This week a new IDF Chief of Staff took on the responsibility of leading our military, defending our legacy and protecting our future. Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, Israel’s 22nd IDF Chief of General spoke of his responsibility and vision, defining his role and that of the IDF in a way I have never heard before.
And because his was a life of symbolism, his parents gave him a name that means everything: Ami-ad Israel--My Nation forever, Israel.
Hanukah is a celebration of Jewish nationalism (which does not exist without God) and not a holiday of religious holiness although there are some prayers that are specifically associated with Hanukah. It similar to celebrating Israel’s Independence Day which also commemorates the victory of a tiny group of stubborn Jews fighting for sovereignty and freedom, against an enemy much more powerful and well equipped and – by the grace of God – WINNING.
The calendar may have changed but the events are unfortunately familiar--another attack, another ceasefire.
Sir Ben Kingsley, promised Elie Wiesel, the voice of morality and Holocaust Memory that he would, at the next appropriate opportunity, take on a role and dedicate it to him – and that is exactly what he did.
What kind of modern child would willingly put down their phone, turn off the tv and go outside to sweat in the sun? What for? They don’t know what hard work is and why in the world would they want to do any kind of physical labor? There is no necessity that could drive them, no demand. It could never happen. Or at least that’s what the founders of the Shomer HaChadash Youth Movement were told.
The new law sparked an uproar, mostly within the Jewish world. The question is, why? Is there something wrong with the law? In order to address these questions, we must first examine the content of the law. It is short and written in very clear language.
The excellent employment opportunity was not enough to stave off the terrorist's hate. He preferred to murder Jews than to continue working there. The Palestinian Authority will pay him handsomely for the blood of Kim and Ziv.
Indigeneity is the strongest claim any People can have to any specific land: this specific piece of land and no other is the ancestral homeland of my People.
Every Jew murdered is Ari Fuld. Every Jew alive is Ari Fuld – whether they know it or not. Now that Ari is no longer here, it is our responsibility to carry on where he left off.
While UK’s Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn honors terrorists that committed this atrocity, repeated attempts to give the slaughtered Israeli athletes the recognition they are due, have fallen on deaf ears.
Children’s thoughts about colors should not be dictated by a terrorist organization. Children should be free to play outside, free to walk from their home to visit a friend, without having to worry about where the closest bomb shelter is.
We all know the war is coming. It’s only a question of when. We actually had thought it was going to happen earlier but whatever is happening behind the scenes on the political level is keeping the attacks on a low flame rather than a full-blown war.
Kite firebombs don’t sound like a real threat. Balloons sound even sillier (especially when the balloons are made from inflated condoms) but this is no game. The kites and balloons have been found up to 25 miles from Gaza,
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?!
Kind, caring people, genuinely concerned people keep saying to me , Stay Safe!" Why do I find this so annoying?
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.
“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!”
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.