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Weekly Torah Portion: The Land of Israel as a Heritage

The following is a taste of our Israel Bible Reading Plan. Follow the weekly portion with summaries, insights and lively conversation. To register, click here. Last week’s portion left Moses greatly discouraged. Not only did Pharaoh not release the Israelites from bondage, he made things…

Lashon Hakodesh- The Origins of the Holy Language

It is believed that in the earliest age of man, that time before antiquity, when history began, everyone in the world could understand one another. In the book of Genesis, the bible states that the whole world spoke one language. This means that even travelers…

Colorful and Creative: The Work of Tamar Messer

  Anyone who has been to Israel – or has even seen pictures – knows that the Land is renowned for its beauty and vibrancy. There’s something about color in Israel: it’s just brighter, deeper and more real. From the verdant forests, grassy peaks and…

Je-wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

At this time of year, many Jews struggle with finding the right message to teach our kids about Christmas. Even something as harmless as wishing neighbors and coworkers a ‘Merry Christmas’ makes some Jews uncomfortable. Raising proud Jewish children in America is no easy task…

Saying Goodbye to Ezra at the Airport

It is not uncommon to find people saying farewell in an airport. People hug each other. Sometimes you will see people wiping away tears. Saturday night was totally different. A thousand people came to the airport to say goodbye to Ezra Schwartz, who was being flown…

When Terror Hits Close to Home

Whenever, wherever terror strikes, it is painful. We hurt for victims in Paris as well as Jerusalem, and the steady stream of attacks reported is a constant reminder of our vulnerability. But Thursday’s attack in Gush Etzion hit just a little bit closer to home…