Israel Independence Day - Yom Ha'Atzmaut
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Environment Priority

Environment Priority

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There is one country in the world that has devoted over a century to reforestation and greening the land. And I'm not talking about the United States or Liechtenstein.

Israel's Gift to a Terrorized World

Israel's Gift to a Terrorized World

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No country's soul has been more severely tested than Israel's.

55 Reasons to Visit Israel

55 Reasons to Visit Israel

by Aish.com Readers

Aish.com readers share their enthusiasm for Israel.

Loving the Land of Israel

Loving the Land of Israel

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The spiritual power of God's special place.

Missing in Action

Missing in Action

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Memorial Day is especially painful for the families of soldiers whose fate remains unknown.

Passage to Israel

Passage to Israel

by Tim Collie

Despite the hardships of adjusting to a new country amid the threat of terrorism, these Florida families wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

Our Journey Home

Our Journey Home

by Esther Ohayon

Having attained our personal, professional, and spiritual goals in Toronto, we decided to realize the dream that our ancestors prayed for but could not fulfill: living in Israel.

Tears on Grey Cement

Tears on Grey Cement

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An Israeli high school student falls victim to Arab terror. Her schoolmate recounts how.

Jerusalem's Supermen

Jerusalem's Supermen

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Two unknown heroes tackle the poverty in Israel.

Israel Needs You

Israel Needs You

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It is up to every Jew in the Diaspora to snap out of this fearful mindset and come visit Israel.

To Live As Jews

To Live As Jews

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The horrific attack in Itamar is a wake up call to the entire Jewish people.

Israeli Courage

Israeli Courage

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What is it that allows so many Israelis to display courage and resilience in the face of tremendous challenge and difficulty?

Virtual Tourism in Israel

Virtual Tourism in Israel

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One visitor finds an innovative way to express unconditional caring and support for beleaguered Israelis.

Was I Afraid?

Was I Afraid?

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My two years in Jerusalem taught me an important lesson.

Living with Miracles

Living with Miracles

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Why I made aliyah during the Intifada.

Awaiting the Wounded

Awaiting the Wounded

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Being in charge of the only Level I trauma center from the Jordan Valley to Beersheba, I have seen indescribable anguish, and hope.

Coming Home, Full of Hope

Coming Home, Full of Hope

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July 11, 2002 -- I write to you, finally, as Noa Resi Hirsch, an Israeli citizen.

Mom, I'm Moving To Israel

Mom, I'm Moving To Israel

by Jenna Ziman

For the Jewish people, there is no such thing as a wrong or bad time to go to Israel.

Israel Spiritual Symposium: Israel Independence Day: Pain and Blessings

Israel Spiritual Symposium: Israel Independence Day: Pain and Blessings

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Yom Ha'Atzma'ut will be rather painful this year, especially for those of us fortunate enough to live in Israel.

Israel Spiritual Symposium: What Are We Dying For For?

Israel Spiritual Symposium: What Are We Dying For For?

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Israel's moment of truth forces Jews worldwide to identify themselves.

Why I Am Not Afraid

Why I Am Not Afraid

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Terrorists want our fear as much as our blood. Whatever happens, they sure won't get my fear.

Why Live In Israel Today?

Why Live In Israel Today?

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Despite the uncertainty and threat of terror, Israelis are here to stay.

Roadblocks of the Spirit

Roadblocks of the Spirit

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An Israeli reserve soldier describes his experience guarding a roadblock.

Sending Our Son to the I.D.F.

Sending Our Son to the I.D.F.

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Emotions run high as one Israeli family sends their first-born son off to the army.

We Are Not Moving

We Are Not Moving

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Our enemies seek to destroy more than our bodies: it is our spirit. It is in this that they are most mistaken. Nothing is so indomitable as the Jewish spirit.

The Mother Brigade

The Mother Brigade

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My mother led a one-woman solidarity mission to Israel to prop up the nation's economy and flagging spirits.

A Zionist Manifesto

A Zionist Manifesto

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Is Israel fighting a losing battle?

Help Israel Now

Help Israel Now

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In difficult times, we can't continue as if nothing has happened.

Israel Now

Israel Now

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Is the future of American Jewry secure?

Israel's Right to the Land

Israel's Right to the Land

by Senator Jim Inhofe

A skillful presentation by U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) on the Senate floor, March 4, 2002.

Why Support Israel?

Why Support Israel?

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If Israel were wiped out tomorrow, Europeans would ask for a brief minute of silence, then sigh relief, and roll up their sleeves to get down to trade and business.

Top 53 Reasons We Love Israel

Top 53 Reasons We Love Israel

by aish.com

Israel holds a special place in the hearts of people everywhere. Here are our readers' top 53 reasons we love the land and its people.

Nothing for Granted

Nothing for Granted

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Yom Ha'atzmaut marks the moment when Israel burst into being. More than ever, it's nothing to be taken for granted.

ISRAEL: What's Taking so Long

ISRAEL: What's Taking so Long

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Making Aliyah is no picnic. But the daily challenges are insignificant since I'm playing a vital role in the Jewish people's destined return to the land of Israel.

Living Here

Living Here

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On a bus in Jerusalem, all eyes followed the girl who suddenly broke down and cried.

His Name Was Nachshon Wachsman

His Name Was Nachshon Wachsman

by Esther Wachsman

A mother, who mobilized the world to save her son -- an Israeli soldier kidnapped by Hamas terrorists -- tells the story of one fateful week in the history of Israel.

To Restore Our Destiny

To Restore Our Destiny

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Israel Independence Day is the time to ask: Where have we been, and where are we heading?

Still Crazy: Why We Made Aliyah

Still Crazy: Why We Made Aliyah

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For 2,000 years of exile, Jews had cried and prayed to return to the land. Now we can do it just by hopping on a plane, so why don't we?

A Place to Sigh: Israel Memorial Day

A Place to Sigh: Israel Memorial Day

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Thousands of strangers come to the funeral of a soldier who was kidnapped, tortured and killed because of his Star of David.

A Different Kind of Independence

A Different Kind of Independence

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A survivor of an Arab terrorist attack tells of her battle to be liberated from the scars of her experience.

Israeli Army Vignettes

Israeli Army Vignettes

by Rabbi Ken Spiro, Stuart Schrader & Rabbi Kalman Packouz

Ahh the joys of army service: figuring out the difference between the dress and work uniform ... keeping your fingers out of the gun barrel ... fasting in the desert heat ...

Israel's Strength

Israel's Strength

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National strength isn't defined by military might alone. It's also based on unity, mutual respect, and a clear sense of purpose.

A Letter From the Front Line

A Letter From the Front Line

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This letter was written by Danny Verbov, the director of Aish HaTorah's Danny Frei Jerusalem Fellowship Program, and sent to the global Aish HaTorah family.

History Crash Course #63: Modern Zionism

History Crash Course #63: Modern Zionism

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Herzl launched the political framework for the modern State of Israel.

History Crash Course #64: The British Mandate

History Crash Course #64: The British Mandate

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The British promised to create a Jewish state, but served their own Arab-linked interests as millions died in the Holocaust.

History Crash Course #65: The State of Israel

History Crash Course #65: The State of Israel

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After the British turned away Holocaust survivors from Israel, the UN voted to partition the land.

History Crash Course #66: War

History Crash Course #66: War

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Since its founding in 1948, Israel has been in a constant state of war, and yet has achieved great economic success.

History Crash Course #67: The Miracle of Jewish History

History Crash Course #67: The Miracle of Jewish History

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In the final analysis, Jewish history makes no rational sense.

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