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Vacation plans

Surveys reveal that only about 15% of Diaspora Jews have visited Israel. To me, that’s embarrassing.

Vacation plans

How far is it from Hollywood to the Holy Land?

The spiritual distance from Hollywood to the Holy Land is the distance from exile to redemption. Tzvi Fishman walked the walk. Review.

How far is it from Hollywood to the Holy Land?

Israeli Rabbis on the subject of aliyah

From Zion the Torah will go forth.

Israeli Rabbis on the subject of aliyah

The snake and the Smartphone Family

Interview with the head of Yeshivat Ateret Yerushalayim addresses the hard truth about the smartphone.

The snake and the Smartphone Family

Parashat Mattot contains a message for Ben Shapiro

In this week’s Torah portion Matot (Israel) we learn that there is a complete way to serve Hashem and an incomplete way.

Parashat Mattot contains a message for Ben Shapiroplayer

A novel set in Judea and Samaria

Based on actual people and events, the story could, unfortunately, really come to pass. Op-ed

A novel set in Judea and  Samaria

Is living in Israel an obligatory mitzvah? Rav Avraham Shapira and Rav Moshe Feinstein

Can living in Eretz Yisrael be compared to wearing tzitzit, obligatory only for someone wearing a 4 cornered garment?

Is living in Israel obligatory? Rav Shapira & Rav Feinstein

The mitzvah to live in Israel

Disparaging the State of Israel is a shortcoming that seemingly justifies remaining in the Diaspora today, but it does not hold water.

The mitzvah to live in Israel

Rise from the dust!

From the book by Tzvi Glatt, young Torah Scholar from America who studied at Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva.and was killed by terrorists in Hevron.

Rise from the dust!

Prophecy and Divine Inspiration today: Visualization

The Talmud says a person should envision that the master of what he is learning stands before him. Rav Soloveitchik describes doing so.

Prophecy and Divine Inspiration today: Visualization

How do you choose a Rabbi? Remembering HaRav Avraham Shapira zt"l

We asked if a Jewish government may surrender parts of Eretz Yisrael, and he said ‘Why ask me a question every child in Heder can answer?'

How do you choose a Rabbi? Remembering HaRav Avraham Shapira

Prophecy and Divine Inspiration today

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could simply talk to God, ask God Himself why the sky is blue or why bad things happen to good people?

Prophecy and Divine Inspiration today

Jerusalem Day - We have a dream

There is no incitement in marching through the "Muslim" Quarter where the British census of 1920 counted 1000 Jewish families.

Jerusalem Day - We have a dream

'The People shall rise up like Lions' - Lag Ba'Omer and Rav Kook

The incredible wonder of Lag Ba’Omer in Israel, where the revival of the Jewish Nation in Israel is a wonder that is impossible to explain.

'The People shall rise up like Lions'-Lag Ba'Omer and  Rav Kook

The Ingathering and Medinat Yisrael

In 1907, decades before the Holocaust, Rabbi Kook called out to the entire House of Israel with a plea:to come to Eretz Yisrael. Op-ed.

The Ingathering and Medinat Yisrael

Sometimes revenge is the best option

One thing is certain – we have to know who our enemy is and not delude ourselves into believing that he can be a partner for peace.Op-ed

Sometimes revenge is the best option

Yom Hazikaron - Israel Memorial Day

“Thank you, G-d, Thank you for taking me out of America. Thank you for making me realize that George Washington isn’t my real forefather.."

Yom Hazikaron - Israel Memorial Day

It is another beautiful morning in Jerusalem

Terrorists commited a bestial murder on Friday near Ariel, but they will not affect our love for this country. Op-ed.

It is another beautiful morning in Jerusalem

Never forget!

'The Survivor':Placing any other historical atrocity on the level of the Holocaust is not only inaccurate, it does a great injustice. Op-ed.

Never forget!

Dawn of Redemption

Rabbi Kook: Be strong...concerning the holy ways that our sacred ancestors and rabbis taught us...add to this a connection to the Holy Land.

Dawn of Redemption

A tale of freedom: Interview with former Prisoner of Zion, Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich.

Only a few decades ago, under the Soviets, Torah learning was banned, Torah scrolls, tefillin, texts were burned, Jews lived in fear.

A tale of freedom :Interview with a former Prisoner of Zion

A day in the life of the Holy Land

Our Sages said that every 4 steps in Israel adds merits in the World to Come. In America you can try walking from coast-to-coast.. Op-ed.

A day in the life of the Holy Land

Easter and the Jews

Rabbi Kook blamed Christianity's teachings for the Great War and its appalling cruelty and death, but did not advocate combatting it.

Easter and the Jews

Diaspora Jews tell Moses to get lost

I am talking about your average assimilated, Haredi, or Modern Orthodox Jew. Washington D.C. is their capital, America their homeland.Op-ed.

Diaspora Jews tell Moses to get lost

Holiday of Freedom? What does that mean?

On Seder Night we are to teach are children that their future lies not in New York or Florida, but  in our own Jewish Homeland. Op-ed.

Holiday of Freedom? What does that mean?

Why move to Israel? answering a reader's question

'Why move to Israel where the influence of secular Israelis is so pervasive and where our wellbeing will be jeopardized?” she asked. Op-ed.

Why move to Israel? answering a reader's question

The true Torah Way

The greatest Sanctification of Hashem's Name is the return of the Jewish People to Israel, Last Shabbat's Haftorah tells us that succinctly

The true Torah Way

Rabbi Kook was no liberal pacifist about war

In the midst of WWI when the nations were engaged in a savage outburst of killing and destruction, Rav Kook penned prophetic words.

Rabbi Kook was no liberal pacifist about  war

Rav Kanievsky zt"l on aliyah to Israel today

Rav Chaim Kanievsky's instructions about moving to Eretz Yisroel.

Rav Kanievsky zt"l on aliyah to Israel todayplayer

Shushan USA

Brothers and sisters, WAKE UP!  The story of the Megillah is being replayed today,

Shushan USA

Shabbat Zachor: Remember and never forget!

What is it that we are supposed to remember? The real motive for Amalek's attacking the Jews -so as to lure them to sexual transgression.

Shabbat Zachor: Remember and never forget!

A tale of torture

There is no Noam but it has been admitted that similar things happened to others. Should these confessions be accepted in court? .Op-ed.

A tale of torture

Purim in Kiev

Where is the Jewish wisdom in packing our bags only when the tanks of tyrants come rumbling into cities where we never belonged? Op-ed.

Purim in Kiev

Diary of a Hilltop Youth

A short story by Tzvi Fishman.

Diary of a Hilltop Youth

The secret transcript: A short story

Can you guess who the cabinet members in the cast are? Short story.

The secret transcript: A short story

Instant Jews

A short story. It is as if the politicians said: For every Jewish baby you bring into the world, we will make Instant Jews out of 100 goyim.

Instant Jews

Planet of the Jews

Jewish Life in the Land of Israel is not the same as Jewish Life in foreign lands.

Planet of the Jews

Rise in Anti-Semitism - Why?

Like the Jews of Shushan who were aghast at Haman’s decree,  the Jews of the Diaspora are dumbfounded. What has changed?

Rise in Anti-Semitism - Why?

Who was legendary Underground Lehi leader Avraham “Yair” Stern? For his 80th yahrzeit

Brave ideologue, poet and warrior, Lehi commander Avraham “Yair” Stern was killed by the British Police in Tel Aviv. Op-ed.

Who was legendary Underground Lehi leader Avraham “Yair” Stern?

The Hilltop Youth: rabble rousers or pioneers?

Media and other voices insist that the ‘hilltop youth’ movement is a negative phenomenon. Not true. So what are they?

The Hilltop Youth: rabble rousers or pioneers?