When the Jewish people were scattered through several millennia of exile, one of the lifelines that kept them connected as a people was their yearning for Jerusalem. It was this passionate heart-connection to the Holy City that caused Nehemiah, an exile in Persia, to mourn when he got the news that Jerusalem’s walls were brokenContinue Reading »
History teaches that the conflicts that sway the destiny of nations are often fought over a protracted period of time. The events that shake the fate of peoples do not, after all, unfold overnight. Yet principles are never fully absolute. The best exception to this rule arguably occurred when Israel was forced into yet anotherContinue Reading »
Fifty years ago, barbed wire and land mines divided Jerusalem between Jordanian and Israeli territory. That Jerusalem was starkly divided into “east” and “west” wasn’t the only thing that looked noticeably different under Jordanian control which lasted from 1949 until the 1967 Six Day War that saw Israel take back the entirety of Jerusalem. TheContinue Reading »
Jerusalem, the jewel of the Middle East, is a city that has succeeded in attracting thousands of inspired pilgrims from all over the world for centuries. Each year the city literally swells at its seams as Christians and Jews from around the globe embark on a journey to visit the Holy City. A pilgrimage inContinue Reading »
Jerusalem, where ancient prophecy is today’s reality and miracles happen every day. A thoroughly modern city with the world’s most impressive tech industry, it is still home to centuries old neighborhoods where children play freely in the streets and the voices of the prophets seem to whisper around every corner, calling us to remember. ItContinue Reading »
Unique characters and fascinating tales fill the modern day history of Jerusalem. In the greater Ottoman Empire, Jerusalem was nothing more than a provincial town of little consequence. In actual fact it was only after coming under the British Mandatory administration that Jerusalem once again became a modern cultural center. It took the daring ofContinue Reading »
Friday, 24 February 2017 | Scripture contains many references to aliyah, or the immigration of the Jewish people to the land of Israel. Today we are seeing prophecy fulfilled as Jews from the four corners of the world are returning to the land of their inheritance. Deuteronomy 30:3–4 anticipates this day as we read theseContinue Reading »
Friday, 17 February 2017 | Editor’s note: Rain has continued to fall in Israel since this article was originally published on 12 February. In Jerusalem, 36mm (1.4 in) of rain fell from Sunday through Wednesday. It had rained throughout the night (Sunday) and some areas in the Greater Haifa area suffered from flooding with overContinue Reading »
Friday, 27 January 2017 | Israel marks Hebrew Language Day every year on the birthday of Eliezer Ben Yehuda, the father of modern spoken Hebrew. This year, the Hebrew date fell on January 19. The revival of the Hebrew language is an extraordinary story, unparalleled in history. A language with roots dating back more thanContinue Reading »
Israel is a tiny nation whose citizens all live short distances from her borders with neighboring countries. Of course, some live closer than others and two of those borders—Gaza in the southwest, and Lebanon–Syria in the north—are very hostile. What is it like to live within sight of the Gaza border? This autumn, the BridgesContinue Reading »
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