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10 Little Known Things about Israel’s Past

April 23, 2015, by

Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, falls on April 23. In honor of the Jewish state’s 67th birthday, we present, in no particular order, 10 little-known aspects of modern Israel’s history. 1. El Al used to fly to Tehran. Iran and Israel enjoyed mostly good relations up until the Islamic revolution that overthrew the shah in

What Does it Mean to be the Parent of a Chayal?

April 23, 2015, by

Yom Hazikaron Address by Rabbi Kenneth Brander to the Yeshiva University student body in Lamport Auditorium, April 22, 2015. I have no idea of what it means to be a Chayal. To go through the training to become a combat soldier in the IDF. To trek 45 miles in less than 24 hours while carrying

Parents’ Perspective on Their Children’s Aliyah

April 23, 2015, by

This essay first appeared in Yeshiva University’s publication “Torah To Go” for Pesach 5775. Republished with permission. What motivated some of our children to make aliyah? Nothing comes from nothing. Many of my mother’s relatives emigrated from Germany to Israel prior to World War II. Due to Hitler, yimach shemo, my mother, as a teenager,

Israel Celebrates its 67th Birthday

April 23, 2015, by

Though snow and scattered rain showers fell in parts of the country, thousands of Israeli citizens and visitors gathered Thursday in parks and beaches, at official ceremonies and even in the streets to celebrate Independence Day. The festivities began Wednesday night, in accordance with the Jewish lunar calendar, with parties, concerts and fireworks in cities

Country Bows Its Head to 23,320 Fallen

April 21, 2015, by

Israelis will come to a stop Tuesday evening to honor 23,320 fallen soldiers and civilian victims of wars and terrorism. A minute-long siren will sound out around the country at 8 p.m. After the siren, a memorial torch-lighting ceremony will take place at the Western Wall, attended by President Reuven Rivlin and IDF Chief of

Treat Your Children to the Summer of a Lifetime in the Golan Heights

April 1, 2015, by

Camp Dror, an OU Israel project, is a truly unique 2 ½ week summer experience in Israel. A sleep-away camp for youth entering grades 6-10. Because it is located in the majestic Golan Heights, campers enjoy a wide variety of activities including hiking, kayaking, swimming and other sports. They also learn and have volunteer chessed

Was a Parah Adumah Discovered in New Jersey?

March 31, 2015, by

A fully red cow, which appears to be usable as the biblical Red Heifer or Parah Adumah, has been attracting increasing attention on a small farm outside of Lakewood, New Jersey. TheCoolJew.com investigated.

Holy Fire: Remembering the Sassoon Children

March 24, 2015, by

“OK, only around 750 pages left.” Guilty as charged. I’ll admit it: there are a few moments every year in shul during the Yamim Nora’im in which I find myself impatiently glancing at my watch or childishly thumbing through my machzor, comforting my grumbling stomach with the knowledge that the amount of pages that remain

Live Election Coverage from Arutz 7 and the OU

March 17, 2015, by

Arutz Sheva and the Orthodox Union will hold a special late night (in Israel) audio and videocast as the results of the Israeli election come. in this evening. It will feature Rabbi Avi Berman, executive director of OU Israel, together with Ari Soffer, Arutz-7 managing editor, and Yoni Kempinski, video correspondent for Arutz Sheva. Many