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Jerusalem, My Home

I am one of Jerusalem’s approximately 800,000 inhabitants, which include Jews, Arabs, Christians and internationals from around the world. My husband and I live in an apartment in the center of Jerusalem, adjacent to Bridges for Peace headquarters. We are right in the center of the action in both a positive and negative way. Frequently,

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Jerusalem’s History Mystery

Godot13/Andrew Shiva/wikipedia.org Originally settled as long as six thousand years ago, Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. Does its history matter? It matters to Israel. Because of that history, Prime Minister Netanyahu calls Jerusalem, “our eternal capital.” Is he right? Jerusalem’s history matters to Israel’s enemies. According to Mahmoud Abbas, President

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Jerusalem—the Heart of a Nation

“You (Jerusalem) shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God” (Isa. 62:3 NASB). Jerusalem—it’s a name that has aroused wonder in the hearts of countless people for millennia. In AD 70, the heart and soul of the nation of Israel was

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Jerusalem—Israel’s Eternal, Undivided Capital

Many cities around the world are dearly loved by those who live in them. Poetry has been written, songs composed, and movies produced about cities, large and small, by those whose identity is intertwined with the places they call home. But few, if any, engender the kind of passion as does Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Covenant,

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Israel and the Fight against Ebola

jaddingt/Shutterstock.com Ebola—the word alone is enough to strike fear in hearts. Journalists cover in detail every person in the West who has contracted the deadly virus, which kills 50% of all who are infected. The World Health Organization (WHO), leaders of nations, and the UN are all holding emergency meetings to forge a plan to

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Text in Context: Studying Bible Translation in Israel

Twenty years ago Dr. Halvor Ronning and his wife Mirja co-founded the “Home for Bible Translators and Scholars in Jerusalem” (HBT). It was birthed in 1994 when they were both teaching at the Institute of Holy Land Studies (Jerusalem). Mirja reached out to two struggling Ugandans, recognizing the importance for them to have a “home”

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Anti-Semitism—an Attitude of Hatred

A recent article in a well-known internet news magazine challenged the idea that anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide, giving a clear glimpse into growing attempts to discredit the Jewish people. Quoting statistics from a variety of sources, the article erroneously claimed that anti-Semitic incidents are actually decreasing globally. In fact, the article asserted, the

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Time to Tweet: A Call to Arms

Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, defending against Hamas in Gaza, will be a short war compared with the worldwide anti-Israel propaganda war that has already begun. While all who stand with Israel see an anti-Israel bias in mainstream media, many are unaware that the frontline of this world war is social media. Twitter is the place

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Tunnels—Terror below the Surface

Highly-engineered terror tunnel IDFblog.com Webster’s Dictionary defines a tunnel as “a covered passageway through or under an obstruction, or a subterranean gallery such as in a mine.” When people today hear the term, they often think of a train passing through a mountain, or a subway carrying people beneath the streets of a city. Until

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Introducing Israel’s 10th President—Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin

(l) Israel’s presidency passed from Shimon Peres to Reuven Rivlin in July. For the next seven years President Rivlin will greet (and host) foreign dignitaries, sign every new law, appoint ambassadors, and more. Although the role of President is more ceremonial while the Prime Minister holds the executive reins, it nevertheless is the face of

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