It was the month of January 2005. That Saturday night, a 17-year-old girl, by the name of Ayala Abukasis, was walking home with her younger brother, Tamir, in the southern city of Sderot in Israel. As they were walking, Ayala heard the shrill of an incoming Qassam missile fired from Gaza unto her city. She
This article originally appeared on JPost.com – reprinted with permission As far as quick mental associations go, Orthodox Union Israel executive director Rabbi Avi Berman understands that when most Jews think about his organization, they imagine the back of a Heinz ketchup bottle. “The first thing that comes up when you say ‘OU’ is kosher
In this first person Op-Ed, Tom Tugend of the Jewish Telegraph Agency describes his experience as a foreign volunteer during Israel’s War of Independence: In May 1948, I was walking down Market Street in San Francisco when I passed a small movie theater with a marquee that announced “The Jews Fight for Their State.” For the
As a proud patriot, Brooklyn-born Dan Nadel enlisted in the US army right after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But there was another force driving him to battle — his Jewish faith. “What Hitler was doing to the Jews, I knew he had to be killed and stopped,” the 95-year-old decorated veteran said from
In the summer of 2014, Eyal Ifrach, Gil-ad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel were kidnapped by terrorists on their way home from school. Jews from around the world came together to search, pray and offer support. The sense of unity reached its peak as the three Israeli boys were found and buried together. A year later,
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
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
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.
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
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.