10 journalists from Germany

A visit by 10 journalists from Germany on July 3 in our Jerusalem home. Deutschlandradio, Westdeutscher Rundfunk and major print media (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Der Spiegel, Stern, Die Zeit, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and others) were represented. The group was led by Carsten Ovens (center), Executive-Director of ELNET Deutschland (European Leadership Network). Dr. Herbert Hillel Goldberg shared […]

Why don’t you support Israel?

When Stephen Harper, 60, served as Canada’s prime minister (2006-2015), he shocked the diplomatic world with his outspoken support for Israel. That stand likely cost Canada a seat on the UN Security Council in 2010. It was a controversial stand, and not one that yielded much political capital domestically, either. Out of Canada’s population of […]

Seeing and not seeing

On June 20 this year, Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom (1991-2013), addressed the upper house of parliament, the House of Lords. Eloquently and in few words, the famous British theologian, author and politician drew on a great irony of modern history and warned against Europe’s rapid descent into moral bankruptcy. […]

God’s odd choice

Forty years ago, I opened a book by the Christian theologian Francis Schaeffer and was struck by a quotation from the British journalist William Norman Ewer (1885-1977): How odd of God To choose the Jews The mocking tone of the epigram seemed to suggest God had made a mistake. Schaeffer added these words, which are […]

“Say Little, Do Much”

The saying above is by the Jewish sage Shammai (Pirke Avot 1:15), who lived in Israel at the time of Jesus. It’s akin to the English expression, “actions speak louder than words.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel has visited the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on several occasions and participated in official wreath-laying ceremonies there. […]

What’s the reason for the rage?

At around three in the morning on June 10, fifty heavily armed Fulani Islamists on motorbikes and in pick-up trucks rode into the mostly-Christian Dogon village of Sobame Da in the West African nation of Mali and began to burn everything in sight. Straw-thatched huts, shops and sheds were set ablaze. Any of the helpless […]

Change in an unchanging world

When I was decades younger, I recall older people lamenting how the “world today” had changed from when they were young. Now I’m one of them and grumble about change the same as they did. Then again, some things haven’t changed. Perhaps I’m just more aware of contradictions, absurdities and outrages. • Opening a social-media […]

Israel: Three miracles of God

In all areas of human existence, God led His chosen people to superlatives through their readiness to serve, perseverance and mission. That applies worldwide in the proclamation of faith, in science, medicine and technology, and in agriculture. This even became a proof for the reliability of the Bible. The devout Prussian General Hans Joachim von […]

Governor Huckabee’s words of comfort to Israel

In many nations, a politician speaking in religious terms would be ridiculed. Most only want to be seen going to church at Christmas. But some politicians are proud of their faith and proclaim it readily, especially with regard to Israel. Mike Huckabee, 62, became a Southern Baptist minister in 1972, pastored two churches from 1980 […]

Do Jews have too much power and influence?

If there is one accusation against the Jews that has prevailed for millennia, it is that they have too much power and influence. From Pharaoh to Hitler to US Congressmen today, there have always been anti-Semites who have justified their Jew-hatred by claiming the Jews have too much power. The Jews control the banks (money), […]