27
Aug

Video: Iron Dome Intercepts 15 Terrorist Rockets at Once

In the above video, Israel’s Iron Dome defense system does its job, intercepting 15 terrorist rockets as sirens wail and residents look skyward. We thank God for the protection He has granted the Holy Land and its people during this terrifying time.

Posted in: IDF / Iron Dome / Israel
20
Aug

Why I Support Israel

(Photo: wikicommons/ א.ינאי)

(Photo: wikicommons/ א.ינאי)

As so many place blame on Israel for this current conflict, as even the United Nations prepares to charge the Jewish state with war crimes for defending itself, it is encouraging when others voice their support for Israel and her people. Musician and songwriter David Draiman hopes that someday the particularly common and egregious falsities about the Israel he loves will be corrected:

I have just returned from my brother’s wedding in Jerusalem. They were lucky enough to have the wedding take place during another short-lived cease-fire, which was of course purposefully and intentionally broken by Hamas, again, just as I was leaving the country.

Seeing my family — my brother, Ben, and his new family, my grandmother (a blind woman, well into her late 80′s who had herself…

   
Posted in: Anti-Israel Bias / David Draiman / Gatestone Institute
13
Aug

Aliyah and Redemption

(Photo: ASHERNET/Shahar Azran)

(Photo: ASHERNET/Shahar Azran)

Aliyah,” which literally means “ascension,” is the Hebrew word used to describe immigration to Israel; newly arrived immigrants are called “olim,” or “those who have ascended” to the Holy Land. In cases of Jews fleeing persecution in the former Soviet Union or the threat of anti-Semitic violence in France and Germany, the ascension to Israel is self-evident. However, for Jews living comfortably in the U.S. and Canada, where Jewish life is thriving, the choice to move to Israel is not always as clear.

And so, when planeloads of North American olim arrive at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport it is a cause for special celebration, since these newcomers left countries where Jews have been welcomed more than anywhere else in the Jewish people’s long history of exile. And yet, they…

   
Posted in: Aliyah / Ami Farkas / Canada
8
Aug

“Honorable Woman” Maggie Gyllenhaal Learns She Has a Hebrew Name

(Photo: wikicommons/ Mutari)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Mutari)

Maggie Gyllenhaal – the star of The Honorable Woman, a Sundance/BBC spy thriller about an Israeli woman – recently learned that her first name is not really Maggie, but rather a Hebrew one:

Maggie Gyllenhaal, who recently —at the age of 36—discovered that her real name is Margalit.

Margalit is Hebrew for pearl, and it is used in Israel as both a first and a last name …

She discovered that her name was actually Margalit when she asked her parents to find her birth certificate so she could take care of bureaucratic requirements involved in her legally taking on the last name of her husband, actor Peter Sarsgaard.

Gyllenhaal, who currently stars in “The Honorable Woman,” a BBC and Sundance spy thriller miniseries about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,…

   
Posted in: American Jews / entertainment / Hebrew
4
Aug

Tisha B’Av

(Photo: ASHERNET)

(Photo: ASHERNET)

The summer is never an easy time for the Jewish people. Two fast days, separated by the “Three Weeks,” are observed as the mourning period for the first and second Temples that once stood gloriously on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The second of the fasts, known as Tisha B’Av, or the Ninth of the Jewish month of Av, begins at sundown tonight, and is the day on which the first and second Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed.

It is no coincidence that both Temples were destroyed on the same day, since according to Jewish tradition, the Ninth of Av was also the day on which the calamitous episode of the Twelve Spies occurred. Moses had sent the twelve spies to scope out the Land of Canaan prior to entering the Promised…

   
Posted in: Ami Farkas / Fast of Av / Israel