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Outstanding immigrants

Seven Olim received the 2022 Sylvan Adams Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize for their contributions to the State of Israel (see previous years). They include Prof. Eidelman (Neonatology and much more), Prof. Hartstein (Opthomology in Ethiopia), and Asher Friedman (Israeli-Emirati … Continue reading

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Aliyah increased by 128% in 5782

The Jewish state absorbed 60,000 new citizens during the Jewish year 5782 – a 128% increase compared with 2021, when 28,500 Jews came on Aliyah. The majority went to the cities of Tel Aviv, Haifa, Netanya, and Jerusalem. https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/aliyah-israel/jewish-year-of-5782-sets-2-decade-record-in-aliyah-to-israel/2022/09/19/ https://www.jpost.com/aliyah/article-717539

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Five red heifers

Many religious Jews have been waiting for the rare appearance of a red heifer – a cow with entirely brownish red hair, required for the purification process prior to service in the final Temple. Five kosher red heifers have just … Continue reading

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Population statistics

Israel’s population grew by 187,000 (2%) in the last Jewish year, including some 177,000 babies. The average life expectancy for males is now 80.5 years, whereas for females it is 84.6 years – one of the world’s highest. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/b1ykzxpzs

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Aliyah at 101

Another example of it never being too late to make Aliyah. Stellah Rokoff is 101 years young. Born in Jerusalem, her family left pre-state Israel for the USA in 1926, when she was five. Israel has changed a bit in … Continue reading

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209 Ethiopians arrive

A flight carrying 209 olim (new immigrants) from Ethiopia, including 41 children and toddlers, landed at Ben Gurion Airport as part of Operation Tzur Yisrael (Rock of Israel) to bring Ethiopia’s Jewry to Israel. They will celebrate Rosh Hashanah together … Continue reading

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Preparing for the New Year in Jerusalem

The Real Jerusalem Streets were filled last week with the sounds of pre-New Year prayers (Selichot). They take place not only at synagogues but also at the International Conference Center and even in Jerusalem’s public parks. http://rjstreets.com/2022/09/18/sounds-of-selihot-fill-jerusalem-streets/

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Japanese Christian supporters

Members of the Makuya Japanese Christian group came to Jerusalem to show support for Israel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXVzp6LRT-I

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A kosher hotel in Jerusalem

Nothing surprising here, you may think.  But this building in the Old City of Jerusalem was once a Jewish kosher hotel, right up to the 1930s as can be seen from the grooves where mezuzahs used to be.  And after … Continue reading

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Israeli wines have a bright outlook

Two prominent articles on Israeli wines in the latest issue of the prestigious Wine Spectator magazine. https://www.winespectator.com/articles/a-bright-outlook-for-israel-tasting-report-on-israeli-wines-101522 https://www.winespectator.com/articles/alphabetical-guide-to-the-wines-of-israel-101522

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