12
Jun

More Than Just a Soup Kitchen

By Ami Farkas

Every morning at 7:30a.m., the 4Zion-funded soup kitchen Carmei Hair opens its doors to welcome in the poorest of Jerusalem’s population. Many of those standing at the entrance in the early morning hours waiting eagerly for the doors to open have slept on park benches or the sidewalk, and during the winter they sometimes walk into 4Zion’s warm and friendly soup kitchen nearly frozen.

After breakfast is served, the kitchen staff goes into high gear in preparation for lunch, when nearly 300 people pass through their doors hungry, only to leave well-fed and relieved from their pain, if only for a short time.

Uzi, who was born in Jerusalem and whose family goes back seven generations in the Holy City, is one of the more unfortunate of the city’s poor. He has no roof over his head, and…

   
Posted in: Help / Poverty / Soup Kitchen
11
Jun

Bedside Blessings

AmiAmichai Farkas

What does it mean to walk in the way of the Lord? How can we, as human beings, emulate the ways of God? One of the simplest ways I have found is by reflecting His beautiful characteristics. Just as God is merciful, so too we are commanded to be merciful. Just as God is kind, so too we are commanded to act with kindness. And when we review the course of any day, we find many opportunities laid out for us in which we have a choice to be merciful to others or not, to treat others with compassion and kindness or not.

So when I heard from my cousins recently that my aunt was diagnosed with leukemia, I paid her a visit and spent an afternoon by her bedside sharing family stories, looking at family albums together,…

   
Posted in: Ami Farkas / Biblical Reflections / Learn
10
Jun

Group of Young Iranians Meets with Holocaust Survivors

(Photo: Torsten Stahlberg)

(Photo: Torsten Stahlberg)

Here’s an amazing article about a group of young people of Iranian descent who met with Holocaust survivors in Haifa, Israel, and came away transformed by theexperience:

Team Leader Darius Zrian knelt before [Holocaust survivor Shoshana] Kolmer and said, “It is a privilege and a great honor for us to hear about your life. It is difficult to accept and understand what happened to you and the other people who experienced the Holocaust. Perhaps only God can.”

He said that as a child, he was raised to hate Israel. “I am from Hamadan in southern Iran. Every morning at school the day was opened with the shout, “Death to Israel.” Only years later when I became a Christian, I realized it was the religious land of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I’m very…

   
Posted in: Iran / Learn / The Holocaust
7
Jun

Alicia Keys Stands Up To BDS Movement

352px-Alicia_Keys_at_the_Summer_Sonic_Festival_cropAlicia Keys is the latest celebrity targeted by anti-Israel activists from the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which include Alice Walker and Roger Waters. Despite calls from the movement to cancel her upcoming performance in Tel Aviv on July 4th, Keys has confirmed she plans to go ahead with her scheduled concert. Good work for standing up to those anti-Israel bullies!

I look forward to my first visit to Israel. Music is a universal language that is meant to unify audiences in peace and love, and that is the spirit of ourshow,” Keys said in a statement Friday to the New York Times.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and activist, Alice Walker, and Pink Floyd member, RogerWaters, had beseeched Keys BDSto boycott the Jewish state.

Waker had wrote an open letter to Keys stating, “It would grieve me to know you are putting yourself in…

   
Posted in: Apartheid / BDS / Hot Button Issues
6
Jun

The Come Back Frog

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The first amphibian to have been officially declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has been rediscovered in the north of Israel after some 60 years and turns out to be a unique ‘living fossil’, without close relatives among other living frogs.

The Hula painted frog was first discovered in the Hula Valley of Israel in the early 1940′s but was thought to have disappeared following the drying up of the Hula Lake at the end of the 1950′s. It was declared extinct by the IUCN in 1996 and as a result, the opportunity to discover more about this species’ history, biology and ecology was thought to have disappeared.

However, a team of Israeli, German and French researchers now report in the scientific journal ‘Nature Communications’ on an in-depth…

   
Posted in: Israel / Learn / Nature