In commemoration of Yom Ha’Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, we’ve published an excerpt of Facing the Challenges of the Holocaust below. You can find the entire chapter here.
The Holocaust, a term taken from the burnt sacrifice that was offered in the temple and that was totally consumed, refers to the systematic slaughter of six million Jews by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis during the period of World War II. Jews at times refer to it as the Shoah, meaning “terrible catastrophe.”
Until recently, there was widespread ignorance and misunderstanding among Americans about the Holocaust. Studies reveal that even those school children who were familiar with the term often were unaware of what it referred to. Some even believed…
In 1986, a former soldier who served in the German Army – the Wehrmacht – during WWII checked himself into an old age home where he revealed a secret that had remained hidden since 1941. A few months prior to his death, Hanns Johst released the negatives to 160 pictures he took with his camera in the Warsaw Ghetto on September 19, 1941. These pictures shed light on the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of Jews living and dying inside the ghetto, while offering a glimpse into the hate-filled mind of an ordinary soldier serving the Wehrmacht.
Johst claimed the pictures were taken on a camera which…
As we approach Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, this coming Sunday (April 7), we remember those that suffered, those that fought, and the millions of Jews and other victims who were brutally and systematically murdered by the Nazis.
Learn more about the Holocaust, read survivor stories, and discover what 4Zion and The Fellowship are doing to help impoverished survivors today on our Holocaust Remembrance Day resources page.
As we remember the six million Jews who were killed, let us join the survivors in saying “We will never forget.”
We spend our lives in search of happiness. Many of us say to ourselves, “If I only had a more important job, or made more money, or had a better marriage, then I would be happy.” But where does the key to happiness really lie?
Surprisingly, a new study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development finds that Israelis are ranked among the happiest and most content people in the Western world. How is it that citizens of this tiny embattled nation, who are plagued by poverty and war, do compulsory army service, and are surrounded by enemies sworn to their destruction, remain happy despite it all?
Allison Kaplan Sommer writes an in interesting op-ed in Haaretz that explains the many possible reasons behind these confounding new survey results. Sommer first approached this question by discussing it with a leading…2096
Saturday marked a huge turning point for Israel’s economy as Israel’s first batch of natural gas, discovered four years ago some 90 km (roughly 56 miles) west of Haifa, began its flow through an underwater pipe from the Tamar gas field. The discovery of natural gas will provide Israel with energy until at least until 2035 and bring Israel a step closer to energy independance:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “This is an important day for Israel’s economy. On the holiday of freedom we are making an important step towards independence in the field of energy.”
He further added, “In the past decade we have pushed the gas industry forward and this will benefit Israel’s economy as well as Israel’s citizens.”
Energy and Water Minister, Silvan Shalom, said in response: “This is Israel’s energy independence day. It is truly a historic event – Israel has received energetic freedom, and gas from Tamar will lead…