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Jewish Holidays

A Light to the Nation: A Small People; A Great Impact

May 9, 2016, by

…but I will make you a light of nations, so that My salvation shall be until the end of the earth. – Isaiah 49:6 Haters gotta hate. Sadly, this dismissive shorthand for the cruelty of individuals and nations has weighed on Israel too heavily throughout our history.  Our tradition has incorporated it into its teaching.  […]

Inspired by the People

After the murder of Sarah Litman’s father and brother days before her wedding, she chose to marry after shiva – but this time, she invited the entire nation of Israel. In preparing the video, producers Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider and Jeremy Goldscheider met with Sarah Litman and Ariel Beigel, who are the main subjects of the […]

66 of Israel’s Heroes Share a Powerful Message

May 6, 2014, by

This video from Nefesh b’Nefesh celebrates Israel Independence Day with 66 Israeli heroes sharing a powerful message! Hear their stories. Live your dreams. Am Yisrael Chai! See the names below (in order of appearance): 0:22 Natan Sharansky — Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel 0:27 Rabbi Jerry Epstein — Former VP […]

Bibi the Builder?

May 6, 2014, by

With preparations for Israel’s 66th birthday running behind schedule, Prime Minister Netanyahu did what any good boss would do:

And God Said, “I Am Sorry”

April 29, 2014, by

Every spring, a number of days of commemoration are observed. Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron, established by the government of Israel, are days in which we honor the memory of the fallen – first for the victims of the Holocaust and then for those who gave their lives to create and defend the State of […]

65 Years of Independence

April 16, 2013, by

On April 11, 1944, a Jewish teenager hiding from the Nazis penned in her diary: “If we bear all this suffering and if there are still Jews left, when it is over, then Jews, instead of being doomed, will be held up as an example.” As she wrote these words, the very existence of the […]

Eliyahu HaNavi and Yom Ha’Atzmaut: Rabbi Gold

April 26, 2012, by

The two faces of Eliyahu HaNavi – Parshat Hashavua from Yerushalayim presented by Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold. Recorded at the Avrom Silver Jerusalem College for Adults.  —————————————— The prayer for the welfare of the State of Israel, like the country for which it is recited, is often at the center of controversy. In Prayer for the […]

Reflections on Yom HaAtzmaut as a New Immigrant

April 30, 2009, by

I’ve just celebrated my 4th Yom ha-Atzmaut since making aliyah. What’s life like for a middle-aged, middle class guy from Toronto, Canada adjusting to quotidian Jerusalem, you may wonder. Good, mostly, I suppose. That first year, trying to immerse ourselves in our new-old country, my wife Randi and I went to a series of state […]

Yom Haatzmaut Dayeinu

April 23, 2009, by

Just Glad to Be Living in Israel Living most of my life in the United States, I knew Israel’s independence was not something to take for granted, and indeed to be celebrated at every opportunity. Nevertheless, with the pace of life there not focused on Israeli holidays, the ability to celebrate and commemorate Israel’s independence […]

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