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Chag Chanukkah Sameach

By Lilly Cohen As dusk fell over Israel on Tuesday night, the routine of everyday life will stop for a minute or two. Because sundown more »

Jewish Refugees from Yemin

The Second Exodus

By Tom Brennan The aliyah of Jews from the Arab countries since 1948, 850,000 and counting. Since the first Zionist pioneers came to what is more »

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Lt.-Col. John Patterson (Part 2)

By Barry Rosenfeld Part 1 “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will more »


Working the Land

By Lilly Cohen I recently looked after a friend’s house in the lovely little town of Poriya in northern Israel. Wedged high up in the more »

Merkava Mark 4m with Trophy active protection system

Israel’s Defense Industry Sought After Genius

By Tom Brennan When you find yourself surrounded by enemies sworn to your death and destruction, betrayed by weak and unworthy allies and vastly outnumbered, more »


Bit of This and That

Bits of This and That

By Esther Korson This blog is a kind of ‘bits of this and that’—things that I’ve wanted to share with you lately—so I’ve simply put them all together! The first ‘bit’ is that Amnesty International recently came out with a blistering report … [Read More...]

Shma Israel

Thinking Like an Israeli

By Tom Brennan How Israel faces the challenges of maintaining a Jewish worldview in a secular geopolitical environment. To say that Israel is under constant pressure and threat from outside and inside its borders is an understatement. … [Read More...]

Palestinian poster glorifying Jerusalem synagogue attack. Caption: "Where are they?" Image: Twitter

Too Terrible to Think

By Tom Brennan The synagogue attack and the death of four rabbis. Where does this stop and why this cannot be tolerated. The pictures were too much to bear. I work on farms and ranches and have done enough emergency vet and bandage work to … [Read More...]

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Jerusalem Diversity

The History of the Temple Mount (Part 2)

By Nicole Sivan Roman, Muslim and Crusader Jerusalem After the destruction of the Second Temple, the Romans renamed Jerusalem Aelia Capitolina and eventually rebuilt the city in 130 A.D. Over the ruins of the Second Temple the Roman … [Read More...]

Kippah or Yarmulke

Why are Jews Concerned about Head Coverings?

By Tom Brennan Almost every photo you see of a scene in Israel features men with a hat of some kind. It is fair to assume that covering the head bears significance for Jews, male and female. How Biblical and how cultural are these traditions? … [Read More...]

Tabernacle of David

The History of the Temple Mount (Part One)

By Nicole Sivan Part 1: The Temple Mount and the Jewish Temple The Temple Mount is an important holy site for both Judaism and Islam and, for this reason, has served as a continuing source of conflict between the two religions. To truly … [Read More...]

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Working the Land

By Lilly Cohen I recently looked after a friend’s house in the lovely little town of Poriya in northern Israel. Wedged high up in the hills overlooking the Sea of Galilee, the view from Poriya is the stuff of postcards: rolling mango and … Read More...

Humble Man

Isaiah (740 – 681 BC) (Part 5)

By Barry Rosenfeld Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 In part 4 we learned how Sennacherib claimed that the Lord God of Israel had sent him to destroy Jerusalem. Hezekiah placed the letter he had received from the Assyrian king on the Temple … Read More...

Isaiah the Prophet

Isaiah (740 – 681 BC) (Part 4)

By Barry Rosenfeld Part1   Part 2   Part 3 Isaiah’s Character The character of Isaiah ben Amoz is of a prophet who towered above his contemporaries, a giant among the biblical prophets, one who challenged the nation of Judah to follow … Read More...

Prophet Isaiah

Isaiah (740 – 681 BC) (Part 3)

By Barry Rosenfeld Part 1      Part 2 Readings from the Haftorah In the synagogue service it is the tradition to read from the book of prophets following the Torah reading (the reading from the Five Books of Moses—the Torah scroll). … Read More...

Suffering Messiah

The “Suffering Messiah” (Part 2)

By Barry Rosenfeld Isaiah 52 and 53 describe a “suffering Messiah” who is beaten and disfigured. This is recorded in Mark 15:15-19—“Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, he handed … Read More...

Prophet Isaiah

Isaiah (740 – 681 BC) (Part 1)

By Barry Rosenfeld “See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. Just as there were many who were appalled at him—his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred … Read More...

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