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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

When Theodore Herzl, considered the Father of Modern Israel, died in 1904, Eliezer Ben Yehuda went into deep mourning. Although Ben Yehuda had dreamed and worked…
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Rebuilding Israel

Chaim Malespin’s parents were the hippest of hippies. At 16 years old, his mother, Tehila, ran away from her abusive home in Canada and decided to…
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Jerusalem’s Orthodox Jews vs. Eliezer Ben Yehuda

Father of the Modern Hebrew Language Part 3 (Click here for Part 2 and Here for Part 1) Down through the ages the Hebrew Bible has been…
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The First Hebrew Family

Father of the Modern Hebrew Language Part 2 (Click here for Part 1) When Eliezer Ben Yehuda decided to leave Europe for Jerusalem in 1881, there…
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Father of the Modern Hebrew Language

Father of the Modern Hebrew Language

Eliezer Ben Yehuda 1858 – 1922 I had the great privilege of knowing Ehud Ben Yehuda as a dear friend when I lived in Jerusalem in…
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Party Like It’s 5779!

The High Holidays are upon us, and Israel is once again taken on its annual journey of declaring blessings over the new year on Rosh Hashanah…
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Israeli Summer

It all began in June with a Facebook group complaining about the price of cottage cheese…

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Pilgrim’s Progress

It’s been 32 years since Israel and I met for the first time. My mother tells me the doctors on the delivery floor said the nurses on the next floor could hear me scream…

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Everyone’s Son

The family had asked for a bit of privacy on the day their son, Gilad Shalit, would be returned…

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The Rise Of The Sabra Believers

My mother immigrated to Israel in the late 1960’s. Frustrated with the lack of Jewish believers who lived in the Land, she flew to the US…

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