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Beneath the Helmet

Beneath the Helmet

This sixty-five minute documentary, Beneath the Helmet, explores the journey of a handful of new recruits and their commanders. The movie made me laugh, it made me cry, but most of all it made me proud.

Traveling in the Company of Friends: Arabs and Jews in Israel

Traveling in the Company of Friends: Arabs and Jews in Israel

I drove down from the central Golan Heights towards Jerusalem on my way to a speaking engagement. The hills were rolling and bright green, peppered with peek-a-boo purples and yellows from wild flowers that can’t seem to wait until spring. This view always makes me think that the phrase “G-d’s Land” was first spoken here.

How to Speak Hebrew Like an Israeli

How to Speak Hebrew Like an Israeli

Eliezer Ben‑Yehuda was the driving spirit behind the revival of the Hebrew language. And when you are in Israel these days, you will hear these phrases in Hebrew slang, as they are not found in the dictionary or the Torah. We are placing the real Israel at your fingertips!

We’ve Got It Backward: Israel Education Should Come First, Then Advocacy

We’ve Got It Backward: Israel Education Should Come First, Then Advocacy

True, Israel advocacy groups are proliferating, offering programs, websites and curriculum, but at the same time the number of Americans who care about the Jewish State in a more than superficial way is decreasing.

Land Flowing with Milk - Eretz Zavat Halav

Land Flowing with Milk - Eretz Zavat Halav

Few songs capture the feeling of a people in exile like “Eretz Zavat Halav.” Even fewer people sing it with the exquisite mixture of joy and longing as Nina Simone, the eloquent, sublime jazz singer sang this in a little-known live video performance with her band from the 1960s.

How and Why Reporters Get Israel So Wrong, and Why It Matters

How and Why Reporters Get Israel So Wrong, and Why It Matters

You will not know true fear until you experience an explosion a few feet from your home and then scurry to your television set to see what may have happened or who may have been wounded, only to find the latest rotation of reality TV shows.

The 25 Best Things I Ate in Israel

The 25 Best Things I Ate in Israel

You could say that the Israeli food culture is very young, as Israel only became a nation in 1948. But its roots go back thousands of years. If you want to dig real deep, you could flip through the Old Testament and start talking about the magical manna that sustained the Hebrews in the desert

The Zionist Dream in the Poconos

The Zionist Dream in the Poconos

An excerpt from the new memoir ‘Why Not Say What Happened’ by Morris Dickstein conjures lost summer worlds and tells his own deeply engaging story of growing up in the turbulent American culture of the postwar decades.

Bravery: Lone Soldier that Survived Cancer Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant

Bravery: Lone Soldier that Survived Cancer Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant

Rotem Chiprut, a cancer survivor and an Israel Defense Forces lone soldier (a member of the army without parents in Israel), last week was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant.

Unexpected Inspiration on a Cold Winter Night

Unexpected Inspiration on a Cold Winter Night

I sat there marveling over the fact that only in Israel would you invite your air conditioning repair specialist over for a quote and receive a spellbinding story of survival, hope, perseverance and the Jewish experience.

Small Gifts - Matanot Ktanot

Small Gifts - Matanot Ktanot

"Another Friday, breathing the air, Light and shadow are playing "tag" again." The Boy Duo covers the popular song "Small Gifts" by Rami Kleinshtein

10 Photos of IDF Training That Will Leave You Speechless

10 Photos of IDF Training That Will Leave You Speechless

The latest exercises in the IDF have been intense, challenging and unique. These 10 amazing pictures – captured through hours of hard work and dedication – simulate many different scenarios and will leave you breathless.

A Collective Jewish Memory

A Collective Jewish Memory

It has often been said that Jews have long memories. Memories that stretch back through the pages of history, unravelling the chapters of the past, reaching out to our humble beginnings. It is an obsession of ours – the energy force that governs our every action.

The Not-So-Dead of an Israeli Winter

The Not-So-Dead of an Israeli Winter

One of the things I very quickly learned after making aliyah is that Israelis are completely obsessed with nature. They can’t get enough of this beautiful land and everything that grows in its soil.

Continuing to Serve: Life after the IDF

Continuing to Serve: Life after the IDF

Today, the fight is not just in the mountains of the Golan or the Upper Galilee, or in the urban centers in the West Bank, or along the coast of the Gaza Strip. Instead, the battle for Israel and for the Jewish people is in polite conversation and politically correct social and academic circles.

Modern Anti-Semitism: Bernard-Henri Lévy at the UN

Modern Anti-Semitism: Bernard-Henri Lévy at the UN

In other capitals, many others, in Europe and elsewhere, faulting the Jews is once again becoming the rallying cry of a new order of assassins - unless it is the same, but cloaked in new habits. The United Nations was set up, also, to fight this plague. This assembly was given the sacred task of preventing those terrible spirits from reawakening. But they have returned - and that is why we are here.

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