"Ladies and gentlemen will you please charge your glasses, be upstanding, the toast is the President of the State of Israel" We've all been to simchas dressed in our best clothes, singing along as the band strikes up the Israeli national anthem.
As we prepare to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel, we thank G-d for its tremendous accomplishments on so many fronts – religious, cultural, scientific and so many more, all achieved whilst combating so much hostility from the outside. Today, Israel’s Jewish population is around six million, a most significant number and truly miraculous, given that the State arose from the ashes of the Holocaust.
by Simon Goulden, Educational Consultant to United Synagogue
Hazor, one of the most important sites in our early history, was one which also helped to make the reputation of Yigal Yadin (d.1984). Yadin was a soldier, scholar, archaeologist and politician. Tel Hazor can be split into two parts: the 30-acre acropolis and the 175-acre lower city. It seems that Hazor was already important in Avraham's time and was the largest fortified area in the land during the Israelite period (ninth century B.C.E.).
Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference
Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference is a new feature-length documentary that explores the positive characteristics of Israeli society from a humanistic, psychological, and emotional perspective. This insightful and uplifting documentary sidesteps the usual conversation of politics, conflict and violence, and tells the story of the Israeli people – whose resilience has propelled Israel to the forefront of world innovation and progress.