Rochel Sylvetsky

The ultimate way to see Jerusalem with your kids

Book Review: Coming to Jerusalem with your family? Instead of finding yourself reminding them to listen, nudging them to look and feeling more frustrated by the minute, use this experiential guide book and enjoy the trip., 6/15/2018, 1:54 PM

An inside look at hassidic Jewry

London-born Jerusalemite Joshua Haruni spent eight years photographing the world of hassidic Jewry kept far from the public eye. The results are gripping and visually enchanting. , 6/1/2018, 3:30 PM

Elisheva's Diary

The ancient city of Dan in the northern Galilee has generations of stories to tell. In this fast-moving novel, they are brought to life in a story of family love, intrigue and loyalty, then and now. , 5/23/2018, 4:00 PM

When the Satmar Rebbe stood up for civil liberties

The fight to change the new NY State education law was not only about oversight of school curricula, it was about a parent's right to choose his child's education., 4/24/2018, 1:03 PM

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz on Zionism: The rabbi's selective vision

Zionism, and especially Religious Zionism, is a vibrant ethical project on the move towards even greater heights than those it has achieved during the first 70 years of the Jewish State., 4/22/2018, 6:07 PM

Watch: "There was only one Abraham" – a Tzaddik in our times

Although we may be awestruck by their greatness and humbled by their deeds, learning about the lives of tzaddikim, and especially contemporary ones, serves as a guide for our own lives., 1/26/2018, 3:15 PM

Sylvester Night is not a holiday

Israelis, who blithely call the eve of January 1st "Sylvester", and Jews who celebrate "New Year's Eve" as the civil year is ushered in, may not be aware of its tragic significance in Jewish history., 12/31/2017, 6:31 PM

More work for President Trump

The declaration on Jerusalem and the plans to move the Embassy are wonderful, but two other crucial issues need the US president's public backing of Israel., 12/13/2017, 11:02 AM

'Watching the moon at night': The film that speaks truth to terror

Swedish TV funded it and then refused to show the powerful film that tells the unpleasant truth about terror and anti-Semitism, while granting its victims - even those who are Israeli - a voice. Arutz Sheva attended the Jerusalem screening., 11/16/2017, 10:44 PM

Islamic Gender Apartheid: Facts, not Islamophobia

Prof. Phyllis Chesler's new book should be renamed "J'Accuse." And that accusation should be aimed at Islamist apartheid as well as at the Western feminists who justify or ignore it., 11/14/2017, 5:40 PM

High drama in Acco

Viewing religious Zionist theater productions is a profound way of understanding what matters to the sector's young adults. Read about them and enjoy the story of how they took over the leftist and hedonist Acco Theater Festival., 10/24/2017, 8:18 PM

Guide to the Perplexed Anglo: Israel's Supreme Court

A brief summary of the reasons for the pervading feeling in Israel that there is a need for change regarding Supreme Court activity - while respecting the centrality of the judiciary in the only Jewish - and democratic - state., 10/3/2017, 3:07 PM

Feeling Jewish in St. Petersburg

The week before Rosh Hashana, Arutz Sheva went out to learn about Jewish life in St. Petersburg, years after the mass aliya to Israel from Russia. , 9/19/2017, 5:28 PM

Go up like a wall

The similarities are striking when the history of Zionism is compared to the return of the Jews from the Babylonian Exile and the building of the Second Temple.  So are the differences. Book review., 8/28/2017, 2:34 PM

What is the Chief Rabbinate's role in the Jewish State?

The 9th of Av period is a time for unity and understanding – the lack of which caused the destruction of the 2nd Temple. Perhaps this article can contribute to understanding on an issue which is being used to cause division in the Jewish world. , 8/1/2017, 10:29 PM

Books of the People

Israel's Book Week (Shavua Hasefer) begins June 7th. The tens of thousands who fill the outdoor book fairs are invited to discover the thinkers who have influenced generations of their people - and still do., 6/6/2017, 7:39 AM

The 28th of Iyar in 1967: Where were you?

Atlanta's Rabbi Emanuel Feldman was on sabbatical in Israel in 1967. His dramatic day by day diary of how it felt on the home front has been reissued, perfect reading for the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War and the reunification of Jerusalem., 5/23/2017, 6:42 AM

The Amshinever Rebbe and the Land of Israel

A hassidic Rebbe's words came to pass in the re-established Jewish State., 5/1/2017, 10:54 AM

How Cartoonists fought the Holocaust

Rafael Medoff and Craig Yoe have published a book of powerful cartoons drawn during and before the Holocaust that you will not want to put down., 4/20/2017, 1:30 PM

Challah vs. Matza: New book for Passover children will enjoy

The duel between leavened and unleavened bread is the plot of a delightful story for children in which good triumphs over evil and the Seder takes place after all., 3/20/2017, 3:04 PM

'Nonsense of a high order: The confused world of modern atheism'

A review of the thought-provoking but fun-tp-read book by Moshe Averick about the source-of-life debate. He wins hands down., 12/31/2016, 6:19 PM

The IDF Rabbinate of Rabbi Goren: "With Might and Strength"

Anti-religious IDF policies and the trials of the new Chief IDF Rabbi, are nothing new, just the issues have changed. First IDF Rabbi Goren's autobiography tells that story, that of a Jewish state that created a Jewish army ., 12/1/2016, 3:04 PM

Reading "The Infidels' is like entering a time machine

Reading this book about what occurred a century ago, one feels that it is all happening now - and tragically, it is., 11/16/2016, 4:51 AM

Halichot v'Halachot: A book that arrived at just the right time

The newest book by Rabbi Enkin, filled with interesting halachic insights and responsa, is a highly recommended read during the High Holydays period., 9/26/2016, 8:49 AM

A myrtle in the desert: The Poetry of Rabbi  Yosef Tzvi Rimon

Longing for the rebirth of Jewish life in the Holy Land, longing for closeness to the Almighty and love for the early pioneers in a beautiful book by a poet of the return to Zion, now available in English for the first time., 8/9/2016, 3:27 PM

Book Review: "Why Open Orthodoxy is not Orthodox"

The book, by Torah scholar in the US, is a point by point scathing criticism of the controversial movement begun by Rabbi Avi Weiss., 8/1/2016, 8:38 AM

Not politically correct

He still negates the changes in Western mores.A cynic's view of the attempts to change Orthodox Judaism and make it politically correct in today's world., 7/22/2016, 7:30 AM

We need another Nehemiah

Review of Dov S. Zakheim's new book, "Nehemiah: Statesman and Sage." To paraphrase Santayana, those in power who learn from Nehemiah's history might do well to try to repeat it., 6/28/2016, 10:16 AM

The Koren Yizkor: Memory and meaning, remembrance and hope

A review of the recently published collection of essays on Hazkarat Neshamot (yizkor) by former Yeshiva University Chancellor, Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm., 5/4/2016, 4:16 PM

Book Review: The Long Night, a journey through the Holocaust

Darkness fell on Ernst Bornstein's life but he lived to tell us about it. Review of a gripping, just translated Holocaust book that describes a young man's journey through seven death camps up to his liberation by US forces., 5/2/2016, 9:07 AM

One man's diary of survival in Nazi concentration camps

Book review: Odd Nansen, a non Jewish survivor of the Nazi camps of WWII, wrote a diary that may be the most epic narrative of all., 4/12/2016, 11:45 PM

"Unexpected Israel" – Stories you never read in the media

A review of the newly published, non-combative and definitive answer to those anti-Israel, BDS and other vulgar protests at AIPAC, colleges and anywhere else. Also a lovely way to learn the truth about the unique aspects of the Jewish state., 3/21/2016, 9:19 AM

"The Ghetto Swinger": A Berlin jazz legend remembers

The recently published, never-before translated book by "Coco" Schumann traces his journey from Berlin's pre-war nightlife to a band in Auschwitz and back to Berlin - and doesn't miss a beat., 3/16/2016, 11:41 PM

On Yeshiva University's "From Within the Tent: The Sabbath Prayers"

Yeshiva University has published a thoughtful and inspiring book of essays on aspects of the Sabbath prayers. A special way to enrich one's own Sabbath knowledge and family discussions on the day of rest., 2/19/2016, 8:11 AM

On the Torah article found in Rabbi Eitam's Hy"d computer

Knowledge,, Torah-true integrity and modesty leap from every line in the last Torah writing of the brilliant scholar murdered with his wife by barbaric terrorists in front of their four children., 1/16/2016, 6:25 PM

Erosion, undermining Israel through lies and deception

Review of a short and clear book aimed at the reclamation of the good name of the Jewish state., 1/6/2016, 8:08 PM

"The War of a Million Cuts" - Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld

A comprehensive picture of the "new" anti-Semitism that has evolved since the year 2000, and what should and can be done about it. , 9/24/2015, 3:19 PM

JPost Apologizes for NIF Op-ed

Don't take the left's aggression lying down. Fight back, protest, complain - you can make a difference. , 8/22/2015, 11:00 PM

On "Heroic Children: Untold Stories of the Unconquerable"

Review of a book that will change your ideas of children's capabilities while recounting a gripping aspect of the Holocaust that has never been put to paper. You will not be able to put it down., 8/7/2015, 12:53 AM

Abraham Lincoln and Religious Zionists

Elections in Israel are the time when all or some of the people running for office try to fool all or some of the people voting. Why does it work?, 2/26/2015, 6:15 AM

Book Review: "Shimon", the Story of a Talmudic Giant

A book about a gladiator turned Talmudic Sage, which inadvertently shows the greatness of the Torah's attitude to human failings., 12/31/2014, 6:20 AM

Great Miracles Are Happening Right Here

The miracles of the Maccabees were "in those days and in our times." No matter how much they try to annihilate us., 12/15/2014, 10:25 PM

I Love Shmitta

Only in Israel., 10/21/2014, 8:26 AM

Memories and Lessons of the Yom Kippur War

Lucky is the intelligence officer who is constantly worried, wrote the current Head of IDF Intelligence in an article that went viral in Israel., 10/3/2014, 5:40 AM

A Jewish Perspective on Hamas

Ancient Jewish history can put the present into perspective and enable us to take the long view, but not everything has a precedent., 9/17/2014, 7:20 AM

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A Novel of Ideas in the Era of Anti-Israelism

"Field of Exile" is a brave and moving book of love, betrayal and the courage to defend one's principles in an era of blind hatred for Israel on the streets and campuses of the West. A novel whose plot is being played out during the current war., 8/14/2014, 11:17 PM

"Every Child is Special" - and So is this Book

Written in Hebrew by a well-known Israeli therapist, it is now available in English. At first glance, it seems aimed at children, but it packs a message for both youngsters and the adults in their lives., 6/2/2014, 9:06 AM

Uri, Salt of the Earth

Most English speakers did not know Uri Elitzur, z"l, since so few of his brilliant Hebrew articles were translated. Arutz Sheva sketches his character, along with his last speech, given on Yom Haatzmaut, just two weeks before his death., 5/25/2014, 11:03 PM

Four Sweet-Faced IDF Soldiers

What happened to the four sweet-faced soldiers who rinsed lettuce for the IDF Seder with me?, 5/4/2014, 11:04 PM

Walking with Greatness: Prof. Reuven Feuerstein, z"l

Arutz Sheva interviews Dr. Jerry and Shoshana Lafair, personal physician and longtime friends of the man who changed the world's definition of cognitive ability., 5/4/2014, 6:20 AM

"Nine Men Wanted for a Minyan"

Rabbi Meyer Fendel's heartwarming story:Blazing a trail in Jewish education., 2/6/2014, 11:33 PM

Attacking Israel's Chief Rabbinate - in the NY Times

A response from Israel., 2/2/2014, 12:57 PM

Book Review: "The Forgotten Memoirs"

The hitherto unknown personal accounts of Rabbis who survived the Holocaust were discovered by an historian who realized where they could be found. A riveting, uplifting and illuminating book., 1/27/2014, 1:44 PM

Rabbanit Kapach, Queen Mother of Israel: In Memoriam

It is thirty days since the passing of Rabbanit Bracha Kapach, z"l. A tribute to Jerusalem's "woman of valor" whose presence will be sorely missed. , 12/29/2013, 2:30 PM

Announcing the "Next Intifada"

Sometimes one cannot let things go by. Perhaps Israel has been doing just that for too long., 11/13/2013, 3:00 PM

Battered Child Syndrome or Why Israel Believed in Oslo

An interview with Dr. Ron Shleifer, Ariel University, on the book "The Oslo Syndrome" by Prof. Kenneth Levin. Translated into Hebrew, the first printing was sold out in no time. A 2nd is now on the shelves ., 11/6/2013, 1:45 PM