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Beginning The Journey

The purchase of the Cave of Machpelah is evidently a highly significant event because it is recorded in great detail.

The Undivided Past

In the West, most Jews that non-Jews encounter are not particularly committed to being Jewish.

Why Did Kayin Kill Hevel? (Rabbi Goldin Gets It Wrong)

The Rabbis are not sharing Big Ideas, they're arguing about nothing more than the plain meaning of the verse.

Continuing the Vision

What is in Eretz Israel that draws so much attention? Water? Mineral deposits? Open spaces? Oil? Gold? Diamonds?

Winning the Peace

The world was deeply moved when Arafat waddled up to the UN podium, with his gun, wearing a mismatched cotton rag on his head.

Vatican: Papal Visit to Show IDF ‘Imprisoning’ Christian Population

Fr. Peter Vasko, President of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land (FFHL), heralded Pope Francis’ announcement that he may visit the Holy Land...

Temple Mount Closure And EU Boycott

The capitulation on the Temple Mount leads to the construction halt in Jerusalem.

Fighter Jets…

This morning, the jets have been flying and, child that I am inside, I keep going to my balcony and watching them.

Chabad Emissaries: Torah Forbids Surrendering Land to Enemies

Chabad-Lubavitch movement emissaries in Israel have a mission to encourage Jews to observe Torah.” They remind the government that negotiating with enemies over borders endangers lives of Israelis.

PA Arabs Go to Court to Divide Efrat

When almost no Arabs stake claims to areas that were “state land” under Turkey and Jordan and now Israel, the PA tries to find another way to divide Efrat. It goes to court and claims discrimination.

The Biggest Menorah in the World

We become a “light to the nations” precisely when we are living together in Eretz Yisrael.

It is Great to be Jewish in the Land of Israel

Yishai and Malkah discuss his father's yahrzeit, the approval of Jewish housing in Jerusalem, and Canadian singer Alanis Morissette in Israel.

New Diaspora Religion: Bagelism

Pure Judaism? Without the Land of Israel? Sorry, but that isn’t Judaism. It’s a new religion.

A Black Day for American Jews

Diaspora Jewry should examine their role in Israel's failures to combat Palestinian moves at the UN.

Tevye in the Promised Land, Chapter Twenty: Zichron Ya’acov

With the birth of Hodel's baby, the time had come for Tevye to journey onward. Family was a matter of tantamount importance, but a Jew had an even higher allegiance to God. Had not the Almighty warned that life in the Holy Land must be lived according to the commandments of the Torah? That meant observing the laws of the Sabbath and the holidays, eating kosher food, donning tallit and tefillin, guarding the treasures of marital purity, and observing all of the six-hundred and thirteen commandments – most of which were flagrantly ignored by the young pioneers on the kibbutz.

Attacks on Southern Israel, Raising Jewish Children, and Rain in the Land of Israel

Yishai and Malkah read listener emails, talk about rain in Israel, attacks on southern Israel, and raising children in the Land.

My Response to the Monsey Rabbi

An American orthodox rabbi in Monsey recently wrote a response on Facebook to a post about the importance of living in the Land of Israel. His response was as follows: "You're in exile, too. Last I checked, there is still a mosque on the temple mount, with Arabs shooting rockets [at you].” This is my response to him and to every orthodox Jew who shares that mistaken view.

Over Here, my Rain Is Happy!

Before Shabbat, the Heavens opened with a symphony of thunder and lightning, and the great blessing of rain washed over the Land of Israel in answer to our prayers. Like I do every year with the very first rain, I hurried outside and danced in joy, laughing happily as the raindrops splashed on my face.

Don’t Tell My Wife!

We spent Shabbat in Ashkelon, visiting my wife’s parents. On Motzei Shabbat, my wife stayed in Ashkelon (in the red glare of the rockets fired from Gaza) so that she could take her mother for a medical treatment in the morning. I drove back to Yerushalayim with my children. Along the way, we passed a stretch of fertile farmland. The heavenly rains that had fallen during Shabbat seemed to have awakened the earth, and the pungent aroma of fresh cow manure wafted into the car. My younger boys started gagging and making jokes, the way children do about such things.

I Love Hevron

As part of our effort to attract our beloved, Diaspora readers with honey, rather than to smash them repeatedly over their heads - in the next few blogs, we will travel the length and breadth of Eretz Yisrael, just like our forefather Avraham did in obeying God’s command, “Arise, walk about the Land through its length and breadth! For to you I will give it!”

Wisdom from Fighting for the Land of Israel for 40 Years

Yishai is joined by Lt. Col. Yedidya Atlas to share wisdom gathered from fighting for the Land of Israel for 40 years.  Yedidya also discusses studying at Merkaz HaRav under Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook and the roots of Arutz Sheva, the radio station where Yishai was formerly the Programming Director.

50 Reasons to Make Aliyah

A few readers have written me lately, saying that my blogs are too hard-hitting, and that I would have better results with honey than with smashing people over the head with a sledgehammer. I am not totally convinced

The Secret of Making a Living after Making Aliya

Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda HaKohen Kook said it was like a girl who was set up on a shidduch with a guy whom she knew wasn’t for her. But she didn’t want to embarrass him. So she dressed up in dirty, smelly garments so that he would feel turned off. While he thought that he was rejecting her, in truth, she was rejecting him... Surely, aliyah is the most difficult and challenging mitzvah – the true test of a Jew’s faith in God. But hundreds of thousands of new olim have made it, and so can you.

Marriage and Aliyah, All in Three Days

Yishai is joined by Alan & Leora Katz to discuss their recent marriage and Aliyah to the Land of Israel and also presents a piece from Rabbi Lazar Brody where Rabbi Brody discusses his love of the Land.

Cleverer than God

This Shabbat marks the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Meir Kahane, may Hashem avenge his murder. To honor his memory, our next two blogs will feature essays he wrote for The Jewish Press, which appear in the incomparably thought-provoking collection of his articles, “Beyond Words.” May his memory be for a blessing.

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