Just over a year ago a young soldier’s dreams and aspirations literally exploded out of view obscuring his dreams and his future.
For those who have even a cursory knowledge of the book of Esther, it is clear that nothing even remotely resembling these themes is to be found within the scroll. So, how did dressing up become the emphasis of Purim?
Ezra Short, 17, an acrobatic gymnast who lives in Holon, has been selected to be in the Junior Men’s Group that will represent Israel on the world stage. The 26th World Championships Acrobatic Gymnastics competition will take place between April 13 to 15 in Antwerp, Belgium.
Announced just before Hanukkah, an archaeological excavation close to Ashdod that began three years ago bore fruit at the end of the summer when archaeologists uncovered a long-buried treasure that has a direct connection to ancient Georgia.
Much like Christmas decorations make an appearance even before Thanksgiving in many countries, Hanukkah shows its face in Israel from as early as October as soon as Sukkot ends.
According to the Ministry of Tourism, Israel’s goal has been to increase tourism traffic to and within Israel, strengthening the country’s image while boosting Israel’s economy.
The Balfour Declaration was commemorated in Israel and abroad on the 100th anniversary of its penning, celebrated by supporters and contested by its detractors with parties and protests in abundance.
The Gardens of Life (Ganei Haim in Hebrew) serves as a memorial for unborn children, babies who were either miscarried, aborted, stillborn or lost for some other reason. It is a holy place, a unique space where people are able to receive comfort, mercy and healing, and remember the lost little lives.
One hundred years ago the British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour wrote a letter to Baron Lionel Walter Rothschild expressing the British government’s support for a Jewish homeland in the country that was under their mandate — Palestine.
As the book of Zechariah 14 extends the command to all people of the earth, many Christians from around the world come to participate in various Feast of Tabernacle events. Tourism booms as many thousands of Jews and Christians flock to the Holy Land during this month.