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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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Bringing the Torah to Roi

This past Friday I participated in a moving ceremony in the Jordan Valley that I would like to share with you.  Very dear friends of mine decided to commission the writing of a Torah Scroll in order to donate it to a community in need.  A Torah Scroll contains the entire text of the Five […]

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We Are One

The roller coaster ride that is living in Israel!  There is no other way to describe the events of the last few days and the emotional highs and lows that we have experienced. On Sunday night there was a gathering dedicated to unity, prayer and song surrounding the kidnapping of the three young boys from […]

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Stop The Hate

Last week a Muslim terrorist opened fire and murdered four innocent civilians at the Jewish museum in Brussels.  It was Shabbat afternoon and two of the murdered victims were Israeli Jews — a couple who were touring  Belgium.  Their two daughters were home in Israel with family and after the attack on Saturday, were left […]

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