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Only God Can Make a Tree

Spring 2013 Some of the most heartbreaking photographs of the Expulsion from Gaza, were of the families of Gush Katif kneeling in their gardens, crying, gently pulling saplings from the earth, carrying them lovingly in their hands as the soldiers led them away. These trees were replanted outside their new homes, the dirt that clung […]

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Lies and Propaganda versus Truth – June 11, 2013

I remember as a young child, when the Six Day War occurred, we heard Arab reports on the television and radio that were diametrically opposed to the reports coming out of Israel.  The Arabs boasted ongoing victory while the Jews reported ongoing defeat of their Arab enemy.  At the end of the war it became […]

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Biblical Israel Or West Bank? by Margy Pezdirtz

Recently I heard a well informed pastor tell of the many biblical events that happened in Judea and Samaria – that part of Israel that the modern world has come to call the West Bank. Although I’ve studied these events many times and am very familiar with them, I don’t believe I had ever lined […]

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Calling Evil Good – May 14, 2013

I was in the US a few weeks ago, arriving in Boston just a few days after the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon and just hours after one of the terrorists had been captured.  Following the chain of events on television before leaving Israel, I was reminded of the many similar terrorist attacks that […]

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Remembering the Holocaust – April 9, 2013

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel.  It is a difficult day for all of us, as we remember the horrors that took place in Europe just 70 years ago.  Every Jew in Israel, and indeed all over the world, is connected to the Holocaust.  Every Ashkenazic (European origin Jewish) family lost relatives or themselves […]

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Support from Our Political Leaders – March 2013

A few days ago, the morning news began with two key items.  The first item was that progress had been made in negotiations to form a government and it looked as if both Yesh Atid headed by Yair Lapid and Bayit Yehudi lead by Naftali Bennett would be main coalition partners. The second item was […]

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Sharing In The Joy at an Israeli Wedding

A major high-light of my recent trip to Israel was being a guest at the wedding of Sondra Baras’ youngest son. As anyone who has talked to Sondra in the past year knows, this was the event of the decade for the Baras family! Let me explain. When I first met Sondra in 1998, her oldest […]

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Good Overcomes Evil – December 18, 2012

It is just mind-boggling.  There is no other way to describe the horrific massacre of 6 year old children and their teachers that took place in the United States this past Friday.  I can only imagine how this has ripped apart Americans and especially the residents of that quiet Connecticut town.  Here in Israel, we […]

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Fruit Trees, Honey Bees, and Special Needs

An Update From Our Communities in Israel   In September 2011, Kim Troup, the US Director of CFOIC Heartland, traveled to Israel. While there, she visited some 30 different communities in less than two weeks. It was an intense visit and included meetings with mayors, community representatives, and residents to hear firsthand how the efforts […]

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All God’s Creatures Great and Small in Nofei Prat

Fall 2012 It started with one very special family. The Lubiners had always been involved with animals, the father, Shlomo, even working as a shepherd in Shiloh! When they moved to Nofei Prat six years ago, they set up a few cages of animals right outside their home… just some parrots and rabbits… nothing noisy that would bother the […]

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