Today is Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in June 1967. Let’s reflect on the Jewish people’s unbreakable bond with this sacred city that combines diversity with harmony, and modernity with history.
This is incredible! Check out this man playing Hatikvah, the Israeli anthem, on his shofar (ram’s horn).
Check out this fascinating sample reel for the Playmount Productions documentary Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air Force. Though the film is still forthcoming, this short clip shows the inspiring courage and passion behind the Israeli Air Force.
From the producer’s website:
In 1948, a group of World War II pilots, mostly from America, volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of “Machal” – volunteers from abroad – this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war, preventing the possible annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth; they also laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force.
And for even more on Above and Beyond, read here.
This past Saturday night, bonfires lit the skies here in Israel and smoke filled the air. The sounds of music, laughter, and the occasional burst of fireworks made sure no one fell asleep before the early morning hours. The celebrations were in honor of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, whose legacy includes the richest mystical writings ever to be recorded.
Weeks before the day of Rabbi Shimon’s passing, kids of all ages pile up dry wood in preparation for the bonfires. The fires that we ignite on the day of Rabbi Shimon’s passing represent the beauty and wisdom of the Torah, which lights the way for the righteous. All schools, both orthodox and secular, are called…
Israel’s incredible innovations never cease to amaze us! A Jerusalem based company, SunDwater, has invented a low cost, solar-powered water distiller that can convert contaminated or salty water into fresh, drinkable water. This is especially vital for small remote communities in Africa and South America where hundreds of thousands of people struggle to find clean drinking water. Watch the video below to find out more!