A strange video surfaced on Facebook on Saturday, purportedly showing events that took place at the March of Return Riot on the Israeli border. It is difficult to make out since the camera moves around and also due to the bizarre subject matter. The video appears to be showing a group of men, at least one wearing the uniform of a Gazan medic, inundating a youth in an orange vest with tear gas. The men are wearing non-military gas masks.
After years of falling behind most Western – and even developing – countries in the war against tobacco, Israel is finally moving in the right direction, even though there are more battles ahead. It is certainly overdue, as 8,000 Israelis on average die each year from actual or passive smoking – a much higher death toll than road accidents, terrorism and war combined.
Four and a half years ago, I was hired by Breaking Israel News to write feature articles about the geula (redemption). It was a subject no other Jewish or Israeli news site covered and nine years of intensive study in yeshiva left me disturbingly unprepared to write about a subject so essential to my religion.
Reading from The Israel Bible- the world’s first Hebrew Bible to highlight the special relationship between the land and the people of Israel – Glick spoke about the prophetic beginnings of Hanukkah, maintaining, “Hanukkah is celebrated in the darkest time of the year, on the longest and darkest night, but by putting the menorah in our windows, we can bring light to the entire world.” He continued, “That’s our job on Hanukkah – to remind the world that even in the darkest of darkness, we had a connection to the light of the menorah, to the Temple, to God and to Jerusalem.”
A very special gathering took place on Sunday night, commemorating a personal miracle that will go down in history as a powerful part of the prophetic return of the Jewish Temple. It requires a unique individual like Rabbi Yehudah Glick to throw a party celebrating the fourth anniversary of a vicious terrorist attack that came within a hair’s breadth of claiming his life.
Vice President Mike Pence’s address at a special session of the Israeli Knesset on Monday emphasized the unbreakable alliance between the US and Israel. But even more significant in his speech was his description of a common bond in the Bible between the respectively dominant religions of the US and Israel.