Rabbi Eckstein’s biography, The Bridge Builder, is out today! Enjoy another sneak peek from this compelling book about the rabbi’s life and continuing legacy, and then order your very own copy today.
Eckstein found another way to contribute to the fight – one that did a great deal to establish him in Israel. A few months after he moved to Jerusalem, the Second Intifada broke out. It had been simmering since the 1995 Oslo Accords, in which Arafat agreed to recognize Israel in return for Palestinian autonomy in most of the West Bank and Gaza. The deal was billed as a prelude to peace, but it didn’t work out that way.
Instead, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish fanatic, who was furious at the terms of the deal. The Palestinians, for their part, sent terrorists…
Last week, violence erupted in Israel once again. But this time the perpetrators were not Muslim extremists.
In one incident, a knife-wielding lunatic attacked demonstrators at the Gay Parade in Jerusalem, leaving one sixteen-year-old girl dead and several others wounded. The perpetrator was a Jew who just gotten out of jail after serving a ten-year sentence for attacking demonstrators at a 2005 Gay Parade.
In another horrific act of terror, Jewish extremists firebombed a Palestinian home in the West Bank and a toddler was burned to death.
The fact that these horrific acts of terror were carried out by Jews shocked our country. We’re used to hearing about Muslim terror, not Jewish terror. This news made every Israeli shudder in anger and disgust.
Over the weekend, thousands of Israelis demonstrated against this latest wave of violence perpetrated by our own brethren….
We have all watched with grief as Syria’s bloody civil war has continued year after deadly year. A new Washington Post article highlights the The Fellowship‘s efforts to give a helping hand to a population that has been a victim of the ongoing violence in Syria — Druze refugees who are currently finding safe haven in Jordan:
At first glance, there is nothing surprising about the recent visit by a small group of Druze spiritual leaders to the tiny, crooked house of Mohana Abu Zen El Din and his extended family just outside the Jordanian capital, Amman.
The family — two brothers, their wives, children and grandchildren — are Syrian Druze refugees who fled the ongoing violence in their country two years ago. They have been unable to support themselves in Jordan, and the religious…
This week, Rabbi Eckstein and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) with dozens of Druze students who were awarded Fellowship-funded scholarships:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Monday in the Knesset with dozens of Druze students who had been awarded scholarships from the fund in memory of the late Maj. Salim Shufi.
Notable participants to the event were Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara (Likud), the mayor of Majdal Shams, MK Avi Dichter (Likud), International Fellowship of Christians and Jews President and CEO Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Dov Tamari.
Like so many Israelis, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu grew up early, joining the IDF to protect the Holy Land. However, at the time Netanyahu enlisted, he was a high school student in the United States. Recently, four former classmates of the prime minister sent him the yearbook he missed when he joined the Israeli military:
The Philadelphia Daily News reported classmates from Cheltenham High School’s Class of 1973 sent Netanyahu his 1967 yearbook.
Netanyahu left school around the time of the Six Day War in June 1967 and joined the Israel Defense Forces, causing him to miss out on graduation and his yearbook…