Monthly Archives: November 2018

1st Temple census stone

Archeologists sifting soil originating from Western Wall foundations, have found a half-shekel stone weight engraved “beka” in ancient Hebrew. Beka is mentioned in the Bible in Exodus 38, Verse 26: “One beka per head; [that is,] half a shekel”. The … Continue reading

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Hanukkah in Israel

Hanukkah in Israel (Dec 2 – 10) is an important and iconic festival, widely celebrated and marked by many symbolic events, customs and, of course, foods. There are many national events, tours, and traditional foods such as sufganiyot (donuts) and … Continue reading

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The Jewish bond to Jerusalem

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen made a passionate speech from the House floor about the significance of the archeological discoveries of ancient Jerusalem at the City of David site.  She reaffirmed the Jewish people’s undeniable connection to the holy city as a … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving dinner for 1000 lone soldiers

Each year Israel’s Lone Soldier Center hosts a Thanksgiving Dinner for nearly 1,000 Lone Soldiers from all over the world. This celebration is all about appreciating all the good in our lives and thanking the lone soldiers defending Israel. https://secured.israelgives.org/donate/Thanksgiving

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Turning a “crisis” into a beautiful Shabbat

If you have been upset by malicious reports about the problems on a delayed pre-Shabbat El Al flight LY-002 from New York to Tel Aviv, please read these uplifting accounts (especially the second one) of what really happened. http://www.jewishpress.com/news/us-news/ny/ly-002-passengers-claim-pilot-and-el-al-lied-about-erev-shabbat-flight/2018/11/18/ https://www.collive.com/show_news.rtx?id=53086&alias=i-was-on-fridays-el-al-flight

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Yitzhak Navon

Now that Jerusalem’s Yitzhak Navon railway station is open, this article nicely describes the man who served as Israel’s fifth President from 1978 to 1983, passing away in 2015. His family had lived in Jerusalem for over 300 years and … Continue reading

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Jerusalem Conference of European Rabbis

President Reuven Rivlin hosted the heads of the Conference of European Rabbis – the main Orthodox rabbinical alliance in Europe, comprising over 700 communities. The Chief Rabbi of Moscow presented the Israeli President with a new Talmud, in Russian. https://baltimorejewishlife.com/news/news-detail.php?SECTION_ID=37&ARTICLE_ID=110776

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Israel never gives up

The IDF publicizes its moral obligation to locate all missing personnel, prisoners and fallen whose burial places are unknown. Using new technology, the remains were found of Israel Air Force pilot Lt. Yakir Mordechai Naveh (Leifer) who died when his … Continue reading

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Hatikva – Israel’s National Anthem

Here is a great site for everything you want to know about Israel’s National Anthem – Hatikva.  It includes Hebrew lyrics with English transliteration and translation, plus links to its historical background and 15 unique videos. https://jr.co.il/hatikva.htm

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Israeli series wins International Emmy

The Israeli show Nevsu won the Best Comedy series at the 46th annual International Emmy Awards in New York. Nevsu depicts a marriage between an Ethiopian Israeli man and an Ashkenazi Jewish Israeli woman. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-interracial-comedy-series-wins-international-emmy-award/ https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Israeli-TV-show-Nevsu-wins-International-Emmy-Award-572322

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