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Searching for Israel’s Extremes

August 3, 2006

Gary, who is overseeing the new young adult outreach of Bridges for Peace, and I went for a ride a couple of days ago. We decided that somebody needed to have fun in Israel. Most of my tour groups feature folks with white hair and they generally define fun slightly different than a young adult’s definition. Gary is young—at least by my standards. I, on the other hand, occasionally have “young” ideas. I like adventure. In fact, I am likely to try something just because I’ve never done it before. I guess I never really grew up in some ways.

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Operation “Prayer Shield” For Israel

July 25, 2006

What a difference a few minutes can make. That thought must surely be running through the minds of dozens of parents and teenagers at the HaNativ HaYeshivati high school in Sderot after a Palestinian Kassam rocket slammed through the roof of a classroom on May 21st. The day had started like any other, with students attending morning prayers in an adjacent synagogue and then staying behind to hear their teacher deliver a schmooze—a brief discourse on a Torah-related subject.

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Meet the New Prime Minister

May 8, 2006

Ehud Olmert is the head of the Kadima party, a new party established by Ariel Sharon. In the March 28 election, the Kadima party received 29 seats in the Knesset, catapulting Ehud Olmert to the position of Prime Minister. So, who is Ehud Olmert? Olmert’s father, Mordechai, was a Russian Jew but studied in China and made aliyah (immigrated) from there to the British Mandate in 1933. Mordechai served in the third and fourth Knessets and was deeply involved with economic policies as a revisionist.

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Meet the New Prime Minister

May 8, 2006

Ehud Olmert is the head of the Kadima party, a new party established by Ariel Sharon. In the March 28 election, the Kadima party received 29 seats in the Knesset, catapulting Ehud Olmert to the position of Prime Minister. So, who is Ehud Olmert? Olmert’s father, Mordechai, was a Russian Jew but studied in China and made aliyah (immigrated) from there to the British Mandate in 1933. Mordechai served in the third and fourth Knessets and was deeply involved with economic policies as a revisionist.

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The Dead Sea Is In Deep Trouble

March 1, 2006

The Dead Sea is disappearing, according to experts. The water level has fallen some 25 meters (82 feet) in 120 years, leaving the lowest spot in the world even lower. It is shocking to learn that the Dead Sea is now standing at 417 meters (1,369 feet) below sea level. At present the water is dropping at the alarming rate of a meter (39.37 inches) each year.

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True Tzedakah

March 1, 2006

Any of you who’ve visited Israel (or lived here) know what it’s like to be approached by the insistent, persistent beggars of Jerusalem’s city streets. Day by day, I encounter those who have grown to be familiar faces: the woman who wanders Ben Yehuda crying about her babies who do not have food or diapers; the double amputee who sits in his wheelchair in front of my favorite bagel shop; the gentleman who sleeps by my bus stop, trash-bags full of his belongings heaped awkwardly around him.

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Synagogue worship

February 1, 2006

One of my most enjoyable experiences in Israel was when I attended a Friday night Shabbat (the Sabbath) service in a Jewish friend’s synagogue. Because religious Jews don’t drive on Shabbat, a synagogue is located within walking distance. Before we left the house to walk to her modern-Orthodox synagogue, I was instructed not to carry a purse nor pen and paper, because writing and carrying are considered work. Questions would have to be asked later, not during the service. And, of course, women are not allowed to wear slacks.

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Hula Valley – 500 million birds visit every year

February 1, 2006

“Even the stork in the heavens knows her appointed times; and the turtledove, the swift, and the swallow observe the time of their coming…” Jeremiah 8:7, NKJV. The Hula Valley is an agricultural region in northern Israel that also represents a rare meeting place for African and European flora and fauna. I went there recently with a group of journalists and photographers at the invitation of the Jewish National Fund (JNF), which manages the forests, parks, and nature reserves of Israel.

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Understanding Israel’s Elections during a most precarious time

February 1, 2006

Why should Christians be concerned about the political system and the upcoming elections in Israel? Because, we are at a point in history where God’s promises to His people are coming under attack. Just as we are to be good stewards of the things God puts into our hands and use those gifts toward His will, we also must be good stewards of the Land He has given to His people.

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Unexpected Illumination

November 21, 2005

On the corner of Rachel Imeinu and Yotam (a little-known street in my German Colony neighborhood in Jerusalem) stands a bustling, ultra-Orthodox yeshivah (religious school). The yeshivah is three blocks from my apartment, and I stroll past it nearly every day. As I pass the echoing stone walls and vented windows, I hear the students and their rabbis deeply engaged in activity. In the morning, I hear them praying. At noon I hear them debating Torah (Genesis–Deuteronomy). But best of all, in the evenings, I hear the students singing in chorus, and their haunting refrains permeate the otherwise quiet Jerusalem nights.

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