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A Ray of Hope

Dispatch from Jerusalem

Oh Little Town of Bethlehem

Every Christmas thousands of Christians flock to Bethlehem to celebrate the holiday close to where Jesus (Yeshua) was born. They marvel at the 40-foot Christmas tree, bow their heads at the Church of Nativity and sing Christmas carols in the frosty night air. Once Christmas is over, Bethlehem returns to normal. The tree comes down.

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Surprising Customs, Cultures and Traditions

Israel is like no other place on earth. The history of the Jewish people stretches back thousands of years, yet the modern nation is only 71 years old. Almost 30% of Israelis are olim (immigrants), coming from all across the world and bringing some of their own culture with them. Israel is thus a wonderful

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Like the Garden of Eden

“So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the Garden of Eden…’” Ezekiel 36:35 It was just a 25-minute drive from Jerusalem, but I felt like I had entered another world. A small group of friends had embarked on a day trip to the biblical heartland of Judea. When we arrived

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Moroccan Beef Chili

The history of the Jewish people in Morocco spans over 2,000 years, with 275,000 Jews calling the country home before the State of Israel’s rebirth in 1948. Although today less than 3,000 Jews remain in Morocco, the exotic flavors of this North African country are embedded in Israeli dishes throughout the Land. This winter, warm

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Choosing Life in Israel

“For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land.” Ezekiel 36:24 Some two-and-a-half millennia after God made this pledge, we are seeing the prophecy come to pass in front of our eyes as Jewish people from America to Australia and South Africa to

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Prenatal Peace of Mind

The time it takes to grow a little life inside a woman’s belly can often cause stress that makes parents’ hearts skip a beat. That’s why an Israeli biomedical engineer—and father who underwent the stress of going back and forth to doctor appointments with his pregnant wife to monitor their unborn child’s health—cofounded HeraMED, a

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Colorful Mosaics Revealed at Hippos

A well-preserved mosaic laden with decorations, including dedication inscriptions and descriptions of baskets with loaves and fish, was exposed in an excavation at the “Burnt Church” in Hippos overlooking the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Hippos was the central city in the region around the eastern Sea of Galilee and the southern Golan during Roman and

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Iran Lied: Could Millions Die?

In a much-hailed agreement in 2015, the major world powers surrendered their best leverage—stiff economic sanctions on Iran—in exchange for concessions from Tehran that supposedly would prevent the Islamic Republic from developing nuclear weapons. Just four years later, Iran managed to undo two of the most important concessions in that agreement while threatening to undo

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Educate for Life—or Death?

Since the early 19th century, summer camp has been a part of life for virtually every Jewish child worldwide. It began as an effort to provide a place for children living in poverty to spend some restful time enjoying the great outdoors, away from crowded apartments and teeming, sweltering cities. Today, summer camp has become

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Jesus Who?

We live in an era of fake news, conspiracy theories and half-truths. Detractors of the State of Israel are experts in tactics of disseminating disinformation in their ongoing campaign of misrepresenting the history of the Land of Israel as a means to taint various facets of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Repeating the same lies over and

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