American journalist, Tom Brokaw, argues that the World War II generation, more commonly called “The Greatest Generation,” is to be credited with much of the freedom and prosperity that America enjoys today. They were a generation born and raised in tumultuous times marked by economic depression and war. Yet, they developed values of “personal responsibility,Continue Reading »
Friday, 09 December 2016 | In last week’s update we included an article about the drought in Israel that is affecting farmers throughout the land. At the time of its writing, no rain had fallen in Israel since April. Since its publication, the mountainous areas of Galilee and the Golan Heights did receive 20-30 mmContinue Reading »
Friday, 02 December 2016 | Israel is once again bearing the harsh brunt of its hot climate as it faces a drought intensified by the easterly winds making this summer the longest in the country’s history. Since last April—almost eight months—not one drop of rain has fallen in northern Israel, an area crying out forContinue Reading »
The Spice and Incense Route—those words conjure images of long camel caravans ferrying trade goods across the Negev desert to Jerusalem and points beyond. On this exotic desert road connecting the Orient with the Roman Empire, the precious commodities of frankincense and myrrh were transported over vast distances to satisfy the insatiable Roman appetite forContinue Reading »
Friday, 23 September, 2016 | The Sea of Galilee’s Kinneret Authority recently announced that the waterline currently stands at -213.375 meters [-700 ft] below sea level, which is 37.5 meters [123 ft] below the lake’s Red Line. The waterline for the lake needs to be four meters and 57 centimeters [14 ft 10 in] higherContinue Reading »
The Holy Land of today is rich with vegetation of every description. Ancient Israel would have looked even more lush. The cedars of Lebanon were famous throughout the known world; Bashan had towering pines and oaks; and the Jordan Valley was treed with date palms. Olives, figs, pomegranates and grapes made the land fruitful. FromContinue Reading »
We are traveling 20 miles south of Jerusalem to the city of Hebron along Route 60, a modern freeway that follows the ancient Path of the Patriarchs. The beautiful terraced hills of Judea are covered with abundant vineyards and olive groves—a reminder of the legendary grape cluster carried back to Joshua on the shoulders ofContinue Reading »
In the fall of 2015, Bridges for Peace was privileged to host over 100 people for our annual solidarity mission. As we traveled the country and met with Jewish people from all walks of life, we were encouraged to see how the presence of Christians in the Land during a time of rising violence broughtContinue Reading »
Recently, our Bridges for Peace family of volunteers spent two fun-filled days exploring a bit of southern Israel. “The Salad Trail,” one of the sites on our itinerary immediately grabbed my attention. I love to hike but adding the word “salad” to the mix left me pondering just what type of trail this might be?Continue Reading »
Fava seeds found at site A joint study by researchers of the Weizmann Institute and the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) examined fava seeds (broad beans) found in archaeological excavations in recent years at Neolithic sites in the Galilee in northern Israel. Seeds found at the prehistoric sites show that the inhabitants’ diet at the timeContinue Reading »
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