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Ori’s Light Continues to Shine

February 13, 2019, by

This past erev Shabbat, our twenty-two-year-old son Eliyahu Yeshaya asked to borrow the car to attend the funeral of a terror victim. This was when I first heard about the terrorist attack that had occurred the previous day. I asked him for more details. He responded, “Are you sure that you want to know?” Since

Long-Lost Brothers

January 28, 2019, by

Bleary-eyed, I nudged the suitcase with my right foot, moving it a few inches ahead. The airport terminal at Ben Gurion was beginning to fill up and I was anxious to check in my baggage. I was next in line for the security check. There was a man who hurried in, making his way to

Skiing Under Syrian Missles

January 23, 2019, by

Social media networks lit up this week with images of Israelis skiing down Mt. Hermon (we’ll talk about skiing while filming some other time) as Syrian-fired rockets were intercepted overhead by Israel’s Iron Dome missiles. In one of those “only in Israel” stories, a mother describes her son’s adventures on Israel’s lone ski slope that

The Paratrooper Pin

January 14, 2019, by

The IDF Paratroopers are known for their daring, courage and heroism in all of Israel’s wars. They’re also known for the difficult training they must undergo to become combat-ready, and to stay in shape. The intense navigational drills. The jump training with five static line jumps from a C-130 Hercules aircraft. The comprehensive weapons training.

On Mt. of Olives, Hundreds Mourn for Four-Day-Old Amiad Yisrael Hy”d

December 12, 2018, by

Born two months premature after his mother was shot in a terror attack, four-day-old Amiyad Yisrael Hy”d died yesterday, after spending his brief life in the intensive care unit at Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem. Over 300 gathered to pay their final respects last night on Har HaZeitim (Mt. of Olives), just outside the Old

Sign the Petition: Return the Remains of Our Fallen IDF Soldiers

December 12, 2018, by

In August of 2014, just after a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas had taken effect, Hamas terrorists murdered three IDF soldiers. The bodies of two of the soldiers, Lt. Hadar Goldin and Sgt. Oron Shaul, were abducted–in violation of International Human Rights Law. A petition on We the People, the petition site of the


December 11, 2018, by

I recently attended a family event over Shabbat in Bet El, in the Shomron. Bet El has over 1,000 families, and is surrounded by Arab areas such as Ramallah, Surda and Dura al Kar. The views are stunning. On Shabbat morning, I found myself wondering whether this was truly the biblical site of Bet El,

An Old Soldier’s Song

December 4, 2018, by

It was a sunny November day in Netanya, with a gentle breeze wafting in from the Mediterranean. My wife, mother and I were there for a short vacation, and we decided to visit a neighborhood cafe. It was late in the afternoon, and the locals were starting to arrive. The waitress offered us a table

A Vignette That Only the Land of Israel Can Produce

December 3, 2018, by

I made aliya many years ago, and I have many unique experiences to share about the Land of Israel. This is just one of them, but it happened recently, and it unfolds almost like a mystery novel. It began when I saw one of the locals here in Ramat Shlomo (a suburb of Jerusalem), a