On July 7, 2021, Israel bid farewell to the tenth president of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, affectionately known as “Ruvi.” As the bronze likeness of the former president was officially unveiled at Beit HaNasi, the presidential residence in Jerusalem, across town at the Knesset (Parliament), preparations were already underway to usher in the eleventh president ofContinue Reading »
As our world continues to get “smaller”—ostensibly bringing people closer together—it seems more and more nations are finding it necessary to build barriers to keep them apart. Currently, 77 countries have security fences and/or border walls, many of them nothing more than giant concrete barriers. Israel, though comparatively new to the fence-building community, has establishedContinue Reading »
Israel has gone through the wringer in the past year and a half, dealing with crisis after crisis within a very short period. The nation faced the devastating effects of a pandemic alongside the rest of the world, and at the same time, fought a war with terrorists in Gaza; went through a fourth nationalContinue Reading »
Jeweled rice, a Persian dish traditionally served at weddings, is named for its rich colors. This dish combines a variety of seasonings and ingredients for a tangy, nutty fusion of flavors. Over 200,000 Persian Jews call Israel home, bringing this unique dish with them to the Holy Land and even customizing it to the JewishContinue Reading »
Today we are witnessing a war of words with social media as one of the main battlefields. Attempts are increasing almost daily to delegitimize the State of Israel—merely an updated term for anti-Semitism or hatred of the Jewish people. Adolf Hitler coined the term the “Big Lie” when he wrote Mein Kampf nearly 100 yearsContinue Reading »
World’s First Cultured Meat-production Plant Opens in Israel The world’s first industrial cultured meat facility has opened in the city of Rehovot, home to the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Agriculture, Israeli slaughter-free meat production start-up Future Meat Technologies announced. With the capability to produce 500 kilograms (1,102Continue Reading »
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation and the Israel Antiquities Authority [IAA] are opening to the public impressive new sections of one of the most magnificent public buildings uncovered from the Second Temple period. The discovery—the fruit of archaeological excavations in the Western Wall Tunnels—will be part of the new route opened to visitors. Part ofContinue Reading »
Recent headlines have many speculating that the Middle East teeters on the brink of war as Israel and Iran prepare to face each other on the battlefield. The evidence seems to point in that direction. A mysterious explosion tearing through Iran’s Natanz nuclear plant—the second such disaster in a year striking at the heart ofContinue Reading »
This is the story of a woman viciously murdered simply because she was Jewish. It is a story her family wants told as they seek justice, battling systemic anti-Semitism at every turn. It is a story that is difficult to read, but one with a critical message. Even for those of us who are committedContinue Reading »
One of the most delightful pillars of Israeli society is the concept of the shuk (marketplace). These vibrant outdoor markets thrive under Israel’s sunny skies, offering everything from the freshest local goods to handmade souvenirs and eateries that delight foodies from all over the world. Vendors call on passersby to sample their goods and haggleContinue Reading »
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