Compassion

I want to bless the widows and orphans who are in need, fulfilling the Lord’s call to look after the poor and afflicted.

Dispatch from Jerusalem

Tunnel Vision

A tunnel door creaks open in the dead of night in the middle of a forest in northern Israel. Six Hezbollah terrorists clothed in camouflage gear and armed with guns and knives emerge. Nothing but open land separates them from Israeli towns where they can kill and kidnap civilians. Simultaneously, four other tunnels open, one

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Passover—Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

The onset of April means spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn south of the equator. Both are marked by changes in temperature, foliage and even activities, as the north warms up and the south cools down. There are, however, some things that remain constant no matter where you are on the globe, and one

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Punishable by Death

Article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares that everyone deserves the right to own property. Ownership entails the right of possession, the right of use and the right to transfer the ownership to someone else by selling, gifting or bequeathing. This right has become self-evident in democratic nations where private property ownership

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Israel’s Shield in the Sky

The sun was shining brightly on Mount Hermon. Hundreds of Israelis, Palestinians and tourists—making the most of the recent heavy snowfalls—were enjoying a day in northern Israel at the Promised Land’s only ski resort, a short distance away from the Syrian border. It was the perfect day for a Zealous Israel Project (Bridges for Peace’s

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Searching the Danube

It’s an icy day deep in the winter of 1944 as a crowd of Jewish Hungarians are shoved—shivering and frightened—to the edge of the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary. There are women and children. Some are tied together in groups of three. All have been forced to strip naked and step out of their shoes

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After Abbas

Last May, the Palestinian Authority (PA) president was rushed to the hospital for the second time in 24 hours. Suffering from pneumonia and on the brink of what Ynetnews called a “complete systems failure,” 83-year-old Mahmoud Abbas’s doctors feared for his life. Their concerns went beyond his well-being. Had Abbas died, millions of Palestinians would

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Yad Vashem: Into the Light

March 21, 2019

Seldom does a building of concrete and glass so poignantly mirror what goes on inside its walls. Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, is more than a museum. It is an architectural gem where structure and setting serve as an evocative backdrop to the Holocaust story. Carved into the Landscape The museum, designed by

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Amanda’s Matzah Toffee Crunch

For the seven days of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Jewish people forgo all chametz (leaven)—just like their ancestors did when God delivered the Children of Israel from slave master Pharaoh. With bread, cake, pastry, pasta and even rice off limits for a week, matzah becomes a daily staple. Over generations the Jewish

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Fighting Death with Life

Since the rebirth of the state, the threat of terror has loomed like a menacing cloud over everyday life in Israel. Sometimes the attacks occur sporadically, allowing Israel time to breathe between tragedies. Sometimes they come in waves, with Palestinian suicide bombers, gunmen and knife-wielding murderers turning city streets into bloody battlefields. The statistics of

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Scientists in Tel Aviv Slowing Kidney Deterioration

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), or chronic kidney failure, affects an estimated 200 million people worldwide. Illnesses such as diabetes or high blood pressure can lead to the gradual loss of kidney function, which requires dialysis or kidney replacement when patients advance to End-stage Renal Disease (ESRD). According to the American Kidney Fund, an estimated 31

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