Posted in SPOTLIGHT

The Brave Lone Soldiers of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces)

By Gideon Every year, thousands Jewish teens from all around the world leave their homes and volunteer to serve in the IDF.  Their official status is…

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Posted in REVIEWS

Book Review: The Avengers

  By Gideon The Avengers – by Rich Cohen Reading the book was an eye opener: It is a fascinating story with many new revelations about Jewish…

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Book Review: The Brigade

By Gideon   The Brigade – By Howard Bloom This is the real-life story of the Jewish brigade which was assembled by the British in Eretz…

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Posted in HISTORY

Jewish Partisans: Heros of WWII

By Gideon This story is dedicated to my father Oscar, who was one of those young people in eastern Europe who escaped the ghetto and joined…

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Where was the American leadership during the Holocaust?

By Gideon In the early 1930s, the Jews in the United States were either new immigrants themselves or first generation Americans and lacked the confidence to…

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Moshe Zuri and the Jewish Community of Acre

  Moshe’s great granddaughters next to a street sign in a street named after him in Acre – May 2014 By Gideon An Internet search showed…

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Posted in JERUSALEM HISTORY

Husseini’s Legacy Still Looms Large

  Above: Husseini giving the “Heil Hitler” Salute to Bosnian Muslim volunteers to the notorious Waffen SS Handzar Division in November 1943. By Sarah Honig No one…

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Posted in SPECIAL PLANTS

Holy Herbs: Myrrh in the Bible

  By Sudhir Ahluwalia This is one of the four herb ingredients in the Holy Anointing Oil. Myrrh is the aromatic gum or resin that exudes…

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Napoleon: The Liberator of the Jewish People

By Gideon Following in the wake of the Napoleon Wars (1804-1815) in which Napoleon conquered much of Europe, came the emancipation of the Jews of Western…

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Posted in JERUSALEM HISTORY

Letters to the Western Wall

By Gideon According to Judaism, the Divine Presence rests on the Western Wall more than other places. The Talmud teaches that all prayers ascend to heaven…

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Posted in WAR

Israel – Lebanon Wars: Memories from Operation Litani

By Gideon This article is dedicated to the memory of the innocent people who were killed by terrorists on March 11, 1978 and to the fallen…

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Murder and Peace: The price of moderate leadership in the Middle East

  By Gideon Twenty years ago, the Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was murdered by a Jewish religious zealot. His premature death practically ended of…

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Posted in WAR

The difficult war that brought peace: The Yom Kippur War of October 1973

By Gideon On October 6, 1973, hoping to win back territory lost to Israel during the third Arab-Israeli war, in 1967, Egyptian and Syrian forces…

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Posted in JEWISH WOMEN

Michal: The tragic story of a princess

By Gideon Michal’s story is a tragic story of a princess who was used as a pawn, first by her father, King Saul, and then…

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Posted in HOLIDAYS

The Great Bonfires of Lag Ba’Omer

By Gideon I was on an airplane, looking through the window at Israel’s shoreline which just appeared in the far distance in the early dawn…

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A Family Reunion: The History of the Jewish Community of Rhodes

By Gideon Most tourists travel to the Greek Island Rhodes to enjoy the beaches of this gorgeous island. However, when my wife and my daughter…

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Central Tel Mond

Many people pass by Tel Mond on their way to Tel Aviv, unaware of the Jewel  hidden behind the orange groves along the road. However,…

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Posted in FAITH

My Fiddler on the Roof

By Gideon Few years ago, Mike, a friend at work mentioned that he was going to see Fiddler on the Roof that weekend. I told…

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Posted in SPECIAL PLANTS

HERBS IN THE HOLY ANOINTING OIL

By Sudhir Ahluwalia As one of the most researched of ancient literatures, the Bible is a window into the life and practices of the people who…

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Frozen in time: The Golan Heights – What in its future?

By Gideon October 16, 2015 The first thing a person notices when he drives up from the valley to the Golan Heights, is the presence…

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Why we keep coming to Israel when there are so many reasons not to

By Gideon October 7, 2015 In 2002, when I was in Israel for a routine family visit , the country looked different than ever before….

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Posted in JERUSALEM HISTORY

The Remarkable Story of the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus

  A view of Jerusalem and the Old City from Mount Scopus – October 2015   By Gideon October 11, 2015 The Hebrew University of…

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Madness or courage?

by Rivka Levy The day after two people were stabbed to death by the Lions’ Gate in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, my teenaged…

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Netanya – A Symbol of hope in a midst of a terror wave in Israel

Netanya is a symbol of hope in a midst of a terror wave in Israel By Gideon October 7, 2015 In 2005, when the city was…

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Posted in HOLIDAYS

Jewish Holidays: Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

By Gideon Shemini Atzeret literally means “the assembly of the eighth (day).” Tishri 22, the day after the seventh day of Sukkot, is the holiday…

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The Significance of the Pomegranate in Judaism and its Health Benefits

  By Gideon Many Jewish scholars believe that the pomegranate was the “forbidden fruit” of the Garden of Eden. The pomegranate is listed in the…

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Politicians and Jews: The Great Divide

By Jay Lavine, M.D.   Are childhood vaccines safe? Is global warming occurring and, if so, is mankind contributing to its development? Is evolution a…

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Posted in IDF Heroes

The Story of the Israeli Pilots in the Yom Kippur War – מלחמת יום כיפור: סיפורם של טייסי הקרב

by Gideon The war caught the Israeli Air Force by surprise; pilots were sent into battle without adequate information, adequate support, or adequate planning. The two…

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Posted in WAR

Remembering the Yom Kippur War – כאילו לא היתה מלחמה

  By Gideon Many years passed since that awful day in October 1973 when that terrible war begun, but the Yom Kippur war  is still with…

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Posted in MILITARY

Deceptively Quiet: The Israeli Southern Border – September 2015

By Gideon September 19, 2015 “The Israeli Air Force struck three terror targets in northern Gaza overnight after the Iron Dome system intercepted an Ashkelon…

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Posted in FAITH

L’chaim, ‘To life’: Judaism and wine

By Gideon The Jewish relationship to wine is rooted in religious practice.The most characteristic toast of the Jews is L’chaim, ‘To life’. It meant, “May you…

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Posted in JEWISH WOMEN

How Women Rights Became Law in Japan: Beate’s Story

  By Gideon September 15, 2015 Beate Sirota Gordon (October 25, 1923 – December 30, 2012), was the daughter of Russian Jewish parents who at…

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Posted in FOOD

Spinach Kugel Recipe for the High Holidays

  By Mazi Glodenberg  Spinach kugel is a Rosh Hashana cuisine. It is serve during the Rosh Hashana seder, after the blessing “May it be Your will, Lord…

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The World Trade Center: what was it like – Years before the attack

By Gideon This article is posted every year on the anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001 – We will never forget. …

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Posted in HOLIDAYS

Reclaiming the Holidays

Jay Lavine, M.D. The holiday season is approaching, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, also known as Yom Harat Olam, the birthday of the world. Human nature being what…

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Posted in MILITARY

What happened to Dakar?

By Gideon September 1, 2015 There were plenty of people who were upset with the Israeli Defense Forces in January 1968 – Some wanted revenge:…

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Posted in LIFE SAVERS

Dr. Feng Shan Ho: The Chinese Diplomat Who Saved Thousands of Jews in WWII

    By Gideon Dr. Feng Shan Ho was one of the first diplomats to save Jews by issuing them visas to escape the Holocaust….

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Posted in REVIEWS

Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front

  In this documentary film, the producers accompanied five paratroopers for a year, from their first day in the paratroopers basic training to their beret…

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The Prime Ministers – History through the eyes of an Israeli Diplomat

The Prime ministers is a two – movie series, The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers and  The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers. The movies are based…

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Posted in JEWISH NEWS

The American Jewish Family – A Statistical Portrait of American Jews into the 21st Century

Jews are more likely than others to live alone or to have never married, to have smaller families and fewer divorces, to be older when…

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Posted in JEWISH NEWS

Jewish Income, Education, and Occupation – A Statistical Portrait of American Jews into the 21st Century

One place where Jews are exceptional is their pursuit of higher education, which is less constrained by their parental education than is the case among…

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Posted in JEWISH NEWS

Jewish Politics and Values – A Statistical Portrait of American Jews into the 21st Century

Based on the 2007 article:  A Statistical Portrait of American Jews into the 21st Century by Professor Allan Mazur A portrait of American Jews can…

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Posted in JEWISH NEWS

Jewish Intermarriage and Conversion – A Statistical Portrait of American Jews into the 21st Century

Based on the 2007 article:  A Statistical Portrait of American Jews into the 21st Century by Professor Allan Mazur Christian readers might assume that by…

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Posted in JEWISH NEWS

A Statistical Portrait of American Jews into the 21st Century – Part 1

With the permission of the author, Professor Allan Mazur , I’m honored to bring to you excerpts from his 2007 article: A Statistical Portrait of American Jews into…

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Posted in JEWISH NEWS

The Jewish Vote

by: Jay Lavine, M.D. How is the Jewish vote different from all other votes? Before we answer that, perhaps we should look at the way…

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The Savage

According to the reputable military magazine janes.com, the IDF has finally revealed details of the missile-firing Pere (‘Savage’), which was developed in the wake of…

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The Other Son

“Making a feel-good movie about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could be a recipe for disaster, but French writer-director Lorraine Levy manages to avoid many, if not…

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The Concert – Movie Review

By Gideon Le Concert (THE CONCERT) is a 2009 French comedy by Radu Mihăileanu starring Aleksei Guskov, Mélanie Laurent and Miou-Miou. It won the Best…

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My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes

By Gideon While most European countries either cooperated or did nothing to stop the Nazis when their Jewish citizens were murdered, there were two countries that…

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Posted in HEBREW

It’s Not What You Think! What Do These Jewish Words Really Mean?

by: Jay Lavine, M.D. Mazal tov! – Does it mean congratulations? Good luck? You might think so, judging from the way people use the expression. But…

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SIMON WIESENTHAL – THE NAZI HUNTER

Simon Wiesenthal December 31, 1908 – September 20, 2005 “At the end of World War II, thousands of Nazis who participated in the systematic murder of…

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Israel’s Partner for Peace is Part of Israel

by: Jay Lavine, M.D. We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt. The root of the Hebrew word for Egypt, Mitzrayim, is meitzar, a narrow place…

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Posted in FOOD

Matbucha – Israeli Cuisine: How to make it

Matbucha is a cooked dish of tomatoes and roasted bell peppers seasoned with garlic and chili pepper. The name of the dish originates from Arabic…

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The Woman In Gold

The Woman In Gold is a movie about the real life story of Maria Altmann’s, who against all odds, fought her way to the U.S….

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The history of the Jewish month of Av and its relevance today

By Gideon “I won’t sign any contract between July 8 and July 17,” (the first nine days of the month of Av in the Jewish calendar,…

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Neither War Nor the Unknown Discourages them: Why they come to Israel

You can say it is a miracle. However, since there are so many miracles associated with the State of  Israel, this abnormal human behavior  is pretty much unnoticed: Israel is…

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Posted in FOOD

Shakshuka – Israeli cuisine: How to make it

In Israel shakshuka is often eaten for breakfast with side salad and bread, or pita bread. Below are two recipes and instructions on how to make…

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Why We’ve Lost to Iran And What We Can Learn from Them

by: Jay Lavine, M.D. The tide has been shifting against Israel for some time, and now, with the signing of the accord between Iran and…

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Posted in DIPLOMACY

Henry Kissinger’s Shuttle Diplomacy after the Yom Kippur War

  “The conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if he does not lose.” (Henry Kissinger) “While we should never give…

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Waving the Confederate Flag – As Refracted by the Jewish American Lens

by: Jay Lavine, M.D. The controversy surrounding the displaying of the Confederate flag on government property has come to a head and is not likely…

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