Catacombs Make a Comeback as Jerusalem Seeks Room for the Dead

May 20, 2015, by

For Jews seeking eternal rest, the most coveted real estate on Earth lies in the soil of Jerusalem. Unfortunately, the city is rapidly running out of room to bury the dead. And so it has come to pass that an Israeli burial organization has teamed with a cutting-edge construction firm to bore deep under a

After Successful Mission, IDF Field Hospital Closes in Nepal

May 11, 2015, by

A joint ceremony with their Nepali counterparts, the Israeli army officially closed its field hospital in Kathmandu on Sunday. As of the weekend, IDF medical personnel had treated 1,427 victims of the devastating earthquake that hit the mountainous Asian nation last month, including 90 life-saving surgeries, six cesarean sections and two natural births. “Let me

Ethiopian Israelis: Mistreatment and Unrest

May 7, 2015, by

A single event in Israel last week captured headlines which led to a demonstration outside the National Police Headquarters in Jerusalem on Thursday April 30, and then a major demonstration in Tel Aviv on Sunday May 3 that turned violent. The event: Israeli police were filmed beating an IDF soldier whose name is Damas Pakada.

Netanyahu, Bayit Yehudi Strike Coalition Deal Just Before Deadline

May 6, 2015, by

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud faction on Wednesday reached an agreement with the religious Zionist Bayit Yehudi on the formation of a rightist coalition, Israel Radio reported. The agreement, which was struck just two hours before the final deadline for Netanyahu to cobble together a ruling government, paves the way for a narrow, 61-seat

‘Do You Want to Come for Shabbat?’

May 5, 2015, by

Rachel Nadel, motivated by the NCSY Shabbaton she experienced as a child, spent her post-high-school year in Israel studying. That year was critical in her spiritual development, but also critical in helping her future vision emerge: she spent most of her time in the dorms of her women’s yeshiva, and didn’t get to meet families living in Israel.

The Rabbi of Nepal

May 5, 2015, by

Micha Odenheimer is sitting in a restaurant in the Mahaneh Yehudah market in Jerusalem, having a last good meal before taking off for Nepal the following morning. He’d been in Kathmandu barely two weeks earlier, just before the earthquake. As head of the Jerusalem-based NGO Tevel b’Tzedek, which brings young Israeli volunteers to Nepalese villages

Four Israelis Rescued from Mt. Everest, 100 Still Missing

April 27, 2015, by

Four Israelis were rescued from the slopes of Mt. Everest on Monday, where they had been trapped in the wake of the earthquake that shook the mountainous nation of Nepal on Saturday, leading to a death toll in the thousands. Some 100 Israelis are still missing, according to Israeli officials. Army Radio said a rescue

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,

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