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Terrorism Needs To Stop; The Jews Are Here To Stay

July 7, 2012 Terrorism has reared its head again in Judea and Samaria.and in Jerusalem.  We are not yet witnessing a full-scale terrorism war on the scale of what was happening here 10 years ago.  Far from it.  The atmosphere is peaceful and people travel regularly and comfortably throughout the area.  But some of the […]

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The Importance of Security In Our Lives

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 Security is something we often take for granted in Israel.  Ever since the establishment of the modern State of Israel in 1948, Israel has had to defend itself against enemies from both within and without.  Our Arab neighbors have tried time and again to destroy us, launching wars and attacks across […]

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A Safe Hangout In Har Gilo

Spring 2015 We remember the events of last June all too well. Three teenage boys were kidnapped and murdered by Palestinian terrorists while traveling home from Gush Etzion. These events have caused parents in the region to become fearful for their teenage children. “If it happened once, who’s to say it won’t happen again” says […]

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Winter 2015

A Sense of Peace For Mechola The people of Mechola are no strangers to terror. The community’s homes are open to the roads where there is a great deal of Palestinian traffic, leaving residents extremely vulnerable. Years ago, CFOIC Heartland helped set up surveillance cameras at key points in the community. Now Mechola has learned […]

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Taking Responsibility For the Miracle of Israel

January 2015 The news in Israel has been focusing on two main topics in recent weeks: the upcoming elections and ongoing revelations of corruption in government circles.  With regard to the elections, the news is full of intrigue and spin. Great fun to follow but I’m not sure how relevant it all is to the […]

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Connecting To Shabbat – Around The World

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 On Sunday night, November 2,  I ran a Shabbat dinner in Amarillo, Texas, hosted by a wonderful friend of CFOIC Heartland, Mike Isely and his group Texans for Israel.   I have run programs of this sort in a number of different countries for the past few years, but it never ceases […]

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Southern Hospitality in Samaria

Fall 2014 It was a brutal, punishing summer for most Israeli families. Instead of family vacations, and day trips to Israel’s sandy beaches, the 2014 summer vacation was fraught with frequent trips to the bomb shelter, and characterized by conflict. For the Avitan family, the nightmare was magnified by the fact that they live in […]

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A Day of Prayer and Inspiration

This is the holiest time in the Jewish calendar. Just two days ago, we celebrated Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, a day which is dedicated to repentance, prayer and fasting. “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Mark, the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be a sacred […]

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Summer 2014

Uniting in Faith in Talmon The kidnapping and murder of Naftali Frankel, Gil-Ad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach, was heart wrenching for the people of Israel. And yet, there was one spark of goodness that emerged from it all – it brought the nation together. While their families strengthened and united us, their disposition brought a […]

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The Nation of Israel Lives!

As I write this newsletter, it is still unclear whether Israel will continue to be involved in a war with Hamas, whether we will move on to a war of attrition, or whether some sort of agreement will be reached between the parties.                As an Israeli, watching the news day in and day out […]

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