On June 10th, 1977, an Israeli freighter ship, the ‘Yuvali’, en route to Taiwan, sighted 66 half-starved and sickened Vietnamese refugees who were part of the thousands of “Boat People” who were desperately trying to escape the tyrannical Communist regime of Viet Nam. Captain Meir Tadmor telegraphed Haifa for permission to take them aboard, even though his ship carried only enough life rafts and jackets for his 30-member crew.
I can recall the cab ride many years ago. As I entered the cab in Yerushalayim almost a score of years ago, I was more than a little nervous. With all of the rhetoric and rancor about rabbis and Chareidim being tossed around in the media at that point in time, I was concerned that with my obvious Chareidi-rabbinic appearance that perhaps my secular-looking cab-driver would be less than appreciative of me. Therefore, when I entered the cab I
When the news arrived, it was unclear as to the severity of the situation. The boys were teenagers; and teenagers sometimes disappear for a few hours. However, as time continued to pass it became apparent that something was very wrong. And then the official announcement: three of our boys, our sons, our pride and joy, had been abducted by those who want to kill
Rabbis and educators are all looking for new ways to help their students learn and retain information in a world that is becoming increasingly dominated by mobile devices and wearable technology. After all, a majority of teens are now carrying around mobile devices (see here) and your typical mobile phone user checks their device at
Today, it is a truism that Anti-Semitism's primary expression in Europe and elsewhere is in the form of Anti-Israelism. Are all anti-Israel sentiments anti-Semitic ones? What if the attitudes are coming from Jews? Is J-Street anti-Semitic? Are those Jews who advocate a boycott of the territories anti-Semitic?
Thousands of Jewish students travel to Israel on many programs. In 2009, the Israel Shabbat Experience began working with various tour operators bringing large numbers of students and young adults to enhance participants’ appreciation of Shabbat. An important part of the
Are you leading an Israel trip this summer? Is your shul coming on a mission to Israel? Are you taking a tour of Bar and Bat Mizvah students to see Israel? If your answer is yes to any of these questions – or you have a friend or colleague who is bringing
The Brisker Rov once said that the secular Zionists stole the love of Israel away from Chareidi Jews. What he meant by this was that Chareidim, who ought to have a deep and natural connection to the holy land,
I love the Western Wall. It is a kaleidoscope of the entire Jewish people. One can go there for Mincha and have, as a part of the minyan, an Israeli soldier, a Sephardic Jew from South America, someone from Mea Shearim, a few French or American tourists … a geography that reflects its history. The... Read more »
We have published three blogposts (available here and here and here) that featured great programming brochures so that your shul or community kollel could be aware of wonderful ideas from around the globe! As we now enter the season of spring and summer, you may be on the look out for ways to still draw people—especially families—into your events,... Read more »