Torah & News

ISRAEL & USA : Which shared values?

This week Israeli President Isaac Herzog visited with USA President Joe Biden in the Oval Office. This honor is usually reserved for the Prime Minister of a newly elected government of Israel who is the true political leader of the State of Israel. The President of Israel is a ceremonial position that is supposed to […]

Terrorizing the Terrorists

Last week we learned in the Torah portion Balak, about how the Midianites seduced the Jewish men and caused them to sin with the women of Moab and worship their idol Peor. In the end, the Princess of the Midianites, Cozbi, had relations with Zimri, head of the Tribe of Shimon in front of the […]

Bilaam’s Curse: Are our tents vulnerable today?

The Prophet Bilaam and King Balak of Moab gazing down at the Israelite camp “How Goodly are Your Tents, O Jacob!” This week’s Torah portion read in Israel (Balak -Numbers 22:2-25:9) tells us about King Balak’s attempt to curse the Nation of Israel. Before entering the Land of Israel, the Jews were encamped on the […]

Jerusalem Day and “an Nakba”

Throngs of people fill the streets of Jerusalem each year on their way to the Old City “Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day” This week, on Friday May 19, the Nation of Israel will be celebrating Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem (Reunification) Day. Fifty-six years ago, on June 7, 1967 the IDF entered the Old City of […]

Shields, Bows & Arrows – IDF attacks PIJ in Gaza

  Last week, we told you about the Islamic Jihad terrorists in Gaza who launched 104 missiles in to Israel. Today the retaliation came from the IDF. In an operation dubbed “Magen v’Chetz” (Shield & Arrow) the Israel Air Force (IAF) eliminated 3 top Islamic Jihad leaders in precision, simultaneous targeted assassinations. A military spokesman […]

Missiles Launched on Israel – Are we seeing miracles?

This week, terrorists in Gaza launched 104 missiles and mortars into southern Israel in response to a Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader dying in an Israeli prison after an 86-day hunger strike. Our Israeli-made Iron Dome anti-missile system is smart enough to let projectiles headed for open areas to fall harmlessly, but missiles headed for population […]

Israel’s Independence Day – A time to sing??

“Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel Independence Day!” This week, we are celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut in Israel. Literally translated it means Independence Day. On the 5th of the Hebrew month of Iyar, in 1948, David Ben Gurion proclaimed Israel as an independent Jewish State in its Land for the first time in over 2,000 years (since the […]

What are the Protests in Israel REALLY About?

For the 12th week in a row, there were protests on Saturday night around the country, primarily in “left wing, secular” strongholds. The biggest protests were in Tel Aviv as seen in the photo above. Based on the banner above, you might think the protests are against Netanyahu personally, but the protests are supposedly about […]

Ephraim and Yehuda United – Rebuilding the Temple

As we approach Tisha B’av, the anniversary of the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem I wanted to share this story with you. My friend A.Y. Katsof pictured above left is an Ashkenazi Jew who currently lives with his family in biblical Samaria. The press would consider him a “settler.” In 1999 when he discovered […]

Israel is the World’s 4th Happiest Country

The results for UN’s 2023 World Happiness Report look at the extremely challenging three year period of 2020 – 2022. After Finland, Denmark and Iceland — Israel was the happiest country in the world… way ahead of the USA (#15), Canada (#13) and United Kingdom (#19)! Not only did Israel suffer through Covid like the […]

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