A short ride outside of Jerusalem, in the suburb of Ramat Motza, is a large building with the word, Yvel. Yvel is Levy spelled backwards and the home of the international jewelry company founded by Orna and Isaac Levy.
Residents of chutz l’aretz are usually surprised that I live in Tveria. They think Tveria is a resort city and great place to bring the family for vacation, especially during the Chaggim, but to live here…?
Zionist activists in Israel and abroad seem to have settled on a theme du jour for just about everything they say and do. "Israel is being unfairly treated by the world." I see it in the news every day and it's becoming a menace. Not because it's not true but because it's being misapplied.
Former PM Menachem Begin championed the doctrine of prevention and preemption when it came to Israel's enemies. His 1981 strike on the Osirik nuclear plant is well-documented as one of the most daring raids by the Israeli Air Force.
The night was still young and the yeshiva students were just beginning to get into their groove. It was Shavuot night, when Jews around the world stay up learning as a "tikkun"
After 15 years being closed, the Jerusalem Railway Station reopened May 14, 2013, before Shavuot, under the name, The First Station, for a full day of exciting, fun activities.
Judaism means everything to me. It's a part of my life from the second I get up in the morning to the moment I fall asleep at night--and it also accompanies me in my dreams.
Boaz Toparovsky is an old-time friend and now a member of the Knesset. He represents Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid, a party that no one expected to get a staggering 19 mandates in the recent elections.
It appeared to me in a dream, What was it who knows? Behind its hideous mask, the soul of the creature arose, For beneath it somewhere, I could sense a familiar stare, Could it possibly be? A reminder, a twinkle of hope, In the ocean of thought so remote, So far and yet so near, That I shook and trembled in fear, The mask’s lips slightly moved and a sound: Like the cry of a million trumpets, Like the beat of a million drums, And yet so sullen, so quiet, like a perilous journey begun.
It is permitted to squeeze out lemon juice onto a fish in order to improve its taste. The following are some important points on this halacha: It is not necessary for the lemon juice to be absorbed into the fish. It is not a problem if some of the lemon juice rolls off the fish and onto a plate, as long as ...
Rav Avraham Mordechai Alter, the Imrei Emes of Ger, (1866-1948). The son of the Sefas Emes and a great-grandson of the Chidushei HaRim, he was the third Rebbe in the Gur dynasty, the leader of over 250,000 chassidim in pre-WW II Poland. The Imrei Emes was instrumental in establishing and expanding Agudas Yisroel, and was at the forefront of strengthening the Jewish community of Eastern European.
One of the nicest and most distinct Israeli traditions is food. Jews coming from the Middle East and Far East, from Europe, Australia, South Africa, North and South America—all adopted the local cooking habits to their dietary laws and passed them on to their children. The cooking style of the countries where they lived came as part of their baggage when they made their way to Israel, and they blended with those who had come before them.
As the "Daily Mail" said, “Stephen Hawking is someone we admire.” Almost fully paralyzed and able to communicate only through a speech-generating device, his brilliant mind has illuminated the universe’s mysteries for all of humanity.
Ask anyone about Shavuot, and the first thing that comes to mind is cheesecake. But, if we look deeply into the mystical aspects of this amazing month of Sivan, we will learn that embedded in the month are all the powers we need for strengthening our spiritual foundation for the entire year.
This is a song I wrote and recorded with my friend, Matvey (video by Speedy of SpeedyMedia) about a year ago. I've since posted it on Youtube, haven't gotten very many views and haven't tried too hard to promote it.
Moti Yogev is a former commando chief; a man with a rare mixture of a deep love for the Land and people of Israel and a clear vision for the future.
It is permitted to squeeze out lemon juice into a salad in order to improve the taste of the vegetables*. One must squeeze the lemon directly on the vegetables (i.e., it is not permitted to squeeze out the lemon juice into a cup and then add it to the salad). Squeezing out lemon juice into a salad is permitted even if the lemon juice will not be absorbed into the vegetables of the salad.
A Song (In Hebrew) Dedicated to Yom Yerushalayim and Rehavaam Ze’evi (Gandi) H”YD–שיר המולדת (לרגל יום ירושלים ולזכר גיבור ישראל, רחבעם זאבי “גנדי” ה”יד)
Today, Israel celebrates Yom Yerushalayim, the 46th anniversary of the liberation of the Old City of Jerusalem. It's a day when Israelis take to the streets to mark the unification of their country's capital. It's a day of mixed emotions: on one hand, there's the prevalent feeling of unmitigated joy and endless elation at our victory in the Six-Day War. ...
I was about to go into 'panic mode' having missed the last Friday afternoon bus from Jerusalem to Givat Ze'ev when Gad Ever, one of my closest friends, called to inform me he was still in the Jerusalem area and would pick me up from the Central Bus station and take me to the West Bank settlement where his parents ...
As I opened up yet another cup of yogurt, a thought struck me: I've been having yogurt ever since we moved to America in '89. I had a taste of the delicious liquidy convocation for the first time when we were staying in a small town just South of Rome en-route to Chicago.I'd continue having yogurt: chocolate, banana, covered with ...
I'm 'done' with a few people I considered close friends. I'm very happy they were part of my life, but I feel I'm entering a new phase and these people have no place (and honestly speaking don't belong) in it. Here's a poem that's dedicated to old friendships, the things I learned from them, letting go of the old, and ...
This is a recent song I wrote. It's dedicated to my future wife (whoever she will be). In it, I talk about that perfect woman every guy dreams of meeting.
The most tender mother,The closest, most dear friend--You've given me the world,You're always in demand.When I'm alone, and the sky is black,I think of you,Imagine giving back,Imagine being there for you like you've been there for me,Thank you, Mom, for all your kindness,Thank you for your love,And all your generosity.
The climb upwards could only go one way: up. That's how I felt 5 years ago today. I was walking a tightrope and felt I would be pushed over at any given second. I was scared, depressed, alone. Time has passed, old wounds have healed, and even though there have been fresh hurts and pains, life goes on. Thank G-d! ...
This Torah lesson is dedicated to the speedy recovery of Adelle Chaya bat Adva. May G-d keep her and save her from every evil and danger.It says that in every generation, a person must see himself as he, himself, left Egypt. The path from slavery to redemption is one that the Jewish people partake in in every generation--on a personal and ...