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Winter Is Back—a Rainy Week in Israel

Friday, 17 February 2017 | Editor’s note: Rain has continued to fall in Israel since this article was originally published on 12 February. In Jerusalem, 36mm (1.4 in) of rain fell from Sunday through Wednesday. It had rained throughout the night (Sunday) and some areas in the Greater Haifa area suffered from flooding with over

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Hebrew Language Day

Friday, 27 January 2017 | Israel marks Hebrew Language Day every year on the birthday of Eliezer Ben Yehuda, the father of modern spoken Hebrew. This year, the Hebrew date fell on January 19. The revival of the Hebrew language is an extraordinary story, unparalleled in history. A language with roots dating back more than

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Living Next to Gaza

Israel is a tiny nation whose citizens all live short distances from her borders with neighboring countries. Of course, some live closer than others and two of those borders—Gaza in the southwest, and Lebanon–Syria in the north—are very hostile. What is it like to live within sight of the Gaza border? This autumn, the Bridges

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Renewal of Nature

“For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its tender shoots will not cease.” Job 14:7 Traveling through the lush, forested areas of the Jerusalem hills, it is difficult to imagine the dry, barren landscape that the pioneers of the State of Israel found

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Tastes of the Promised Land

I never expected to fall in love with Israeli food. The Promised Land, I presumed, was famous for echoes of events of times gone by, the footprints of biblical characters and locations made famous by Scripture. Tasty treats and mouthwatering meals, I reasoned, did not fit into such a mental picture. Of course, I hardly

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Understanding Israel’s Message on ISIS-Inspired Terror in Jerusalem

News headlines across Israel and the world reported that ISIS may have inspired the Palestinian terrorist who committed the deadly January 8, 2017, truck ramming attack in Jerusalem that killed four Israelis and injured 16. Speculation over possible ISIS involvement was triggered by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s comment at the scene, “All signs point to

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Israeli Paramedics Save Life of Palestinian Youth

Friday, 13 January 2017 | The Israeli military is regularly attacked by Palestinian terrorists who despise their presence, and yet when a Palestinian youth was electrocuted and unconscious, his parents rushed to take him to… an IDF base. A paramedic at the IDF crossing started to treat the young person until the Israeli Magen David

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Land Still Desperate for Rain

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 mm

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Farmers Desperate for Rain

December 2, 2016

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 for

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Meet Israel’s Oldest Journalist: the Walter Bingham Story

Walter Bingham’s Jerusalem flat is filled with the physical memories of an extraordinary life. The souvenirs offer glimpses of the events, people and places that have formed his 92 years: faded photographs of long-lost family and friends, brittle telegrams signed by generals whose names resound in modern history, yellowed newspaper clippings proclaiming landmark events of

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