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Yom Ha’atzmaut Links and Some Thoughts on Jewish Unity

Tonight begins Yom Ha’atzmaut and whether you say Hallel or not, brocha or no brocha, after Shomeneh Esrai or after Aleinu, we can all be thankful that there are so many Jews living and learning today in Eretz Yisrael. Rabbi Adlerstein had a good post titled Something For Everyone over at Cross-Currents. Here is a […]

Today is Yom Ha’atzmaut

Yom Ha’atzmaut (Hebrew: יום העצמאות‎ yōm hā-‘aṣmā’ūṯ) is the national independence day of Israel, commemorating its declaration of independence in 1948. Celebrated annually on or around the 5th of the Jewish month of Iyar, it centers around the declaration of the state of Israel by David Ben Gurion in Tel Aviv on May 14, 1948 […]

Where is G-d?

By Michael Freund First published in The Jerusalem Post on May 27, 2010 Yesterday at 11 a.m., air raid sirens sounded across the country. Emergency crews went into position, security forces entered a heightened state of readiness and thousands of people made their way to public shelters. It was a chilling scene, as schoolchildren were […]

Today is Yom Hazikaron in Eretz Yisroel

Yom Hazikron is the day on which Israel honors its war veterans. National memorial services are held in the presence of Israel’s top leadership and military personnel. The day opens the preceding evening at 20:00 (8:00 pm), given that in the Hebrew calendar system days begin at sunset, with a siren. The siren is heard […]

A Chatzi Yarchei Kallah ( How We Spent Our Winter Vacation)

Last August, we said good bye to our daughter, son in law and granddaughter as they embarked for a year ( at least) in Israel at YU/RIETS’s Gruss Kollel. We kept in touch via cellphone and pictures. However, we decided to spend two weeks in Israel between the end of December and the middle of […]

Safety Amidst the Ice Floes

By Yaakov My brother, living half the year in Hungary and half the year in California, writes me, living in Israel, a detailed analysis of the political situation vis a vis Iran, Israel, the U.S., etc., and at the end of his cogent points, adds, AND THE ONE PLACE I WOULD NOT WANT TO BE […]

Life Through Orange-Tinted Glasses

Before we moved to Israel, I’d barely heard about Gush Katif, knew anyone who lived there, or ever visited the place itself. We moved the day of the disengagement in 2005, when all that changed and Gush Katif hit the headlines. I’ve moved around a lot as a young teenager and young adult, and I […]

Rabbi Yakov Horowitz on Making Aliya

Recommended reading for this column – “When American Families Move to Eretz Yisroel” by Rabbi Yair Spolter of Kiryat Sefer. Dear Rabbi Horowitz: My wife and I have always had a deep love for Eretz Yisroel since we both studied there in our post high school years. Over the years, we have been discussing the […]

Hard Time in a Hard Holy Land

One of the most troubling threads of discussion to emerge from this blog is the firm, virtually unanimous line of warning from Americans, particularly BT’s, who have chosen to make Israel their home — or those who, having made that decision once, concluded it was the wrong one for them, and have returned to their […]

Steve Brizel’s Eretz Yisroel Travel-blog

Steve Brizel is in Eretz Yisroel and he has been blogging his trip in the comments to this post. We’ve collected some of the comments here, but read the whole thread for the commenting back and forth. For many of us in Chuz L’aretz, one of the best ways of cultivating and maintaining a love […]

A Letter From a Yeshivat Hesder Kiryat Shemonah Talmid

Contributor and commentor, Mordechai Scher sent this letter from Yeshivat Hesder Kiryat Shemonah, where he learned and where he and his wife hope to make aliyah someday. Evil Shall Break Forth out of the North?! (Jeremiah 1:14) Written during the 2nd week of the war by Yair Kraus, Shiur Daled Yeshivat Hesder Kiryat Shemonah When […]

One on One

What often gets lost in the constant news and statistics of the ongoing war in eretz yisroel is the singular plight of each family, each soldier, each individual. The Midrash relates:During the war against Midyon, for each person who went out to war there was a person designated to pray and learn for him. The […]

The Situation

Here is a letter Menachem wrote to his friends and family last week about “the situation” in Israel which he offered to share with us on Beyond BT. I’ve been debating whether or not to write something about the current “situation” here in Israel, so if you actually receive this you’ll know which side won […]

Rabbi Eliashiv Requests That We Say Tehillim 13, 70, 83, 125, 128, 130, 142

Rabbi Eliashiv requests that we say Tehillim 13, 70, 83, 125, 128, 130, 142 for the situation in Eretz Yisroel. The OU calls for a night of Prayer and Torah Study This Wednesday at 9:00 PM. Agudah is calling for a Tehillim gathering at 7:45 on Wednesday at Chaim Berlin in Brooklyn at 1605 Coney […]

What Can We Do To Help

The Jewish People are under attack and as Rabbi Brody has said repeatedly, the call of the day is to increase our Emuna and do Teshuva. Emuna goes beyond believing in G-d, but acting in accordance with that belief. Although we are all probably checking the Israeli news sites multiple times a day to see […]

Pray for our Boys

As most of us are probably aware, an Israeli soldier was kidnapped by arab terrorists yesterday. Please have Gilad ben Aviva (Shalit) in mind in your prayers and good deeds. The following Israeli soldiers remain Missing in Action: Yekutiel Yehuda Nachman ben Sarah (Katz) Zecharia Shlomo ben Miriam (Baumel) Zvi ben Penina (Feldman) Ron ben […]

Baalei Teshuva and Aliyah

It is no secret that the vast majority of Jews who make Aliyah by choice are orthodox. I have also noticed that Baalei Teshuva are a well represented subgroup among Olim. Of course, neither of these observations should be surprising. As orthodox Jews we know that our religious existence is incomplete while not living and […]

In the Face of Approaching Disaster

As many of us know PM Olmert has publicly stated that he is ready to divide Jerusalem as well as expel up to 70,000 Jews from their homes. To show support for Israel and to protest PM Olmert’s intended actions there will be a rally on Tuesday May 23rd, 12:00 Noon in Washington D.C. Taft […]

Remembering Israel’s Fallen Heroes

Today is Yom HaZikiron which is the day on which we honor Israel’s fallen heroes. Rabbi Lazer Brody has a good post which opens with: Today is Israel’s Memorial Day; for some, it’s theoretical. For many of us, it’s a day of opening up old wounds and 24 hours of tears in the eyes. Please […]

Cultivating a Love of Eretz Yisroel

From the moment I first came here to work on kibbutz, looking to experience the cleanest expression of communism in the Free World (…remember this was the 60’s!), and experienced the Land of Israel – the hills, the people, the smells, the songs, the connections – I knew that I was in love. It took […]

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