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How Israel Measures Time

By Tom Brennan It’s New Years! But I thought it was 2014 not 5775. The calendar of the Western world has been changed so many more »

Mahmoud Abbas

What to Expect From Abbas (Part 1)

By Barry Rosenfeld “Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words, for I see violence and strife in the city.” (Psalm 55:9) Mahmoud Abbas, the president more »


The Rosh Hashanah Feast

By Nicole Sivan You can feel Rosh Hashanah in the air this week. The season is beginning to change and the first hint of autumn more »

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I Will Bring Them Home to This Land Part 2

By Elisabeth Hinze Part 1 Some days I’m not too sure about the benefits of me having free will. Usually, those days come right after more »


How Israel Teaches its Children

By Tom Brennan, Israel teaches all its children, and teaches them well. A recent survey disclosed that 4 of the top ranked 100 colleges and more »


Mahane Yehuda Market Busker

To All the Grown-up Children of Abba

By Elisabeth Hinze I’ve never been your outdoorsy, roughing-it kind of girl. See, I’m more of a fan of the modern technology that God’s provided so thoughtfully to help us navigate everyday life. Take air conditioner, for example. Or … [Read More...]


The Threat from the North

By Tom Brennan Today's news is full of the recent attacks on Israel by Hamas and the renewed threats from the south in Gaza. Hopefully, the disclosure by the Palestinian Authority that Hamas took over $ 700 million in funds for its own … [Read More...]


Just as the Mountains Surround Jerusalem

By Elisabeth Hinze I’ve been to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, twice. Neither was a quick trip. For one, the museum is huge. And so it should be. Because it tells a huge story. Or rather, it tells millions of smaller life … [Read More...]

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Israeli Life & Culture

Tel Aviv at Night

Tel Aviv: Israel’s First Modern City

By Tom Brennan This is a tale of two Israeli cities, one is very old and the other comparatively new. Both teach us important things about Israel's history and what has given The Land its resilience and stability. Joppa (Jaffa) is an ancient … [Read More...]

Mahane Yehuda - Jerusalem Market - Photo by Ian Norton

Negotiating Israel

By Nicole Sivan Everything in Israel is a negotiation. Never accept the first offer. This is the number one rule of bargaining. Shying away from the negotiation process in a shuk (open air market) and accepting the first price stated would … [Read More...]

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I Will Bring Them Home to This Land Part 2

By Elisabeth Hinze Part 1 Some days I’m not too sure about the benefits of me having free will. Usually, those days come right after I’ve used said free will to make the wrong choice. And I’m left in the aftermath of that choice, pensively … Read More...

View of Judean Hills

I Will Bring Them Home to This Land

By Elisabeth Hinze After travelling the land of Israel in 1867, Mark Twain described it as a bleak wasteland. “A desolate country, a silent mournful expanse. We never saw a human being on the whole route, hardly a tree or shrub anywhere.” … Read More...


Happy New Year

By Esther Korson Wow.  It’s hard to believe that this is the last morning of the year 5774.  Tonight at sunset we will celebrate the Jewish New Year of 5775. For days already, throughout the streets of Jerusalem and all of Israel, … Read More...


Blood Moon Part 2

By Barry Rosenfeld Read Part 1 On October 8th the world will experience the second of a series of four Blood Moons that Pastor John Hagee of Cornerstone Baptist Church in San Antonia Texas in his book, “Four Blood Moons: Something is About … Read More...

Blood Red Moon over Jerusalem

Blood Moon (Part 1)

By Barry Rosenfeld The “Blood Moon,” also known as the Hunter Moon since it is bright enough to hunt by, is a phenomenon that occurs during a total eclipse of the moon when the moon is lit by sunlight reaching it through the earth’s … Read More...

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