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A brief history of the term “Palestine”

by Tom Brennan There has never been a nation called “Palestine”. While uninformed academics and mainstream media insist that Palestine has a right not only more »

The Lion of Babylon

The Babylonians are Coming

By Tom Brennan Nebuchadnezzar at the first exile that changed Israel. “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. A group of Pharisees had just accused more »

Ben Yehuda st Jerusalem

Good Gas, Bad Gas and Iran

By Esther Korson Here are some bits and bobs that I’d like to share with you today! There have been five incidents of gas-related leaks more »

Lt.-Col. John Patterson

Lt.-Col. John Patterson (Part 3)

By Barry Rosenfeld Part 1 Part 2 The Zion Mule Corps saw action in the Gallipolis Campaign in April of that year. Together with 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 »

Biblically Speaking


This is from the Lord

By Lilly Cohen I’ve had a good year. Exceptionally so. In fact, looking back in a few years’ time, I’ll remember the twelve months that thronged together to form 2014 as special, worthwhile, exceptional. Oh make no mistake about it. Bad … [Read More...]

Hanukkah Gelt

Guiltless Gelt

By Tom Brennan “Hanukkah gelt” today means chocolate coins to many Christians. However, like all Jewish traditions there are many lessons from this holiday tradition. We can be sure the weary but jubilant Maccabeean soldiers did not chow … [Read More...]

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Israeli Life & Culture


What are You Getting for Hanukkah?

By Tom Brennan Gifts to give to Christian friends who support Israel. Hanukkah has been included in Hebrew celebrations since the time of the Maccabees. Only in the past century or so has it acquired the traditions of gift giving and a … [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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