“I didn’t know that I would never see my Dad again,” she spoke softly, her brown eyes looking into the distance. Leah,* a little eight-year-old girl, described to her camp counselor just how confusing it was for her the day she heard that her father died in a terror attack. Leah describes the day thatContinue Reading »
The words are familiar to every Christian who knows the Lord’s Prayer. They are also commonly found in Jewish prayer. The Hebrew words, “Avinu [our father] sh’bashamaim [that is in heaven],” form the opening line of a new song by Israeli singer, Gad Elbaz. My heart was moved as I watched the music video andContinue Reading »
Palestinian Muslims have erupted in a spree of rage-filled violence in Israel. Brutal stabbings, riots in the streets, vehicular homicide and shooting sprees have been daily fare. One father and mother were shot to death in front of their four young children. Wives have become widows, and children, orphans. Many remain in hospital, some in criticalContinue Reading »
Rockets flew into Israeli communities fast and furious for 50 days during Operation Protective Edge. During this time Hamas fired 4,382 rockets at civilian targets. Children were traumatized. Summer vacation, which is supposed to be carefree, became restrictive, as Israeli parents kept their children inside, close to a bomb shelter. In the towns close toContinue Reading »
There is war in Israel. Rockets are landing in Israeli communities near Gaza, but also in major centers like Haifa, Jerusalem, Beer Sheva and Tel Aviv. For some time in my travels I have heard talk of wars and rumors of wars. Political pundits, military analysts, as well as students of biblical prophecy all wereContinue Reading »
Dear Friends: The past two weeks have been deeply traumatic for the people of Israel. Long lines were seen at gas mask distribution points; everyone was talking about the ever-increasing possibility of attack from Syria, Syrian rebels, and Iran. Russian, American, and UK war ships and submarines filled the waters on Israel’s coastline. Hizbullah calledContinue Reading »
“I was in kindergarten, and the time came to go home, but no one came for me. Finally, my teacher took me home with her. Later, my uncle came for me. Instead of taking me home, he took me to the hospital where all my family was gathered around my mother. I asked if weContinue Reading »
What can you do in 15 seconds? I can read a paragraph, eat two-and-a-half bites of apple, drink a small glass of water, or walk down two flights of stairs. Fifteen seconds is also the amount of time residents of Sderot have to run to a bomb shelter after the Tzevah Adom alarm (Color RedContinue Reading »
The eerie, undulating blare of the air raid siren, joining 1,500 sirens nationwide, reminded us all of the eminent threat of war. Thankfully, it was only a drill, part of a week-long, nationwide, civilian-preparedness exercise. At the Bridges for Peace Headquarters, everyone left their places of work and quickly went to the basement, which hasContinue Reading »
I was praying and asking the Lord for direction for the coming year, when the words “stay the course” resounded in my heart and mind. Being a child of the Internet generation, I immediately went to my computer to find out more about this phrase and discovered that it is a phrase used in theContinue Reading »
Israel is currently passing through deep waters and is being literally attacked with fire, as rockets rain down on her relentlessly day after day from Hizbullah forces in Lebanon. Since 1948, Israel has fought eight wars against hostile neighbors who want nothing less than her total annihilation. Now, Israel is forced to fight another warContinue Reading »
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