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Life

My Child Is Missing

June 25, 2018, by

Panic-stricken, I search for my child. Someone has taken my precious child. I try to scream, but no sound comes out. My entire world crumbles. With a pounding heart and gasps expressing terror, I awaken in my bed. Boruch HaShem, it was only a dream. But what a nightmare! The families of the three Israeli

Netiv Avot’s Right to Exist

June 7, 2018, by

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

Bar Mitzvah Story

June 7, 2018, by

This summer more than 1,550 young adults (the largest amount ever) from diverse backgrounds and communities will experience Israel through Israel Free Spirit, an official Birthright Israel trip provider. Before the trip, many participants have never had the opportunity to genuinely connect to their Jewish identity. The climax of every Israel Free Spirit Birthright trip is highlighted

Aliyah Sour Grapes?

May 31, 2018, by

Yoram had initially come to see me for “help with focusing.” “Maybe I have ADHD?” he asked. But nothing about his case suggested this was the case. Here was a talented computer programmer and business man, a dedicated family man, and a spiritual individual who had zero trouble focusing when he wasn’t too tired to

Reflections of a (Then-)New Olah on the Six Day War

April 17, 2018, by

Bracha Slae made aliyah with her husband in 1966 to Beer Sheva, then a border town, a year before the Six Day War. She shares her experience as a new olah in the time leading up to, during, and in the aftermath of the war. Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women’s Event

This Shabbat Nachamu: Remember Lt. Hadar Goldin z”l

August 2, 2017, by

OU Community Engagement is calling on synagogues to publicly remember Lieutenant Hadar Goldin this Shabbat Nachamu in order to keep his memory alive and to build awareness of the urgency of the efforts to return him and Oron Shaul to Israel. Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, part of the Givati brigade was shot and killed in August

Jerusalem’s Paratrooper Heroes, Up Close and Personal

May 22, 2017, by

Let’s Open Our Sefarim This Yom Yerushalayim On May 16 and 17, 2017, Shlomo Horwitz of Jewish Crossroads conducted interviews with two heroic paratroopers involved in liberating the Kotel on Yom Yerushalayim. These modest and gentle men, now in their 70s, share their valuable insights. Translated from the original Hebrew by Shlomo Horwitz. Remarks from Moshe

Eliana Sohn: Following Her Own Yellow Brick Road

January 18, 2017, by

Ever since I attended a performing arts summer program in Jerusalem 10 years ago, I’ve had my heart set on Aliyah. Having moved a few times as a kid, I used the label ‘home’ sparingly. Even when I had my own car in college, I never programmed a home address to my GPS. Israel was

Rabbi Shimon and Garfunkel on the UN Vote

January 11, 2017, by

Throughout the Talmudic tractate of Shabbos, there is an ongoing debate between Rabbi Shimon and Rabbi Yehuda regarding what’s called a davar sheino miskaven – something unintentional – with Rabbi Shimon considering such actions permissible on Shabbos and Rabbi Yehuda considering them prohibited. The prototypical example is found on page 29b. There is a Biblical