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Rocket Fire from Gaza Resumes

July 17, 2014, by

Tensions are gain running high in Israel as Hamas rocket fire and IDF strikes in Gaza have again resumed. Renewed calls for violence against Israelis is being partially fueled by the alleged attempt on the life of Muhammad Deif, the Hamas commander in Gaza. The following news sources are providing up to the minute updates

Is Hamas Trying to Get Gazans Killed?

July 14, 2014, by

Mahmoud Abbas, the sometimes moderate, often ineffectual leader of the Palestinian Authority, just asked his rivals in Hamas a question that other bewildered people are also asking: “What are you trying to achieve by sending rockets?” The Gaza-based Hamas has recently fired more than 500 rockets at Israeli towns and cities. This has terrorized the

Updates from Israel: Your Words and Images

July 11, 2014, by

We asked the Jewish community at large to share their words and images about the current situation in Israel. Here’s a look at the latest we have received. You can share your own thoughts and photos here. Please note that text submitted has been left largely unedited to preserve the authors’ words and intent. 7/23

It’s a Beautiful Day to Be Under Attack

July 10, 2014, by

Dear Friends, It’s true, we are under attack here in Israel. As a matter of fact, I have an app on my phone that tells me every time there is a missile headed for Israel. In just the last hour and a half, the sirens have sounded in Ofakim in the south, in Ashdod, Ashkelon,

Crisis in Israel – How Can You Help?

July 8, 2014, by

As Hamas rocket attacks continue along with Israel’s ground operations in Gaza, the Orthodox Union is quickly responding to help acheinu bnei Yisrael. How you can help: Donate OU Israel is delivering much-needed support to the citizens of Sderot, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi, Beit Shemesh and Ofakim, including providing social workers and advisors to work

Rabbi Weinreb: Were Our Tears Shed in Vain: Part II

July 7, 2014, by

Following up on last week’s remarks in Passaic (watch video here), Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb again addressed the topic of “Were Our Tears Shed in Vain: A Torah Response to an Unspeakable Tragedy,” delivering his remarks at Congregation Ohr Torah in Edison, NJ. Revisiting the tragic deaths of Naftali Frenkel, Gil-ad Shaar and Eyal

It’s Over: Now What?

July 7, 2014, by

I don’t think there’s been a similar experience to the one we just endured as a people. In recent memory, we’ve been through bombings, shootings, rocket fire, wars, and a kidnapping of a soldier. Other than Gilad Shalit, we’ve been shocked by the death and destruction imposed on our brothers and sisters, but those moments

“Ema, Was it Very Meaningful?”

July 3, 2014, by

My sister in law, Shayna Goldberg, who lives in Alon Shvut near where the boys were kidnapped, shared her reflections upon attending the tragic funeral for Eyal, Naftali and Gil-ad z’l this week. I found her words incredibly powerful, inspirational and worth sharing: “Are they dead?” Asked my 8 year old Tuesday morning after we

3 Boys, 19 Days and 1 Changed People

As I sit in my living room four and a half hours after hearing the terrible news I find myself deep in thought about what has just happened. While the media now focuses on how, who, when, what will happen, I decide to take my thoughts elsewhere. Thinking about the atmosphere just 19 days ago