The nation of Israel was shaken in May 2021 by countless rockets fired from the Gaza Strip and a new kind of aggression: unprecedented riots and lynchings in ethnically mixed Jewish–Arab communities across the country. Whether spurred on by the rhetoric and international media attention surrounding the Israeli Supreme Court ruling on the future ofContinue Reading »
Israel is a diverse land with striking landscapes that captivate and inspire. No tour of Israel is complete without visiting at least one—and perhaps even all—of the famous mountains of Israel. Let’s travel north from the center of the country to discover the unique story that each mountain has to tell. Mount Moriah Better knownContinue Reading »
The coalition formed by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid is notable for its diversity. It can also claim the distinction of having the most female cabinet ministers in the history of the modern State of Israel. These nine women make up one-third of the 27 cabinet positions, with three of themContinue Reading »
A number of common threads run through the chronicles of the wars Israel fought in her infancy years. The first three decades of the newly reborn state’s existence alone saw her forced into three major wars—each fought from a desperate, back-against-the-wall, outmanned and outgunned, slim-chance-of-victory position. All three brought a ganged up, multiple-army enemy boastingContinue Reading »
From 1939 to 1945, over 30 nations of the world contributed their best and brightest to the over 100 million military personnel who would engage in the deadliest conflict in human history. World War ll would claim the lives of over 60 million people, 40 million of them civilians. The Holocaust, Hitler’s genocidal attempt toContinue Reading »
The Temple Mount—where Solomon first built a “house” for worshiping the God of the Bible, where Jesus (Yeshua) walked, where the biblical book of Isaiah says there will be a house of prayer for all nations—is the holiest site in all of Judaism. Yet access to the Temple Mount today is restricted for Jews, andContinue Reading »
Situated next to the Jerusalem Forest on the western side of the city stands a hill—Har (Mount) Herzl, the site of Israel’s national cemetery, where the bodies of fallen soldiers and prime ministers are buried. It is a peaceful oasis within a vibrant and bustling city; a place where one can come and reflect onContinue Reading »
The historic signing of the Abraham Accords between Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain on the White House lawn on September 15, 2020, ushered in a new era of peace between Israel and her Arab neighbors that in the year since has continued to grow and flourish. In the precarious neighborhood of theContinue Reading »
On July 7, 2021, Israel bid farewell to the tenth president of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, affectionately known as “Ruvi.” As the bronze likeness of the former president was officially unveiled at Beit HaNasi, the presidential residence in Jerusalem, across town at the Knesset (Parliament), preparations were already underway to usher in the eleventh president ofContinue Reading »
Crowning the ridge overlooking the Hinnom Valley is a white-sailed windmill called the Montefiore windmill, a seemingly out-of-place landmark near Jerusalem’s center and directly across the valley from the Old City and Mount Zion. At its base lies one of the oldest and loveliest residential neighborhoods in the city: Yemin Moshe. Next door and consideredContinue Reading »
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