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Arise and Walk the Land

Standing there it was obvious to us just how vital this place is strategically, biblically and historically. We learned that Hemdat was originally established as a “Nahal” military outpost by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in 1979.

The Politics of Israel – The What and The Who

Tuesday, June 7, 2016   This has been a very political few weeks in Israel and I know many of our friends outside of Israel find it difficult to keep it all straight.  So I thought I would try and clarify things a bit. A year ago, there were national elections in Israel and the … Read more

Let’s Make a Difference – July 10, 2012

Yesterday was a fast day, the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, which ushers in a 3-week mourning period for the first and second temples, thousands of years ago.  Our sages have long laid the blame for the destruction of the Second Temple and the subsequent exile from the land, in the first and … Read more

People in My Neighborhood: Lenny

  My friend and neighbor, Lenny, is back at work this week after taking off for the week-long Passover holiday.  Lenny is the creator, owner, manager and chief baker for his bakery, here in Karnei Shomron, and Passover, with its strict and inherent prohibitions against eating leavened bread, gives him a forced vacation!  But during … Read more

May 2012

Komt er oorlog? Syrie, Iran, kort, angst, zacharia 14, belangrijker dan de om naar de politiek te kijken is tekijken naar de bijbel± daarom hebbenw e visie op het hartland en daarom steunen we hen in deze eindtijd. De stam Juda Het gebied waar wij onze liefde en steun aangeven bestaat uit drie verschillende streken … Read more

Blessed is He Who Keeps His Promise – April 15, 2012

Today is the day after Passover and everything goes back to normal.  Last night we were up late washing and drying dishes, putting away the Passover dishes and taking out the regular dishes, stripping the beds from the company that stayed with us for the holiday, and starting on the mounds of laundry that always … Read more

Februari 2012

Februari 2012 We hebben een paar echte geode regenbuien gehad in Israel de laatste weken. Eén sabbat plenste het de hele vrijdagavond. Na terugkomst uit de synagoge op vrijdagavond, genoten we van de warmte van de eetkamer aan een hete en voortreffelijke maaltijd. We babbelden over waar we deze week waren geweest en wat we … Read more

Har Bracha: Building and Growing

May 2010 Oodles of children scramble happily on the painted playgrounds and roll down the grassy slopes, their sweet voices echoing in the mountain air. Nearby, sprinklers water the vineyards and Yeshiva Bible students amble by, busily discussing points of Talmudic Law. This happy, thriving scene plays out on the breathtaking, windswept Har Bracha, The … Read more

Meet Alon and Yakir

Road inside Alon On my first day visiting communities, I went to Alon, a community northeast of Jerusalem, along the Jericho Road.  Rabbi Danny Segal and Dikla Zenter met me outside the community in a large parking lot.  Rabbi Segal is the community rabbi and Dikla is the head of social services in the community.  … Read more

Februar 2012

 Februar 2012  in den letzten Wochen hat es in Israel ziemlich viel geregnet. Am Schabbat goss es in der Nacht von Freitag auf Samstag in Strömen. Als wir am Freitagabend von der Synagoge nach Hause zurückkehrten, genossen wir bei einem köstlichen Mahl die Wärme des Esszimmers. Wir unterhielten uns darüber, wo jeder von uns die … Read more