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Life

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

Dreamscapes

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

Love of Israel Possible at American Universities

October 24, 2018, by

My time at New York University did not affect my decision to make aliyah; I was rock solid on that decision before I began orientation. However, my decision to make aliyah did affect my time at New York University. Though I moved to Israel after completing my university degree, my motivation to move was strengthened through my time

An Inside Look into a Family of Gun Owners

August 1, 2018, by

I was within earshot when some of our sons were carrying on a conversation. Usually the boys talk Torah, family or making shidduchim, but this earnest conversation was not about any of these important topics. They were discussing which pistol is best to purchase. Growing up in small town Pennsylvania did not prepare me for

Joining The Mossad’s Minyan

July 9, 2018, by

Nissim was a brilliant kid. Or at least that was what everyone was telling me in the week leading up to our appointment. By now I’d heard from his mother, his father, and his Rosh Yeshivah. Apparently he was also loving, kind, peaceful, and a great learner. His younger brother Sasson–who I’d helped out a