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Terror First Hand

Terror First Hand

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On a bus targeted by a terrorist, a 16-year-old girl faces death.

The Day Rechavam Ze'evi Was Assassinated

The Day Rechavam Ze'evi Was Assassinated

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For me, Wednesday, October 17, was a day that started in tragedy and ended in celebration.

Remembering

Remembering "Shema Yisrael"

by Ben-Zion Nemett

The son of a Holocaust survivor, is also the father of a Sbarro survivor. His message spans the generations.

No More Labels

No More Labels

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There were no "Charedim" (orthodox Jews) who died in Sbarro.

Shiva Call

Shiva Call

by Renee Beth Khotim

Is it possible to pay a shiva call to a stranger? One woman discovers that it's not so strange at all.

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.

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.

The Jerusalem Burials

The Jerusalem Burials

by Harvey Tannenbaum

The day after the pizzeria bombing, a surreal scene enveloped the Jerusalem cemetery. Too many funerals, not enough tears.

Inside the Cauldron: Eyewitness to Jerusalem Bombing

Inside the Cauldron: Eyewitness to Jerusalem Bombing

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A rabbi who survived the carnage describes its horror and heartbreak.

All My Fault

All My Fault

by Matt Leader

One Jerusalemite stares at the charred wreckage and ponders the irrational world response.

My Promise to Kaya

My Promise to Kaya

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When Jews are in trouble, it sometimes takes courage to speak out. Whether the threat is in Germany or in the Middle East.

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.

Unity and Tragedy

Unity and Tragedy

by Yigal Segal

When a Jew is struck down by terrorist bullets, everyone feels the tragedy. And through that unity, there is hope.

Go To Israel

Go To Israel

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Youth movements have cancelled summer trips to Israel, and the Maccabiah Games were almost postponed. Now may be the perfect time to visit.

My Cousin Yehuda

My Cousin Yehuda

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A cousin of the 5-month-old baby who was murdered by Palestinian terrorists reflects on this barbaric killing.

Night of the Sirens

Night of the Sirens

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How does one respond to Israel's recent tragedies?

No More Watermelon

No More Watermelon

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A tour of duty in the Israeli army shows one man the pain of a nation, and the pain of a family.

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.

The Truth of Israel

The Truth of Israel

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A Jew living in Israel has to keep the faith. It is more difficult when surrounded by a sea of falsehood.

Inside Hebron: A Personal Encounter

Inside Hebron: A Personal Encounter

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This city that feels like an entrance to Hell is said to be the point where Earth is united with Heaven.

Our Murdered Baby

Our Murdered Baby

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Infanticide shakes Israel to the core. The world lets it pass unnoticed.

Insidious Palestinian Television

Insidious Palestinian Television

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A Jewish woman and a Palestinian woman are long-time friends. But the images on Palestinian TV are driving them apart.

The Jigsaw Puzzle

The Jigsaw Puzzle

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Living with a new sense of palpable fear, a resident of the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem's Old City describes how she soothes her over-wrought nerves.

A Call to Action: Father of Gaza Terror Victim Speaks Out

A Call to Action: Father of Gaza Terror Victim Speaks Out

by Stephen M. Flatow

The latest Gaza school bus attack should serve as a painful reminder to all American Jews.

Victim of the Media War

Victim of the Media War

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Palestinians tried to lynch me, highlighting the power of the media to influence public opinion.

What's Holy?

What's Holy?

by Saul Behr

"What is this madness that has overtaken the rest of the world? I believe the correct Jewish response is not to point fingers, but rather to introspect."

Anti-Semitism Now: A View From South Africa

Anti-Semitism Now: A View From South Africa

by Laurey Forman

"Anti-Semitism is by no means dead. I can no longer pretend that I am just like everyone else on campus. If the world is determined to hate me, then I must be something special."

Elie Wiesel Speaks Out

Elie Wiesel Speaks Out

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Our dreams of peace have gone up in the smoke of ransacked synagogues and blood-thirsty mobs.

Bring Us to Our Borders in Peace

Bring Us to Our Borders in Peace

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"There is an undercurrent of tension. I am all too aware that, not so far away, Jewish police officers and soldiers are putting their lives on the line to protect Israel."

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.

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?

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.

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 ...

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.

Gulf War Miracles

Gulf War Miracles

by Charles Samuel

Saddam Hussein thought he was a reincarnated Babylonian king; his evil plan to kill the Jews ended with another Purim miracle...

Tears At Rachel's Tomb

Tears At Rachel's Tomb

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An American woman visits Rachel's Tomb, Judaism's third holiest site, and learns how Jewish destiny embraces all generations.

Shilo: A Mother's Story

Shilo: A Mother's Story

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As the intifada rages in Israel, one mother writes of the effect on her family and her faith.

In the Heart of Jerusalem

In the Heart of Jerusalem

by Kent Swigard

During a month in the Old City of Jerusalem, a Seattle native learns a lot about the security situation -- yet discovers even more about his heritage and himself.

Goodbye to Mother

Goodbye to Mother

by David Wilder, Hebron

The principal told the girls that their teacher, Mrs. Rina Didovsky, would not be returning to their classroom because she had died of her wounds. The girls began crying and wailing.

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A "Minor" Incident

by Eliyahu Shiffman

How bad can "light injuries" be? As someone who works in Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center, I know the extent to which "light injuries" can leave permanent scars, both physical and emotional.

Where Were You CNN?

Where Were You CNN?

by Maxine

Amidst the grief of a friend's funeral, an Israeli woman declares: Jews are human, too.

Fearful Nights in the City of Peace

Fearful Nights in the City of Peace

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I peered into the eyes of my 11-year-old daughter. Yes, I said. If the worst should happen we must not be afraid because there is meaning to living as a Jew.

Terror At The Tunnels

Terror At The Tunnels

by Miriam Brovender

An American-born Torah scholar takes a wrong turn, and is nearly lynched to death by a Palestinian mob. His wife tells about it.

The Murder of Baruch Cohen

The Murder of Baruch Cohen

by Harvey Tannenbaum

March 19, 2001 Efrat, city in mourning.

A Funeral, A Name, and A Question

A Funeral, A Name, and A Question

by Aryeh ben Levi

One Israeli immigrant mourns the tragic loss of another. A stranger, yet a sister.

Little Bodies

Little Bodies

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Even within hell, it takes a truly twisted and evil mind to smash a boot down on the face of a porcelain doll and declare war on a child.

Hitting the Heartland

Hitting the Heartland

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A group of Aish students tour America, and discover that a good idea is worth pursuing.

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