Jewish people often jest that the “why” and “what” of all their festivals can be summarized in three pithy sentences: “They tried to kill us. We survived. Let’s eat.” The tongue-in-cheek statement holds more than a kernel of truth. Nearly every Jewish feast either tells the tale of miraculous salvation from a seemingly insurmountable foeContinue Reading »
“That is where the tribes go up—the tribes of the LORD—to praise the name of the LORD according to the statute given to Israel.” (Psalm 122:4 NIV) It was described as the beating heart of Jerusalem—a place of bustling commerce, braying donkeys, chattering children playing hide-and-seek among the robe-clad legs of pilgrims; a politician bellowingContinue Reading »
On a hot July afternoon, Bridges for Peace was present at the airport to welcome new Jewish immigrants from Russia, Argentina, Brazil, France and Venezuela. The tarmac was teeming with hundreds of people who were there to welcome the arrivals with music, flags, ice cream and joy. Religious leaders, political leaders, the heads of theContinue Reading »
Challah…Although today the word conjures up images of a mouthwatering braided loaf enjoyed during Shabbat (Sabbath) and special occasions, the bread has a much richer biblical history. The word challah first appears in the Tanakh (OT) in Numbers 15:18–21, where God commands the Israelites to set aside the first portion of their dough as anContinue Reading »
Over the past few months, Iranian provocation in the Middle East topped headlines worldwide. Tensions have been high since the US withdrew from the 2015 nuclear accord a year ago—and then instituted harsher sanctions in a bid to force Tehran to abandon its nuclear ambitions and toe the line. As the economic vice grip tightened,Continue Reading »
First World sufferers can rest assured knowing one of their biggest problems is well on its way to being solved: lost socks. With new Bluetooth-enabled beacons the size of a postage stamp (for anyone under 20, that’s about the size of the top half of your thumb), frustrated launders can now track their missing socksContinue Reading »
The seed for the idea was sown 20 years ago when teenage brothers Eldar and Aviad Shnaiderman helped their father with his air conditioner and maintenance business. “We saw what was happening on the inside of the units, and we thought, wow, it’s so dirty,” Aviad told Israel21c. “This is what we’re breathing?” Their experienceContinue Reading »
An estimated 51.1 million children globally suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a brain condition marked by impaired concentration, hyperactivity and impulsivity with no regards to consequences. While there is at present no cure for ADHD, treatment options like medication, psychotherapy, counseling and lifestyle changes can help reduce the symptoms and improve day-to-day functionality—withContinue Reading »
Historian Paul Johnson has said, “What strikes the historian surveying anti-Semitism worldwide over more than two millennia is its fundamental irrationality. It seems to make no sense, any more than malaria or meningitis make sense.” It goes by many names: bigotry, discrimination, prejudice, intolerance. Most often, it falls in that broad category of “racism,” whichContinue Reading »
In August 2012 the United Nations (UN) published a report painting a picture of the dismal future awaiting the people of Gaza. Come 2020, the document said, the coastal enclave would be unlivable. In the seven years since the UN tabled its report, the situation deteriorated almost beyond predictions. Some 2.1 million people live inContinue Reading »
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