Fallen Soldier Ben Zussman’s Remarkable Final Letter to his Family

Fallen Soldier Ben Zussman’s Remarkable Final Letter to his Family

Earlier today, on my daily morning walk, I was trying to figure out what to post in order to express the paralyzing grief felt across Israel this Yom HaZikaron. And then I noticed a book being given away: “Eternal Light: 49 Stories of Heroism from the Swords of Iron War.”* So I took a copy, […]

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Israel at the Eurovision: From Loud Boo’s to 2nd Place

Israel at the Eurovision: From Loud Boo’s to 2nd Place

Something incredible happened yesterday that makes me feel like we in Israel just got the hugest hug from the world. And I personally find this hug so deeply comforting since it came right before tonight’s searingly painful Israeli Memorial Day, with so many new victims of terror and fallen soldiers to mourn for since October […]

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Good News from Rehab Ward for Soldiers

Good News from Rehab Ward for Soldiers

Reserve Sgt. Shilo Oren celebrated yesterday with the Ichilov hospital staff that treated his injuries with such dedication over the five long months since he was seriously injured in Gaza. Saluting the medical professionals healing our heroes, with Hashem’s help!  Shavua tov!

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A Love Song for Israel performed by Yonina

A Love Song for Israel performed by Yonina

love all of Yonina’s songs, but this one really touched my heart. Especially in these challenging times, it moved me to see their unwavering (and unwaver-able) love of Israel, “no matter what happens.” May Hashem watch over Yoni and all the IDF soldiers, and may peace return to this Holy Land. Shabbat SHALOM! Translated Lyrics: […]

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Go, Eden, Go!

Go, Eden, Go!

The Eurovision song contest was viewed last year by 162 million people, making it one of the most-watched non-sporting events in the world. This year’s Israeli representative, 20-year-old Eden Golan, hasn’t had an easy time of it. Her song about October 7th was originally called October Rain, but the Eurovision rejected that title because it […]

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Holocaust Survivors’ Messages of Hope for the Hostages

Holocaust Survivors’ Messages of Hope for the Hostages
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Chizuk Blitz

Chizuk Blitz
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My Heartfelt Rafah Prayer

My Heartfelt Rafah Prayer

This year I have been studying Rabbi Kosowsky’s book “DMC: Deep Meaningful Conversation-The Amida” which has revolutionized my Amidah, adding profound meaning and kavanah to every nook and cranny of my formerly rushed and blah Shemonah Esreh. At the beginning of the war, I read about the Amida prayer regarding enemies (ולמלשינים אל תהי תקוה […]

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A Yom HaShoah Mazal Tov

A Yom HaShoah Mazal Tov

  At 10 AM this morning at Ashdod’s Assuta Hospital the delivery-room staff stood in silence to honor the 6 million Jews murdered in the Shoah. But their silence was broken by the cry of a newborn baby joined the siren’s wail, a perfect expression of the intense joy intertwined with intense grief of the […]

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When the Souls of the 6 Million Danced

When the Souls of the 6 Million Danced

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach taught that just as the men at a wedding dance backwards as they lead the bride to the chuppah with song… So too did the 6 million dance backwards and sing as they led us, the Jewish people, back to the Western Wall, back to the state of Israel, reborn. May the […]

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