8
Jul

The Three Weeks

(Photo: IFCJ)

(Photo: IFCJ)

This weekend we entered a period of mourning known as the Three Weeks, which begins and ends with two important fasts that commemorate the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Until moving to Israel I dreaded this period, since the two fasts fall during the hottest time of the year. Yet, as an observant Jew, I did my duty and fasted for both days, while waiting anxiously for the Three Weeks to end so I could shake off the mourning blues and slide back into some summer fun.

But since moving to Israel, my view of the Three Weeks has changed. It has become a time of hope and longing, as opposed to frustration and dread. I remember my first Tisha B’Av – the second of the two fasts which falls on the day both Temples…

   
Posted in: Ami Farkas / holidays / Israel
1
Jul

Operation Yonatan

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the grave of his brother Yoni. Yonatan “Yoni” Netanyahu fell in service to his country while leading the daring raid on Entebbe – 39 years ago this Saturday. Watch the above video about this daring rescue mission that found Yoni giving his life to save the lives of over a hundred hostages.

Posted in: Entebbe / IDF / Israel
25
Jun

This Is My Truth

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Since the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) report on Operation Protective Edge was released this week, many who stand with Israel have spoken up against it. But today, Israel Hayom provides a mouthpiece for actual IDF soldiers who were on the ground, who faced an immoral enemy, and who acted morally as they defended their homeland, the Holy Land:

Shmul went on to share his experience from last summer’s Gaza war: “During Operation Protective Edge, we were sent to Gaza. We were supposed to go in on a Friday, but they made us wait because they said there were still civilians in the area.

“After we received permission to enter, Hamas waited for us in Shujaiyya, using civilians as human shields and hiding in hospitals and kindergartens. About…

   
Posted in: Gaza / Hamas / IDF
22
Jun

Israeli Gymnasts Medal at 2015 European Games

(Photo: wikicommons/cdephotos)

(Photo: wikicommons/cdephotos)

Congratulations to the athletes of the Israeli team at this year’s European Games at Baku. The Algemeiner reports that Israeli gymnasts won silver and bronze medals:

Israeli athletes marked a successful day on Sunday, as gymnasts won multiple bronze and silver medals in the 2015 European Games in Baku.

The Gymnastics team won two silver medals and one bronze in group events, while Neta Rivkin, an Israeli Olympic gymnast, won bronze for the Solo Hoops event.

Sunday’s gymnastics wins follow Sergey Richter’s bronze on June 16 for the Men’s 10 meter air-rifle, and Ilana Kratysh’s silver for women’s freestyle wrestling.

Posted in: 2015 / Algemeiner / Baku
18
Jun

Open Your Eyes About Gaza

Israel’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has posted this humorous cartoon, showing the not-so-funny truth about the terrorists who use Gaza as their home base.

Posted in: cartoon / Gaza / Hamas