Check out this fascinating sample reel for the Playmount Productions documentary Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air Force. Though the film is still forthcoming, this short clip shows the inspiring courage and passion behind the Israeli Air Force.
From the producer’s website:
In 1948, a group of World War II pilots, mostly from America, volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of “Machal” – volunteers from abroad – this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war, preventing the possible annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth; they also laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force.
And for even more on Above and Beyond, read here.
This past Saturday night, bonfires lit the skies here in Israel and smoke filled the air. The sounds of music, laughter, and the occasional burst of fireworks made sure no one fell asleep before the early morning hours. The celebrations were in honor of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, whose legacy includes the richest mystical writings ever to be recorded.
Weeks before the day of Rabbi Shimon’s passing, kids of all ages pile up dry wood in preparation for the bonfires. The fires that we ignite on the day of Rabbi Shimon’s passing represent the beauty and wisdom of the Torah, which lights the way for the righteous. All schools, both orthodox and secular, are called…
Israel’s incredible innovations never cease to amaze us! A Jerusalem based company, SunDwater, has invented a low cost, solar-powered water distiller that can convert contaminated or salty water into fresh, drinkable water. This is especially vital for small remote communities in Africa and South America where hundreds of thousands of people struggle to find clean drinking water. Watch the video below to find out more!
The entire land of Israel is the size of New Jersey. Its highest mountain peaks are dwarfed in comparison to the Swiss Alps, Colorado Rockies, and certainly the Himalayas. Its largest river looks like a stream next to the Yukon or Columbia rivers. And its national parks seem like mere gardens when compared to their American counterparts.
Really though, it’s not the size of the land that makes Israel so special and unique, but the size of the spirit of the people that fill it.
I’ve found that by and large Israelis are a spiritually attuned bunch of people. They tend to be interested in more than attaining comfort and financial security. And lately, it seems that wherever I go I meet fellow Israelis who want to discuss God and are open to sharing…
What are IDF soldiers to do when they come across a Hamas terrorist hiding among innocent children? Israeli soldiers are often faced with the difficult moral dilemma of whether or not to fire at a terrorist, and risk harming innocent Palestinians, or to hold their fire, and allow the terrorists to launch a deadly rocket blindly into Israel, possibly killing Israeli children. These are the kinds of impossible decisions Israeli soldiers are forced to make every day.
The IDF makes extraordinary efforts to separate the terrorists from ordinary civilians and, despite the incredible challenges of fighting terrorists who do everything in their power to harm the innocent, they do their utmost to protect the lives of civilians. Without a doubt, Israel has one of the most moral armies in the world.