Friday, 11 October 2019 | The rhythm of life in the Land of Promise is governed by a cycle of annual holidays, days set aside in the 12-month Jewish calendar to celebrate what Leviticus 23:2 calls, “The feasts of the Lord…” Some are solemn, dedicated to repentance and rededication. Others are more exuberant, a joyous celebration ofContinue Reading »
Tuesday, 8 October 2019 | Today is no ordinary day for the people of Israel. The frantic hubbub on city streets as a country goes about its morning routine is somehow more subdued. The nation prepares for the Sabbath of Sabbaths… Offices and schools will send staff and pupils home early today. Shops, markets andContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 2 October 2019 | Israel’s population stood at 9,092,000 people on the eve of the Jewish New Year of 5780, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics annual report. The population count has grown by 2.1% since last year, and is expected to reach 10 million by 2024 and 20 million by 2065. Today’sContinue Reading »
Millennia ago Isaiah prophesied “And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion…” (Isa. 35:10). Today we use a specific term for this return—aliyah. It’s a Hebrew word whose root is from the verb meaning “to go up.” Conversely when Israeli citizens decide to move to another country for a while, theyContinue Reading »
There are basically two seasons in Israel: summer and winter, dry and wet. During the summer season, the weather forecasters don’t really have a very challenging job. Sun, sun and more sun. The only variation is the degree of heat. The dry season typically lasts from April to October. The first rain of the yearContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 18 September 2019 | Researchers at the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) in Haifa have developed an inexpensive, environmentally friendly and safe hydrogen production technology. Another world-beating development from the ‘start-up nation’. Technion researchers have developed an innovative, clean, inexpensive, and safe technology for producing hydrogen. The technology significantly improves the efficiency of hydrogenContinue Reading »
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 becomeContinue Reading »
Riots in Ramallah, the Palestinian Authority (PA) capital, just north of Jerusalem. Palestinians are throwing rocks and explosives. A 21-year-old Israeli captain and his soldiers must calm the violence. The situation could turn deadly in an instant. Someone hands a Molotov cocktail to a six-year-old boy. Despite warnings shouted in Arabic, the boy inches towardContinue Reading »
A 2017 report from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) revealed that nearly one in three of the 2.1 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip lives below the poverty level, and 33.7% of the population lives in a level of deep poverty, which the PCBS defines as being unable to meet “the minimum requiredContinue Reading »
Jewish people often jest that the “why” and “what” of all their festivals can be summarized in three pithy sentences: “They tried to kill us. We survived. Let’s eat.” The tongue-in-cheek statement holds more than a kernel of truth. Nearly every Jewish feast either tells the tale of miraculous salvation from a seemingly insurmountable foeContinue Reading »
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