When David Barashi heard about the earthquake in Nepal, he filled a suitcase with wigs, face paint and a red clown’s nose, and boarded a plane for Kathmandu. Jaffa resident Barashi, 39, a street theater artist and a medical clown at Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem, and Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, wentContinue Reading »
Devastated communities. Unimaginable injuries and fatalities. A disaster of unspeakable dimension and magnitude. These are the words that Israel’s Magen David Adom paramedics used to describe the situation in earthquake-ravaged Nepal. Almost immediately after the disaster, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) dispatched a 747 jet carrying medical personnel, search and rescue teams, medical equipment and otherContinue Reading »
The restoration of Israel to its God-given homeland has long since been regarded as nothing short of miraculous. Each year, the Jewish nation marks the day with thanksgiving and praises to God. This year, Dr. Shlomo Riskin, Chief Rabbi of the Israeli city of Efrat, launched an initiative inviting Christians to join the people ofContinue Reading »
Silvan Shalom of Israel and Hazim el-Naser of Jordan with Dead Sea Agreement Israel and Jordan have signed a historic water-sharing agreement on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea. The Jerusalem Post reported that, “According to their agreement, Jordan and Israel will share the potable water produced by a future desalination plant in Aqaba,Continue Reading »
When a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake cut a swath of death and destruction through Nepal, Israel was one of the first nations on the scene to assist. As of this writing, the death toll has quickly skyrocketed to more than 2,500 with tens of thousands wounded or left homeless. Many more remain unaccounted for, sparkingContinue Reading »
A wounded Syrian boy hospitalized at the Ziv Medical Center in Safed got to taste matzah (large flat cracker eaten at Passover) for the first time in his life and loved it. The 7-year-old boy, who suffered serious wounds to his legs from a shell hit seven months ago, enjoyed the matzah so much thatContinue Reading »
An annual “state of the nation” survey conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute last week found that a firm majority of both Jews and Arabs are proud to call themselves Israeli. Unsurprisingly, 86 percent of Jewish respondents had no problem identifying with their nationality. But those who often characterize Israel as a racist state mightContinue Reading »
Air Force bases are home to some of the most advanced military equipment and machinery in Israel. Combat jets, airborne ammunition and cutting-edge radar systems make these bases a strategic target for anyone trying to attack Israel. Protecting these bases is a top priority, and surprisingly on the forefront of this crucial task are four-leggedContinue Reading »
Operation Smile in action Every child deserves a future filled with hope. That is one of the core beliefs driving Operation Smile, a leading children’s medical charity that provides free cleft palate and lip surgeries in developing countries. Two Israeli doctors recently joined forces with Operation Smile to heal hundreds of smiles among Vietnamese children,Continue Reading »
The Jewish state’s honorary consuls Haim Zach/mfa.gov.il They are the long arm of Israeli diplomacy, and they aren’t even Israeli citizens. They help foster strong relations and open doors that would otherwise be shut. They are motivated by love for Israel, and, no, they receive no monetary compensation. In fact, they invest much of theirContinue Reading »
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