Happy Shavuot

Shavuot - The Jewish festival of Weeks, also known as Pentecost, celebrates the first time in history that the Jewish people were united. They were described in the singular when receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai. This year, Jews are again united in defending Israel against terrorists and antisemitism.

Demonstrating unity

Hundreds of Jews and Arabs marched for coexistence near Jerusalem between the Arab town of Abu Ghosh and the Jewish community of Mevaseret Zion. Pro-unity demonstrations also took place in Haifa and the Jezreel Valley. At Israeli hospitals, Jewish and Arab medics sang together in favor of peace.

$1 million to match Israel’s emergency donations

Last week, philanthropists Mark and Erica Gerson matched all donations to Israeli Emergency Medical NGO United Hatzalah up to $1 million.

Israel – an island of sanity in testing times

Great article by Israel21c Editor Nicky Blackburn.

Jerusalem Day

Jacob Richman’s resources for Sun/Mon Jerusalem Day include a Trivia Quiz, 7,000 photos, 108 videos, 55 songs and 230 relevant website links. Also, KKL-JNF has released never-before-seen photos of Jerusalem. And (TY Sharon) The city itself prepares for the big day.  Yom Yerushalayim Sameach!

Israeli dedicates goal to Meron victims

On Sunday, Israel’s Shon Weissman, scored a goal for Spanish soccer club Real Valladolid, which he then dedicated to the 45 victims of the Mount Meron tragedy. Instead of celebrating, Weissman repeatedly gestured with his fingers the numbers 4 and 5 and pointed to the heavens.

Jerusalem as never seen before

Artist Eitan Asraf has produced this unique film in time for Jerusalem Day. He spotlights the sacred, quaint and chic; famous and lesser-known sites and the timeless melting pot of Israeli culture and society. Bird’s-eye views, sunrises, sunsets and the seasons. Jerusalem - the center of the world.

Ancient lamp found in Jerusalem

Archaeologists discovered a rare bronze oil lamp, shaped like a grotesque face that was cut in half, during excavations in Jerusalem’s City of David National Park. It seems to have been placed in the foundations of a building on Pilgrimage Road, to bring good fortune to the building’s residents.

The prolific scribe of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Artificial Intelligence used by Dutch scientists has identified that a single scribe was responsible for eight of the 2000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in Israel’s Qumran caves. It makes him the most prolific sofer ever identified.

IDF helps survivor celebrate 100th birthday

Shoah survivor Yisrael just celebrated his 100th birthday. He survived the Transnistria Ghetto and then fought with the Red Army against the Germans during World War II. Watch as IDF Home Front Command soldiers surprised him and enlisted him as an honorary IDF Officer.