Spotlight on Tveria, Northern Israel

Spotlight on Tveria, Northern Israel
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…?

Self Pity in Zionist Circles: Good or Bad?

Self Pity in Zionist Circles: Good or Bad?
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.

The Vision

The Vision
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.

Devar Halacha on Squeezing Lemon Juice into a Salad/Fish

Devar Halacha on Squeezing Lemon Juice into a Salad/Fish
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 ...

6th of Sivan-9th of Sivan: Yahrtzeits of Famous Jewish Scholars this Week

6th of Sivan-9th of Sivan: Yahrtzeits of Famous Jewish Scholars this Week
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.

Street Food Eating in Israel

Street Food Eating in Israel
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.

Squeezing Out Lemon Juice into a Salad

Squeezing Out Lemon Juice into a Salad
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)

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. ...