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.
Yom Ha'atzmaut marks the moment when Israel burst into being. More than ever, it's nothing to be taken for granted.
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.
A Jew living in Israel has to keep the faith. It is more difficult when surrounded by a sea of falsehood.
This city that feels like an entrance to Hell is said to be the point where Earth is united with Heaven.
Infanticide shakes Israel to the core. The world lets it pass unnoticed.
A Jewish woman and a Palestinian woman are long-time friends. But the images on Palestinian TV are driving them apart.
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.
The latest Gaza school bus attack should serve as a painful reminder to all American Jews.
Palestinians tried to lynch me, highlighting the power of the media to influence public opinion.
"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 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."
Our dreams of peace have gone up in the smoke of ransacked synagogues and blood-thirsty mobs.
"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."
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.
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 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.
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 ...
Thousands of strangers come to the funeral of a soldier who was kidnapped, tortured and killed because of his Star of David.
Saddam Hussein thought he was a reincarnated Babylonian king; his evil plan to kill the Jews ended with another Purim miracle...
An American woman visits Rachel's Tomb, Judaism's third holiest site, and learns how Jewish destiny embraces all generations.
As the intifada rages in Israel, one mother writes of the effect on her family and her faith.
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.
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.
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.
Amidst the grief of a friend's funeral, an Israeli woman declares: Jews are human, too.
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.
An American-born Torah scholar takes a wrong turn, and is nearly lynched to death by a Palestinian mob. His wife tells about it.
March 19, 2001 Efrat, city in mourning.
One Israeli immigrant mourns the tragic loss of another. A stranger, yet a sister.
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.
A group of Aish students tour America, and discover that a good idea is worth pursuing.