COVID-19 & Rising Anti-Semitism

Pictured above: Someone being dropped off by his mom at an anti-Semitic rally in Ohio in the U.S. By: Netanel R. It may come as no surprise that with a bunch of people stuck at … Read More

We Remember: Yom HaShoa to Yom HaZikaron

By: Netanel R. “And the LORD said, ‘What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground.’” (Genesis 4:10) In Israel, we take memorial days very seriously. Our … Read More

Hanging in the Balance

“How lonely sits the city, that was full of people!” — Lamentations 1:1 — By: Netanel R. I never thought I would live to see the day when the streets of Jerusalem would be so … Read More

When we pray for rain

Pictured above: The Jezreel Valley on a rainy day in Israel. By: Netanel R. Rainfall can be both a blessing and a challenge; too much rain can lead to flooding, but if not enough rain … Read More

Israel & Iran: Recent Rivals

By: Netanel R. Nearly 41 years ago, Israel lost a close friend… Iran. Really? Yes. Just a few decades ago, Israel enjoyed the fruits of thousands of years of Persians standing with the Jewish people. … Read More

Along the Mount of Olives

Pictured above: The Old City of Jerusalem at sunset in the winter from the Mount of Olives By: Netanel R. I didn’t grow up in Jerusalem. I grew up in a small midwestern farm town … Read More

Watchmen on the Wall

THE RHYTHM OF OUR STOMPING BOOTS WAS OFF BEAT. “One, two, one, two” I whispered, unsuccessfully attempting to steady the cadence of the 43 other soldiers marching in front of and behind me. Positioned in … Read More

An Invitation to Solidarity

By: Netanel R. Nearly half of the people in Israel have at least one parent who was not born in Israel. This holds true, not only for Jewish Israelis, but also for many Arab-Israelis as … Read More

What Now?

Israel is heading to elections for the third time in a single year. As of December 11th, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) has officially dissolved with coalition talks having failed yet again. The third elections will … Read More