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They Came to Texas
They Came to Texas

From the annals of history, we are often left with the mistaken impression that all Jewish immigrants to the United States in the early twentieth century arrived through Ellis Island…

Flag of Israel
Flag of Israel

The Israeli flag was specifically designed with stripes to recall the image of a tallit - the Jewish prayer shawl. Its top and bottom blue stripes are reminiscent of the sky and the sea. While some tallit (tallitot) have blue stripe…

The Day The State of Israel Was Born
The Day The State of Israel Was Born

On the fifth day of the Hebrew month of Iyar, in the year 5708, corresponding to May 14, 1948, the State of Israel was born. On that day…

Heroes of Israel
Heroes of Israel

In most countries today, the traditional means of honoring military heroes is through the awarding of medals. In 1948, as the fledgling State of Israel fought for its very survival, there were numerous occurrences of…

The State of Israel’s Independence
The State of Israel’s Independence

The State of Israel’s independence, as well as its continued survival, is a modern day miracle…

Ethics of the Fathers
Ethics of the Fathers

Between political corruption and financial misdeeds, it is easy to wonder what ever happened to ethical standards. Although superficially it seems that the Torah’s primary focus is…

Loyalty, A Prayer for the Government
Loyalty, A Prayer for the Government

Today, May 1st, is International Workers’ Day, which is a celebration of…

Blasphemy
Blasphemy

The Torah (Leviticus 24:10-12) records the story of a nameless youth whose mother was an Israelite and whose father was Egyptian. The Torah later identifies the boy’s mother as Shelomith the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan. One day, the young man got into a fight with another man…

Righteous Americans
Righteous Americans

Given that the Holocaust was, on the whole, a European event, it is not surprising that there are only three Americans listed as the Righteous Among the Nations at Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Memorial. It is, however, because these Americans chos…

WATCH: Israelis Pause in Silence for Holocaust Remembrance Day WATCH: Israelis Pause in Silence for Holocaust Remembrance Day

On Monday morning at 10 A.M., as schools and many places of work gathered at special assemblies, a two-minute siren wailed across the country – bringing Israel to a literal halt.

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