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In the Name of His Grandfather

Monday, 16 April 2018 | To commemorate his grandfather who was a survivor of the Holocaust, Chief Warrant Officer Moni Gedi decided to tattoo the same number on his arm that the Nazis engraved on his grandfather’s arm, a dehumanizing way to identify camp prisoners. Every year, hundreds of IDF [Israel Defense Forces] soldiers travel

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From Slavery to Freedom: Israel Celebrates Passover

Friday, 30 March 2018 | The series of events has inspired countless movies, books and songs. The story of Israel’s Exodus from Egypt does, after all, have all the elements required for an epic tale. There is the cruel and merciless task master, a people oppressed, and an Almighty God who liberates His people “with

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Israel Signs Agreement to Build State-of-the-Art “City of Health”

Thursday, 29 March 2018 | Israel’s Minister of Finance, Moshe Kahlon and Deputy Minister of Health, Rabbi Yaakov Litzman, signed a ground-breaking $350 million dollar agreement with Professor Yitshak Kreiss, Director General of the Sheba Medical Center–Tel Hashomer, to transform Israel’s largest medical facility into a “City of Health.” “Today is not only a day

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What it Means to Be the Head of the Medical Office of Operation Good Neighbor

Thursday, 22 March 2018 | “Out of my entire army service, this position is the most special one that I’ve had. What I do breaks all the rules of the game, all the stereotypes of an army,” explained Maj. Sergey. Major Sergey has been the head of the medical office of the Good Neighbor Directorate

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Israel Retains Top Spot as World’s 11th Happiest Country

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 | Seven years ago, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly launched a survey to gauge the global happiness levels of its member states. The findings obtained from each of the UN’s member states were noted, processed and released as the first international report on global happiness in 2012. Known officially as

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Stats Show Israel has Highest Fertility Rate in the West

Friday, 16 March 2018 | The average number of children per mother in Israel is the highest in the West, and was found to be 3.11 children in 2016, according to Central Bureau of Statistics data on birth and fertility published Tuesday. In most Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, it was noted,

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Tale of Two Cities

Jerusalem is experiencing one of its biggest expansions ever. Mayor Nir Barkat is focused on making Jerusalem a modern metropolis and one of the most accessible cities in Israel. Barkat hopes that new rail lines, business centers and massive residential construction will not only attract new citizens, but also investment from Israeli companies. During 2018,

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Taking Off Soon!: Israel’s New Ilan and Asaf Ramon International Airport  

Come September 2018, the Promised Land will boast a new airport—the first civilian flight center built in Israel since the country’s rebirth 70 years ago. In the six months before the first planes are set to land and take to the skies—as engineers, designers and contractors put finishing touches on the runways, terminal and amenities—Israeli

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Running Where the Prophets Walked

On marathon day, everything in Jerusalem comes to a halt. Everything except 30,000 runners, that is. Every spring, Jerusalem’s historic streets clear for thousands of runners from Israel and around the world to stream through the city during the Jerusalem Winner’s Marathon. The marathon started back in 2011 when Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, an avid

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Surviving and Thriving, Israeli-style, Israel Celebrates 70 Years

The evening of April 18, 2018 marks the start of Israel’s 70th anniversary and the nation is pulling out all the stops to celebrate. Themed “A Legacy of Innovation,” 70 non-stop hours of partying begin with the biggest fireworks display in the history of the nation. The beaches from Eilat on the Red Sea to

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