Four years have passed since much of the Jewish world held its breath, united in prayer, performed much chesed and hoped that our three boys would be found alive and well. The IDF launched a search mission called Operation Brother’s Keeper. But our hope that Naftali Frankael, Gil Ad Shaer and Eyal Yifrach would be
I awaken early in the morning and look out through the glass door in our bedroom which leads to our upstairs porch. The coolness of the Gush Etzion spring night still lingers. I view the mountaintops across from me and the first orange-yellow rays of the sun climbing over them. My gaze focuses on a
The newly established hesder yeshiva in Ramla couldn’t have asked for a warmer reception from their neighbors. On their second day at yeshiva, Arab neighbors set the field next to the yeshiva building ablaze. Our son Eliyahu Yeshaya discovered the blaze and called the fire department, which took about twenty minutes to arrive. Meanwhile the
An Israeli elementary school comes alive at night, when most are sound asleep. The sounds of people running, of dogs barking and of loud thuds can be heard. Flashlights cast eerie shadows on the playground walls. The source of all of the activity is the transpiring of a training session for the elite IDF canine
A stone’s throw from the bus stop where Naftali Frankel, Ayal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar, may HaShem avenge their murders, unknowingly got into a car with two Arab terrorists, stands the bus stop where 26 year-old Dalia Lemkus was brutally murdered. Following the murder, the bus stop was draped initially with Israeli flags and
Israel and the United States have had a lot in common recently. While rockets rain down on southern Israel, torrential rain and havoc-wreaking winds have cruelly visited the eastern coast of the United States. As a victim of Hurricane Agnes in June of 1972, wherein the deluged Susquehanna River broke through its dikes and flooded
Dr. Max Garber, 84, of Detroit, Michigan is no fair weather friend. Neither the Gulf War in the winter of 1991 nor the intifada have deterred him from volunteering in Israel. What prompted Max to visit Israel nine times so far? “I was prompted by my desire to see the Jewish homeland and to show
The sword is worse than death, famine is harder than the sword, captivity is the worst of all.” (Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Bava Batra. 8b) It hangs like a yoke around my neck—albatross-like. I put it on daily, save Shabbat, semachot (joyous occasions), and holidays. With time it has undergone some changes. More names, less names.
Shaindy Miller (nee Ehrenwald) never met three of her sisters. In 1918 in a village near Novozamsky, Hungary they were murdered by anti-Semites who played a drowning game to amuse themselves. Shaindy Miller was born in 1930 in Galanta, Czechoslovakia. The town was on the Czech/Hungarian border and numbered about 5,000 inhabitants. There were approximately
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