When people think of visiting Israel, few consider going to Hebron. The city is depicted as contentious, dangerous and unpleasant. It is associated with “Occupation,” poverty and apartheid. Who would want to go there? Even most Israelis don’t consider Hebron a place they would want to visit, much less live. This reality ironic, considering the … More The Hebrews of Hebron
There are many misconceptions about the Temple Mount, the Kotel and the Al Aqsa mosque. Confusion and even much conflict can be dispelled when the facts are made clear! Here are 8 things you need to know about the holiest site on earth for the Jewish people: 1. What is the holiest site on earth … More 8 things you need to know about the Kotel and the Temple Mount
“In the beginning, when God created the heaven and the earth… “ Every good story starts, in the beginning. The Torah starts, in the beginning: “Beresheet bara Elohim et hashamayim ve’et ha’aretz.” It tells us of the earth and the stars. The first book of the Torah is called Beresheet (Genesis) and so is the … More Beresheet: The Nation of Israel reaches for the stars
There are some people who don’t hear when others speak the word, “impossible.” Instead, they hear, “it’s possible” or “I am possible.” Their minds begin to race in search for solutions and when there is no logical reason to succeed, faith moves them forward. Who could look at the barren hills of Eretz Yisrael and … More HaShomer HaChadash: This is a love story between a land and her people, a people and their land
In Israel, one can move between worlds. It is a bizarre and enlightening experience. This New Year I moved between two different worlds, neither of them my “real life.” The first is the online world of Facebook, Twitter, emails, and WhatsApp. As a writer and Content and Marketing Specialist I spend much of my time … More Rosh Hashanah, in two different worlds
There is something different about the Jewish experience that deeply impacts who we are as individuals and as a Nation but it is very hard to explain to people who do not share the same feeling. Some things need to be felt to be truly understood. This is my attempt to explain… The day after … More How can I explain the inner workings of my Jewish soul?
There was an old man who used to sweep the area next to the Kotel, the Western Wall. When asked why he, such an old man, was working, doing menial labor he explained that in Auschwitz a Nazi pointed to the smoke billowing up from the crematorium and told him: “You see that smoke? That’s … More We won’t play that game anymore
Receiving the Torah is one of the most important things that happened in the history of the world, not just for the Nation of Israel but for all Nations who accepted the 10 Commandments as the definitive guideline for a moral and decent society – and a stark contrast to other societies who did not … More Why are so many Jews ignoring the holiday of Shavuot?
Standing on the top of the hill, I looked out at the beautiful land stretched before me. Suddenly I felt my body vibrating. Looking up, I saw the guardians of Israel thundering across the sky. IAF fighter jets. It was Holocaust Memorial Day and they were practicing for the Independence Day aerial show. How suitable. … More To be a free Nation, in our land, the Land of Zion and Jerusalem
On April 1st, Rabbi Avichai Rontzki passed away. Rontzki was 66 years old. He is survived by his wife, six children and his grandchildren. It was in 2016, when he went for medical preparations to altruistically donate a kidney that he discovered that he had colorectal cancer. Rabbi Avichai Rontzki served in the position of … More Last request from Rabbi Avichai Rontzki