There seems to be a whole group of people who have little or no knowledge of early aliyah from America, but who insist on making ridiculous statements about us.
In the 1940's and 1950's, many young American Jews were brought up with the twin goals of living in Eretz Yisrael and replacing the lost Jews murdered in the Holocaust.
I remember my first visit to Israel in 1956. I was attending the first American Bnei Akiva Hachshara training program in Israel.
It is hard for modern day visitors to Israel to imagine some of the situations that immigrants to Israel found 20 and 30 years ago.
Olim in those days left behind all their friends and much of their family, and, unlike today, found it expensive and difficult to be in contact with them.
For the first time in its history, the Orthodox Union held its annual convention in Israel.
By the time you read this article, Arafat will have died, and many will say good riddance.
We in Israel need Nefesh B'Nefesh. Every time this organization brings in another planeload of olim, the welcome is so uplifting, the arrival is so exciting, the emotional high is so stimulating, that several old-timers go to the airport ceremonies just to be reminded how important American and Canadian aliyah is.
Two events that seemed to fit the days before Tisha B'Av happened recently.
I live in a settlement. I wonder when my turn to be expelled will come. The Israeli government encouraged me to move here.
As we see from the reactions of many of the Israeli government ministers, Arik Sharon negotiated with himself and decided that his plan for disengagement was a reasonable plan.
Hundreds of residents of Hashmonaim and the surrounding areas demonstrated against the intention of the Israel Defense Forces to capitulate to the Israeli leftist groups and the local Arabs.
The Yishuv community of Hashmonaim and Yeshivat Bnei Akiva "Ner Tamid" recently celebrated a beautiful Chanukat Habayit dedication of a million-dollar Beit Midrash.
I just watched the news on TV. Another "suicide murderer" blew up a bus in Jerusalem.
When the Jews living in the Gaza Strip are forcibly evicted from their homes, what should be done with the houses?
Chaverim came from every city, town, religious Kibbutz and settlement in Israel.
In Israel, when a politician wants to label the start of a process, he often uses the concept ". . . first!"
It was not easy and it took a long time but recently the Hashmonaim community was finally able to celebrate the dedication of a new ambulance with the latest life-saving features.
In an attempt to undermine the Israeli government, a group of failed Leftist politicians are "negotiating" a peace with several Palestinian Arabs.
Bnei Akiva of North America (and Hashomer Hadati) will be 70 years young this year.