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Reflections on Tu B’Shvat

Next week is Tu B’Shvat, the “New Year of the Trees”.  It is day where we celebrate the fruit of our trees and children and adults alike take the time on that day to go out and plant trees.  Israel is the only country in the world that had more trees at the end of the 20th century than it did at the beginning, and that is because planting trees has been a key Zionist enterprise, long before it became ecologically popular.

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Are we concerned about Biden?
On: Jan 18, 2021
By: Kim Troup

January 12, 2021By Sondra Oster Baras On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden will become president of the United States.  The election campaign was fierce and it took time until the results became final but now that Biden’s inauguration is only days away, the time has come for us, in Israel, to reflect on what this […]

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Vaera (And I Appeared) – Exodus 6:2 – 9:35
On: Jan 14, 2021
By: Kim Troup

Are we ready for redemption? This week’s portion begins with Exodus Chapter Six verse 2. G-d speaks to Moses and explains to him that He is the G-d that appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that He hears the suffering of the Children of Israel and that He will keep His promise with their forefathers […]

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NIEUWS UIT HET HEARTLAND – JANUARI 2021
On: Jan 6, 2021
By: Shira
In: Dutch

Beste vrienden, De feestdagen zijn voorbij, het nieuwe jaar is begonnen en we kijken uit naar een heel ander jaar.  Toen het jaar 2020 ten einde liep, waren we blij met de goedgekeurde vaccins die klaar waren om te worden gedistribueerd.  Ondanks de aarzeling van enkelen wachten miljoenen mensen over de hele wereld op hun […]

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NEUIGKEITEN AUS DEM KERNLAND – JANUAR 2021
On: Jan 6, 2021
By: Shira
In: German

Liebe Freunde, Die Feiertage sind vorbei, das neue Jahr hat begonnen und wir freuen uns auf ein ganz anderes Jahr. Als sich das Jahr 2020 dem Ende zuneigte, waren wir begeistert, als wir erfuhren, welche Impfstoffe zugelassen und zur Verteilung bereit sind. Millionen von Menschen auf der ganzen Welt warten auf die Impfung und darauf, […]

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Israel Deserves Better Leadership!
On: Jan 4, 2021
By: Elyshia Johnson

More than 2000 years ago, the Maccabees rebelled against the Syrian Greeks and miraculously defeated them, liberating the Jews from pagan rule and re-entering the Sacred Temple in Jerusalem.  They immediately set to work, purifying the Temple and renewing the ancient services.  But when they tried to light the Menorah, they discovered that there was only enough pure olive oil to last one day. 

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