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Against all odds, Israel has emerged as a world leader in innovation. Listen to the incredible story behind “Surgical Theater,” an FDA approved surgery simulator, developed by a former officer in the Israeli Air Force: “We used to develop flight simulation for the Israeli Air Force, and felt that we needed to transfer our knowledge… Read more »

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On this day, 47 years ago, the Israeli army captured Jerusalem during the Six Day War. The miracles of 1967 were on par with the greatest Biblical events and this day is a cause for great celebration, reflection and thanks to God for returning His Holy City to Jewish hands which we hope quickly leads… Read more »

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Several amazing speakers came out for our farewell tour dinner in Jerusalem this past Sunday night. Chris Mitchell of the Christian Broadcast Network shared his take, as a Jerusalem correspondent, on the peace process, declaring that the Land is not “ours or theirs” to negotiate, but rather is God’s Land, and when diplomacy fails time… Read more »

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Here is an interesting tidbit you might not have known: the ‘honey’ that Israel is blessed with does not refer to bee’s honey, but according to Jewish tradition, refers to date honey which was a rich delicacy in Biblical times. From hardly growing any food 100 years ago, miraculously, Israel today is an agricultural exporter… Read more »

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On the festival of Shavuot/Pentacost we read from the Book of Ruth, which tells the story of how Naomi returned to the Land of Israel and her people with her faithful daughter-in-law Ruth. Many of the names in the Book of Ruth (and throughout Scripture) have a meaning in Hebrew related to their character. Naomi… Read more »

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This Shabbat we begin the Book of Numbers which describes the formation of the Children of Israel in the desert. Each tribe had its own flag with a unique insignia. The individuality of each tribe was thus preserved, with each tribe serving God with its own particular strengths. Yet years later, when the time arrived… Read more »

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For over 2,000 years of exile, Jerusalem was ruled by foreigners, awaiting the return of her people. Just 47 years ago the Jewish people finally returned. Every year since then, Israel marks the anniversary of the city’s liberation during the Six Day War as “Jerusalem Day.” Jerusalem’s holy sites have been opened for all faiths… Read more »

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Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein describes a beautiful thought about King David’s legendary praises of God throughout all stages of his life. He explains that today’s verse “relates to the time when David was in his mother’s womb, and that the ‘innermost being’ is David, deep inside his mother’s being. Even before his birth, David had a… Read more »

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One of the top reasons to support Israel is based on today’s verse: God repeatedly pledges to curse those who curse Israel, and bless those who bless Israel. If someone you know doubts that this verse is true, suggest they ask the Egyptians, the Babylonians, the Romans, the Greeks, the Crusaders or the Germans!

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Israel’s flag may be famous for her blue-and-white stripes, but long forgotten has been the inspiration behind its design, until now. The story goes that Herzl wanted a national flag, and a Lithuanian Jew by the name of David Wolffson, announced, “Why do we have to search? Here is our national flag!” Wolffsohn declared as… Read more »

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The name Judah was given at birth when Leah said, “let me gratefully praise God” (Genesis 29:35). Leah was especially grateful now that she had been granted more than her rightful share after giving birth to the 4th of the 12 sons of Jacob. The name Judah / Yehudah means thankfulness and Jews have come… Read more »

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Know anyone named Adam? Man in Hebrew is אדם, a-DAM. Three partners take part in the creation of a human being: the father, the mother and the Almighty. The word אדם ‘Adam’ expresses this concept. The letter א Alef indicates God who gives the soul, and the remaining two letters spell דם – dam (meaning,… Read more »

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Despite all the pressures of office, Prime Minister Netanyahu has made time for studying the Bible, remarking, “The Bible is always relevant vis-a-vis today’s problems and challenges. It inspires, it is a source of life for our people and I think it is important to expand Bible study and love for the Bible among all… Read more »

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There are many explanations behind the Hebrew name for Jerusalem. According to Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, “Yerushalayim comes from the words ‘Yirah Shalem,’ complete, self-effacing awe, meaning it has nothing to do with what I think. The holy city is so special not because I love it, it’s special to me because God loves it so… Read more »

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Ezekiel’s well-known prophecy of the dry bones arising was intended to comfort the Jewish people in exile, by reassuring them that God would one day bring them back “to the soil of Israel.” From the ashes of the Holocaust to the rebirth of the State of Israel, many see a prophecy fulfilled.

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