Good news vignettes to inspire those who love Israel

Jerusalem’s multi-generational families In an unbroken line since Bible days, Jews have had a direct connection to their land and its capital, Jerusalem. Even during their Dispersion, a remnant remained in the Holy Land. The popular contrary view is that the Jews invaded, from Europe and elsewhere, and stole land from Palestinian Arabs. History tells […]

The time has come

“Therefore, behold, days are coming, says the LORD, when they shall no more say, ‘The LORD lives, Who brought the Children of Israel up from the land of Egypt,’ but rather, ‘The LORD lives, Who brought up and brought back the seed of the House of Israel from the land of the north and from […]

Perilous times echo a new age

In the game of chess, the white piece is moved first. Is that racist? Some weeks ago, a radio reporter in Australia tried interviewing John Adams of the Chess Federation. The reporter suggested chess is racist and wanted to know if Adams believed the game rules should be changed. Adams, an economist, refused the interview, […]

We are all Noah now

Finding parallels between the Bible and life today is the realm of rabbis and ministers, but sometimes even laymen see the obvious: This has been the year when all of us have been isolated like Noah. Of course, we have it somewhat easier. He spent a year adrift at sea. We needn’t deal with sea […]

Everything is in God’s hands

Whatever turmoil we may face, the counsel of God’s Word is, “[C]all on Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you and you will glorify Me” (Ps. 50:15). Three actions between God and man are contained in this verse. This year the world has been going through one of the greatest pandemics in […]

A Muslim journalist unafraid to speak out

Khaled Abu Toameh is a Muslim citizen of Israel and resident of Jerusalem. He has been a journalist here for 37 years, having worked for several major Israeli newspapers, currently The Jerusalem Post. He is also a frequent lecturer and an award-winning documentary-film producer (NBC News [USA], BBC [UK], etc.). Though widely-published and quoted internationally […]

The end of democracy in Israel?

“He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who know understanding” (Daniel 2:21). The news headlines and political speeches warning of the end of democracy in Israel had been relentless for months. Controversy in domestic Israeli politics is nothing new, […]

Pondering the palaces of Palestine

In the 42 years since the founding of LEMA’AN ZION, we have revealed an Israel the world seldom sees. The picture painted by the news media is a different one than the one I see as a resident of Jerusalem. When friends from Canada visited Israel for the first time a few years ago, they […]

An excellent year and an incredible decade

It’s been 10 years since I started collating Good News articles about Israeli innovations, discoveries and achievements. At that time, Israel was still suffering from severe drought, lack of natural resources, major economic problems, global isolation and national despondency. Just look at Israel 10 years later–what an amazing transformation. Per capita it leads the world […]

Were the Jewish forefathers flawed?

Lately I have been pondering the failings of the Jewish forefathers. Each week, as another few chapters of the Torah (the Pentateuch) are read in the synagogue service on Shabbat morning according to the annual cycle, Jews follow the story from Creation through the emergence of the Jewish nation. Many events are sad, some are […]