 8, 2023