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Behold How Good and Pleasant It Is

…When Jews and Christians Stand in Unity As the old adage says, nothing remains constant but change itself, and a few years ago, the world’s prognosticators began to fill cyberspace with predictions that 2017 and 2018 would prove it. Politically, economically and socially, the world would change dramatically, they projected, and the past two years

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The Taylor Force Act Combats “Pay-for-Slay”

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has been literally getting away with murder. And until now, Western nations have unknowingly been aiding and abetting that dangerous situation. “Pay-for-Slay” Fund The PA and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, have long been perceived by Western audiences as partners in peace with Israel. But actions speak louder than words and legitimate

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Hate Speech

“If ever a piece of writing could produce mass hatred, it is this one… This book is about lies and slander.” — Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in reference to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion Anti-Semitism is the oldest hatred in history. Secular historians refer to the first blatant anti-Jewish sentiment being

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BDS: Anti-Israel or Anti-Palestinian?

Freedom, justice and equality: That is the banner under which the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement rallies its troops to launch assaults against Israel. The battle strategy is nothing if not brilliant. Proponents of the project pride themselves on working to end Israel’s alleged cruel oppression of the Palestinians. And those who march on the

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Now It’s Your Turn to Protect and Defend

You were born 19 years ago, during the first months that we lived in Hoshaya [community in northern Israel]. For us, you symbolize our decision to make this community our permanent home. And now you too, Ari Benartzi, our third child, are enlisting in the IDF [Israel Defense Forces]. You will join the ranks of

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Princess Alice: A Legacy of Courage

Prince William’s first official visit to Israel in July this year was marked by a special stopover at the Church of Mary Magdalene on the slopes of the Mount of Olives. He was there to visit the gravesite of his great-grandmother, Princess Alice. A Life of Hardship  Born into the British royal family in 1885,

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Neighbor to Neighbor

Golan Residents Pull Together to Help Syrian Refugees The Syrian Civil War may be drawing to a close, but for years now fierce fighting and chemical weapons have left a scar on the Middle East, driving hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees to the Israeli and Jordanian borders. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have been

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Ayala’s Wholesome Hamin

Hamin is a Jewish staple in many homes on Shabbat (Sabbath)—a hot, filling dish that cooks overnight and into the morning so families have a warm meal ready to eat after Saturday morning prayers. Cholent is the Ashkenazi version of Hamin and involves mixing all the ingredients together into a stew. The Sephardic Hamin is

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A War of Words

Repeat a lie often enough and it will eventually become truth. That is the propaganda law from which the Nazis reportedly wove an elaborate plot to justify the murder of six million Jews. Their approach was anything but original. Libels, slurs and slanders sold as fact are ancient weapons in the arsenal of those who

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Did You Know? Surprising Facts about Israel and the Middle East

Global news headlines cover the Middle East—and Israel in particular—on what feels like a daily basis. With the abundance of information in near constant circulation, many people have reason to view themselves as experts on the Jewish state. However, there are facts about Israel, the Palestinians and the Middle East that are unknown to most.

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