Thursday, 14 December 2017 | This winter’s first rainfall appeared on schedule—during the week of Sukkot, the second week of October. At that time, Arutz Sheva published an article with this quote from Water Authority spokesman Uri Shore, “If God forbid the coming winter is similar to the previous four, then our water sources are goingContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 | Since yesterday, streets in Israel have been resounding with the joyful phrase, “Chag Hanukkah Sameach!” as loved ones and perfect strangers wish each other a happy feast of Hanukkah. Last night, in homes across the Promised Land and in Jewish communities around the world, family and friends gathered for theContinue Reading »
Friday, 08 December, 2017 | Wednesday morning there were dark gray clouds on the horizon in Jerusalem. Rain had been in the forecast and as I walked to the bus stop, I wondered how much would fall? I had optimistically put my umbrella in my bag but it wasn’t raining yet. However, when I gotContinue Reading »
Friday, 01 December 2017 | Before the Israelites entered the Promised Land, Moses spoke to them about many things. One of them was specifically related to water—they would have to depend upon rainfall for their agricultural needs. “For the land which you go to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which youContinue Reading »
Friday, 24 November 2017 | 365 Fascinating Facts about Israel contains this nugget of information: “It is a remarkable fact that Jerusalem and London share the same average rainfall of 22 inches (55 cm) per year! The difference is that in Jerusalem it all falls within about 50 days in heavy downpours, whereas in LondonContinue Reading »
Wednesday 22 November 2017 | As they emerged from the plane at Ben-Gurion Airport, exhausted yet suffused with excitement, the latest batch of 82 Bnei Menashe immigrants from northeastern India to arrive in Israel marched toward passport control and suddenly burst into song. Invoking the verse in the Book of Jeremiah (31:16), where the CreatorContinue Reading »
Friday, 17 November, 2017 | When planning an outdoor summer activity in Israel, we do not consider whether or not it will rain. With very few exceptions—and those are seen as specific acts of God—rain does not fall between May and September. When the Bible refers to the “former” and “latter” rains, the timing forContinue Reading »
The turquoise blue waters of the Dead Sea shimmer in the sunshine like an exotic jewel set between the Judean Hills of Israel and the Moab Mountains of Jordan. For millennia, this natural wonder has cast its allure over people who have come to seek the healing properties of its mineral-laden waters and nutrient-rich blackContinue Reading »
As I stepped into the room filled with elderly artisans, I sensed a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. For the most part, we had no shared language, but I knew each one was happy to be there. Seated at tables in groups of three or four, some were chatting with a neighbor as they worked, while othersContinue Reading »
“In Israel, to be a realist you must believe in miracles,” David Ben-Gurion said. The nation’s first prime minister was right—Israel is no ordinary country. Yet, even in a land where biblical prophecies are being fulfilled, 2017 was extraordinary. This year, Israel celebrated a group of milestone anniversaries that marked significant beacons in the nation’sContinue Reading »
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