Thoughts on the Death of Simon Wiesenthal
“When history looks back, I want people to know the Nazis weren’t able to kill millions of people and get away with it…” Simon Wiesenthal, who died in his sleep on September 20, 2005, was often called the “conscience of the Holocaust.” He died in his home in Vienna at the age of 96. During the Holocaust, he lost 89 family members, survived 12 Nazi camps, and weighed less than 100 pounds when he was liberated from Mauthausen in 1945.Continue Reading »
Mllions of people think of Psalm 23 as the gentle comfort of the loving Shepherd embodied in words. It’s true. It is a picture of comfort that has lived down through the ages. I like to look at familiar Scriptures and see if there is anything that I missed on the first reading. Recently, when I read Psalm 23, I began to see some additional insights.Continue Reading »
In October during the High Holy Days, the nation of Israel welcomed in Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year), celebrating it by dipping apple slices in honey and wishing one another shana tovah u’metuka––a year that is good and sweet. The meaning of this simple sounding salutation runs far deeper than the outwardly corresponding “Happy New Year!” that we Gentiles ritually wish to each other at the end of every cycle of the Gregorian calendar.Continue Reading »
“I love you, I love you, I love you. Thank you Becky!” Golda’s eyes sparkled as she kissed my cheeks one after the other. As an immigrant from the former Soviet Union, Golda receives food from the Bridges for Peace food bank. I attempted to start a deeper conversation only to realize that she had already spoken all of the English she knew. Switching to Hebrew, I found that we were able to converse a little better, albeit in a halting fashion. Finally we called over Boris, who translated from Russian. Golda’s story is special. After her brother and his wife were killed in a terror incident in the former Soviet Union, she adopted their four children. All five of them immigrated to Israel.Continue Reading »
Since the day of her inception, the State of Israel has struggled to survive. The birth of Israel on May 14, 1948 was followed immediately by an all out war from five neighboring countries. War has followed war, and miraculously Israel has won every one, often against incredible odds. Israel has been referred to as a miracle nation. Certainly Bible lovers can see the miracle-working hand of God in Israel’s rebirth, the ingathering of the Jewish people, and the restoration of the Land.Continue Reading »
This past summer, Jerusalem inaugurated a new “City Tour” bus line, utilizing a bright red double-decker bus. If you have ever visited London, you have probably enjoyed sightseeing from the top of such a bus; now you can have the same kind of experience in Jerusalem.Continue Reading »
With the push of a few buttons on a cellular phone, Israeli parents will soon be able to detect the real-time location of their children. Two Israeli cell-phone companies announced that they will be providing a service through which customers will be able to track the precise location of their child within seconds.Continue Reading »
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