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Inspiration from Zion: 3 misunderstandings about my Jewish values

Statements from Jews, usually from America, prefaced by “my Jewish values” usually precede some sort of accusation against Israel that has little to do with facts – or an understanding of Jewish values. The basics are really simple, if you take the time to actually look at them:

Inspiration from Zion: Stop Explaining Israel’s Right to Self-Defense

It makes me physically ill to see Jews abroad and even my own government in Israel bend over backward to not seem “too aggressive” to the nations of the world who love to condemn Israel for defending her citizens.

Inspiration from Zion: Honor thy Father and thy Mother that thy days may be...

Yesterday was Father’s Day. The fact that someone thought it was necessary to set aside a specific day for dads shows me that we don’t honor fathers enough in our everyday lives.

Inspiration from Zion: Israel in an Image: This is Why We Do What We...

The IDF didn’t go on a manhunt because they were ordered to. They certainly didn’t do it because it’s fun. They did it because we are one family

Inspiration from Zion: We Won’t Play that Game Anymore

What fuels the violence is European leaders sending the message that Arab violence is only to be expected because Arabs feel wronged by the existence of Israel and her eternal ties to Jerusalem.

Ronen Lubarsky (HY”D)

All our soldiers are precious, every life matters but sometimes you get a glimpse into a life and see a quality of character that is rich in everything we value most – kindness, decency, willingness to work hard and do for others, hope.

Inspiration from Zion: Why are so Many Jews Ignoring the Holiday of Shavuot?

Why do so many Jews barely notice Shavuot? What does this say about us as a people? What does this say about our future? Could we be ignoring this holiday because of what it teaches us?!

Inspiration from Zion: Don’t Tell Me to “Stay Safe”’

Kind, caring people, genuinely concerned people keep saying to me , Stay Safe!" Why do I find this so annoying?

Inspiration from Zion: The US Embassy in Jerusalem and Hamas Riots

The embassy move is important. It is an end to ambivalence, a declaration of understanding that the Jewish people have always been connected to Zion and will never leave. It is up to the rest of the nations of the earth to make the same decision and officially give up the secret, or not so secret hope, that the Jewish people will somehow disappear.

Inspiration from Zion: Thousands of Generations I Dreamt of you, Jerusalem

“Thousands of generations I dreamt of you, to be granted to see the light of your face, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Shine your face to your sons! From your ruins, I will build you!”

Inspiration from Zion: Hero

This is what a hero looks like - an Israeli teenager, still in 12th grade, not yet 18. Service, putting others first, wanting to protect others. These weren’t dreams for Tzur, they were life-goals which he worked hard to fulfill, which he died fulfilling.

Inspiration from Zion: Dancing across the Tightrope

We mourn death and celebrate life, we celebrate life in gratitude and appreciation for those who made it possible for us to live. In Israel, the equation is very clear.

Inspiration from Zion: Operation Thunderbolt

It is this legacy of heroism, leadership, and love that is being turned upside-down. It is the concept of NEVER AGAIN that is being diminished and destroyed by this new movie

Inspiration from Zion: Last Night

The policy laid out by POTUS is a refreshing change: we will help but your destiny is in your hands, no more nation building but at the same time, action in response to evil.

Inspiration from Zion: Free Gaza

When the agenda is to delegitimize and, ultimately destroy Israel, nothing matters. Not truth, not facts. It does not matter that these demonstrations were nothing close to peaceful. It does not matter that the only Gazans killed were males, over 18 years old, active in terrorist organizations. It’s still a 'massacre.'

Inspiration from Zion: Last Request – Rabbi Avichai Rontzki

The last thing Rabbi Rontzki did was to request of the Nation one thing: That when we meet someone during the day, pass someone in the hall, ride in the same elevator etc, we smile and say “HELLO”
The Soul of Israel: The Empowerment of Yaacov

Conversations you Overhear in Israel

Sometimes, in Israel, the conversations you overhear are extraordinary. Sometimes, they break your heart.

Inspiration from Zion: Warriors of the Mind

In one room were gathered people who, each in his or her own way, reflects the light that is Israel. The Hasby Awards are awards like any other, for a group of people that are unlike any other. It is not the awards so much that matter, it is the people

Inspiration from Zion: 3 Principles that Make Inclusion in Israel a Success

Israel is a family. Family doesn’t put members in a closet to make their own lives easier, and families love all of their members, finding the best in each other and helping each other grow. Just as we would not leave one of our own children behind, it would be inappropriate to leave someone else’s child behind – even if he or she needs a little more help to keep up.

Inspiration from Zion: Gun Control: America, Israel and the Chasm in Between

In Israel gun control is very strict and most Israelis are against easy access to guns. Israelis tend to be dumbfounded by American attitude towards guns – we see guns as necessary tools to be used to defend lives, nothing else. They are not toys for collecting or weekend entertainment and hunting is not considered a sport or cool.

Inspiration from Zion: Purim: Not to Speak is to Speak

Purim tells us about the power of one person to change the fate of our people. Esther is not described as particularly brilliant or talented. She is just a woman, with a big heart who, with courage and feminine intuition, changed the world.

Inspiration from Zion: 3 Things to Know About Israeli hospitals

Health is a great equalizer. In Israeli hospitals, religious Jews and religious Muslims are treated side by side. The medical staff consists of Israelis of all backgrounds: Sabra Israelis, new immigrants from Russia, America, South America, and Argentina, Ethiopian Jews, Arab Muslims, Arab Christians… the entire spectrum of the Israeli population can be found in patients and caregivers.

The BOOM I Heard from Haifa

Sick with uncertainty, it was not long before I discovered that an IAF F16 had been shot down. What I had heard was the plane slamming into the ground some 18 kilometers (11 miles) from my home.

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