10 stories of hope from Israel
10 stories of hope from Israel

Israeli firm saving lives in Syria and Gaza An Israeli company, Watergen, which developed life-saving technology to extract water from the air, is installing 10 units in hospitals, clinics and schools in Syria this year. The water generators produce 900 liters of safe, clean water a day, are solar-powered and pollution-free. American intermediaries are handling

A Jerusalem idyll interrupted by alarm
A Jerusalem idyll interrupted by alarm

The Bible and the rabbinic commentators say it is the most beautiful and holiest city on earth. Even the wide-eyed pilgrims at the sightseeing spots, always taking photos with their happy faces in the foreground, say so. Living in Jerusalem, however, isn’t quite as idyllic as visiting. The high price of housing and food, the

From sorrow to joy: 48 hours in Israel
From sorrow to joy: 48 hours in Israel

Two consecutive days on the Israeli calendar, days of commemoration, give insight into the heart and mind of the modern Jewish nation. They convey fundamental values and reflect a unity in Israeli society, despite outward religious and political division the news media routinely publicize. The two days are Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day for the Fallen)

What is this obsession of the world with the Jews and Israel?
What is this obsession of the world with the Jews and Israel?

Why is it that, after New York, the highest concentration of journalists in the world is in Jerusalem? Or, more pointedly, why is there such an unequalled and relentless onslaught of criticism of Israel? And why does the number of attacks on Jews worldwide go up each year? Why is Israel portrayed non-stop as the

The holiest day
The holiest day

In the Jewish calendar, the holiest days are Shabbat (the Sabbath) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). Both are prescribed for Jews by the Torah. Shabbat begins Friday night at sundown, ending Saturday night an hour after sunset. Candles are lit marking the onset of the seventh day. A prayer service is conducted at

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