Ever since the video of American journalist Steven Sotloff’s beheading became public, I have not been able to shake the image of Steven kneeling before the camera in an orange jumpsuit, as a knife-wielding psychopath dressed in black threatens the free world before murdering an innocent man against the backdrop of a desert landscape. I was shocked and deeply disturbed when the beheading of the other American journalist, James Foley, came out, but something about the images of Steven Sotloff’s murder at the hands of ISIS refused to leave my mind.
I had this gut feeling that I must have met Steven at one time, but I couldn’t remember where or when. The truth is, though I’m certain I never met James Foley, I feel like I know him. We both grew up in the…
Earlier this year, 4Zion told you about Chloe Valdary, a young woman who has courageously taken a stand for the Jewish state and its people, even when her peers disagree and even attack her. Now The Times of Israel brings this piece on Ms. Valdary, a brave new voice for Israel:
Growing up in New Orleans, Chloe Valdary kept kosher, studied the Jewish Bible and celebrated Jewish holidays with festive meals. In recent years she has become an outspoken pro-Israel campus activist, contributing regularly to the Jewish press, and speaking and posting widely about the merits of the Jewish state on social media.
But the senior at the University of New Orleans is not Jewish. She is Christian — a member of the Intercontinental Church of God, whose adherents revere…
The Maccabeats’ latest video, shot in New York City and Jerusalem, is a medley of 12 songs about home. What a great celebration of the ceasefire and return to relative peace in the Holy Land.
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.
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…