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Emergency Exodus: fleeing persecution in Ukraine

by Tom Brennan Europe has never been the best place for the Jewish people. Roman arenas, ethnic cleansing, Crusades, Inquisitions, pogroms and fascism have always more »

Diplomatic Tsunami Hits Israel

Israels Approaching Diplomatic Tsunami

By Esther Korson Wednesday was a very busy day! Here in Israel, the events of the day are being called a ‘diplomatic tsunami’. First of 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 »

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. 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 »



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...]

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

By Lilly Cohen I feel slightly protective about Israel and its people. Ridiculous, I know. But then, feelings have never listened to logical reasoning. So I continue to feel protective. See, I want them, for once, to have the thing they … [Read More...]

Prayer Warriors Needed

A Call to Battle

From the JGS Team “Wasn’t it December 2013 just five minutes ago?” a friend asked the other day. I thought about it for a second or two. And then nodded. Because yes, in some ways, December 2013 feels like all of five minutes ago. See, it’s … [Read More...]

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Israeli Life & Culture


Hooked on Hebrew (Part 3)

By Lilly Cohen Part 1 Part 2 To the majority of us Germanic or Romance language speaking folk, Hebrew falls slap bang in the middle of the category we call “difficult languages”. Probably because it’s so different to everything we’ve … [Read More...]

Sufganiyot the Israeli Hanukkah Donut

Sufganyiot, Israeli Donuts for Hanukkah!

By Nicole Sivan Hanukkah is a beautiful time of the year in Israel and not because of the presents, there are none, and not because of festive holiday lights strung on homes, fun decorated balsam trees, or elaborately displayed store … [Read More...]

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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...


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...

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