Candian indie-rock star Menno Versteeg has chosen an unusual location to film his upcoming music video ”So It Goes.” Verstag and his band, Hollerado, have been filming in various locations around Holland, including the Oranjehotel, a prison where Versteeg’s grandfather, along with many other Jews, where held six decades ago. Virtual Jerusalem tells the story:
Not many music videos double as documentaries about incredible Holocaust stories. But then again, not many bands have stories like the one Hollerado’s Menno Versteeg’s grandfather passed down to him.
Versteeg, the singer for Canadian indie band Hollerado, spoke to The Huffington Post about “So It Goes,” the song he wrote about his grandfather Karel Versteeg, a member of the Dutch resistance during World War II. The senior Versteeg was captured and imprisoned in 1942, but saved from execution by a sympathetic Nazi soldier.
In a monologue at the start of…
Shalom is perhaps one of the best known Hebrew words, but it might also be one of the most misunderstood. This is because shalom is most often translated into English as “peace,” and while the definition of peace certainly overlaps the definition of shalom, the true, biblical concept of shalom is much more expansive.
We most often think of peace as the absence of conflict or war. But shalom is drawn from the root Hebrew word shalame, which means wholeness or completeness, indicating the presence of something good and fulfilling and divine.
This concept of completeness connotes the coming together of diverse parts into a cohesive whole. This isn’t just a “peaceful coexistence” that usually involves two or more differing factions who dislike each other and perhaps even want to harm each other but mutually agree not to. True shalom implies that the different parties are purposely setting aside differences, agreeing to see the good in each other,…
Jonathan suffers from a genetic disease that affects his joints, skin, and blood vessels, and causes him to bruise easily. Because of his condition, he can’t sit for more than half an hour at a time.
Thankfully, 4Zion-sponsored Gan Chamah, a school for underprivileged and disabled children, bought him special equipment to make studying easier. They also developed a special schedule of study for him, including math, Russian, literature, Hebrew, Jewish tradition, and computer studies.
Jonathan is a very talented writer. The lessons on Russian language and literature greatly assisted him in this passion. From 2007 till 2009 Jonathan took part in a competition for young journalists in Russia. Each time he won the top prize. In…
America’s favorite physician, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and “America’s Rabbi,” Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, recently wrapped up a ten-day journey through the Holy Land that included visits to some of Israel’s most important sites, such as Yad Vashem, the Dead Sea, and Masada.
Also on the agenda was a visit to the world’s largest and most advanced fortified hospital at the Rambam Medical Center campus in Haifa. The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and 4Zion are proud to have funded several projects at Rambam, including the construction of two protected operating rooms, the purchase of five ICU beds, and funding for the new Pediatric Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Oz, the Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon who hosts The Dr. Oz Show, toured the Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground…
The short and powerful documentary One Wish for Iran, Love Israel highlights the shared humanity of Israelis and Iranians, which rises above the conflict that usually defines the countries’ tense relationship. In man-on-the-street interviews, Israelis offer an olive branch to Iranian citizens – and an invitation for coffee.