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Feb 19, 2019, 4:49 PM
Bat Shlomo Vineyards – the Zionist dream is alive
For those of you who do not know, I’m a graduate of the History of the Jewish people from Ben-Gurion University with a specialization in State of Israel studies (yes, I am an admirer of David Ben-Gurion). Why am...
Feb 19, 2019, 11:42 AM
PHOTO ESSAY: How a paintbrush met a photograph — scenes of Israel
When you're a photographer, your wife's an artist, and the Gulf War has driven all your tourist customers way, what's a creative couple to do?
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Feb 8, 2019, 2:36 PM
The link between Mount Sinai and the Temple Mount
The Talmud, Taanit 16a asks: What is the meaning of Har HaMoriah (Mount Moriah)? Rabbi Levi bar Chama said that it was the mountain from which Torah instruction (horaa) went out and Rabbi Chanina said that it was the...
Feb 6, 2019, 6:08 PM
The Wondrous Judean Underland
The Judean Lowlands of Israel is home to hundreds of underground complexes, part of a spectacular subterranean world
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Jan 8, 2019, 7:24 AM
Stop the Americanization of Jerusalem!
"Progress" demanded that an ugly exorbitantly expensive string bridge be the first thing travelers to Jerusalem get to see. It's now also dressed up as a year-round Christmas tree, with colored lights that can wave along the strings in...
Beth G. Kopin
Jan 2, 2019, 11:14 PM
Inches to Metric: Window to Jerusalem
We were given a beautiful gift several years ago by our Israeli buddy Elie Spivack. Elie is a fine cabinet and furniture maker who built much of the furniture and cabinetry in our Jerusalem home. We were thrilled to...
Beth G. Kopin
Dec 20, 2018, 8:47 AM
Inches to metric: goat rodeo
Rodeos are hard, life threatening and if you mess up you are out in a flash. Whether everything goes well (or not), you need to keep calm, assure everyone involved that all is okay, and carry on... A "Goat Rodeo"...
Dec 14, 2018, 11:29 AM
Merkabah and the Gematria of the Holy Name of God
Welcome to the seventh installment of my blog about biblical gematria, the Merkabah and the birth of the Alephbet. Today I want to discuss the gematria of the Holy Name and why it was such a unifying monotheistic engine...
Dec 5, 2018, 10:24 PM
What did the Menorah Look Like and Why it Matters
My wife and I just returned home to Tel Aviv from Rome, where the sight of the famed menorah etched into the Arch of Titus made us feel unexpectedly emotional. We could see the pain etched in the faces of...
Dec 5, 2018, 12:09 PM
Towards a Kinder, Gentler Nation
I woke up this morning and asked, "What have we become?" I secretly complain to myself. Everyday there is something I witness or even worse become part of. People are acting out, even nasty to each other. So I ask...