Israel Diary
click here to jump to beginning of article list
Join Our Newsletter

Get latest articles and videos with Jewish inspiration and insights​




Awaiting the Wounded

Awaiting the Wounded

by

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

Hebrew U Survivor

Hebrew U Survivor

by Michael Ledeen

Eliad Moreh survived the Hebrew U bombing and she has a message for the world.Courtesy of National Review Online.

At The Bombing

At The Bombing

by Eric Norman

A volunteer medic in Israel describes the scene of a lethal bus bombing.

Jerusalem Stories

Jerusalem Stories

by

A woman spends a week in Israel visiting victims of terror and their families.

Terrorism Won't Break Israeli Will

Terrorism Won't Break Israeli Will

by

This fight is for the world's future.

9 New Orphans

9 New Orphans

by Tzvi Yehuda Dickstein

A Palestinian terror attack leaves 9 new orphans.

What Did You Do During the War, Daddy?

What Did You Do During the War, Daddy?

by

Years down the road, what would I be able to say that I did while Israel was fighting for its very existence in the war on terror?

Choose Your Music

Choose Your Music

by

The Israeli army plays songs about peace and the end of war. The music speaks volumes.

Coming Home, Full of Hope

Coming Home, Full of Hope

by

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

A Tale of Two Families

A Tale of Two Families

by

The destinies of two families converge in the wave of terror.

Voices from the Valley of Death

Voices from the Valley of Death

by

A message to the Jews of the world from bereaved families during shiva.

Fashioned in the Womb

Fashioned in the Womb

by

Encounters with cruelty and compassion, and the womb that breeds them both.

Shiri, My Song

Shiri, My Song

by Tova Lebovits

Reflections from the funeral of a Gilo bus terror victim.

Community Anguish

Community Anguish

by

Once again tragedy has struck Shilo with the murder of Avi Siton.

Creating Diamonds

Creating Diamonds

by

A visitor to victims of terror discovers a sense of family, optimism about the future, and an unbreakable spirit that carries them through their almost unbearable pain.

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.

The Forgotten Weapon

The Forgotten Weapon

by M.D.D.

Military prowess and diplomatic maneuvering have not helped. Maybe it's time to look 'up.'

Israel Update: May 2002

Israel Update: May 2002

by Aish.com Staff

In this issue: Exploding myths, a visit to the Holy Land, and the question of pigskin for terrorists.

Cry of A Nation

Cry of A Nation

by

Getting out of this mess is less of an individual challenge, and more of a national unity project.

Today We Buried Gedalia

Today We Buried Gedalia

by Pearl Skolnik

As we remember the great sacrifice of the soldiers who were killed defending Israel, the following is a tribute to one of the latest heroes of Israel.

Israel Spiritual Symposium: Israel Independence Day: Pain and Blessings

Israel Spiritual Symposium: Israel Independence Day: Pain and Blessings

by

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

Jews At War

Jews At War

by

An Israeli soldier in the reserves describes what it is like to wage war in a uniquely Jewish army.

Why I Am Not Afraid

Why I Am Not Afraid

by

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?

by

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

Roadblocks of the Spirit

Roadblocks of the Spirit

by

An Israeli reserve soldier describes his experience guarding a roadblock.

And We All Pray...

And We All Pray...

by

How do we Israelis deal with this constant killing that lurks around every corner, flaring up in periodic, spectacular displays of just how evil man can be?

Evil Is Now

Evil Is Now

by

For one woman, Saturday night's slaughter in Jerusalem rips apart the denial that Evil wants to wipe out the Jews.

"I am a Jew. My mother is a Jew..."

by

I don't know what kind of Jew Daniel Pearl was -- if he went to synagogue regularly or thought about keeping kosher. And it just doesn't matter.

Ray of Hope

Ray of Hope

by

A deadly attack left Karnei Shomron residents stunned, but the pain is accompanied by a ray of hope.

Lot's Wife

Lot's Wife

by

A mother, whose son was murdered by Arab terrorists, calls on Palestinian mothers to stop the sanctification of their children's death.

Where No Bullet Can Penetrate

Where No Bullet Can Penetrate

by

First-person account of the shooting spree on Jaffa Road.

The Normal Life?

The Normal Life?

by Esther Sutton

In Israel, we cannot go on pretending that all is well and normal.

My Value as a Jew

My Value as a Jew

by

As a Jew living in the Jewish land, my value has appreciated a thousand-fold.

Understanding the Bat Mitzvah Attack

Understanding the Bat Mitzvah Attack

by

Our response to this terrorist tragedy must be activism, not despair.

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

by Dr. Nathan Cherny

This was a cruel senseless murder of a man who epitomized the hope for coexistence.

Hebron Surprise

Hebron Surprise

by Barbara Lerner

The physical reality of a mythical city.

The Heroes Among Us

The Heroes Among Us

by

Israel's heroic and breathtaking operation serves as a potent reminder of just how special this country is.

A Hand, Not a Handout

A Hand, Not a Handout

by

President Bush has called on Americans to reach out and help others. Here's an Israeli who sets a good example.

Intersecting Lives

Intersecting Lives

by

Two young women snuffed out by terrorists. Their lives so different, yet so much the same.

Reflections from the Land

Reflections from the Land

by

For a young Toronto family, a year-long sabbatical in Israel reaps unexpected rewards.

Shootout in Gaza

Shootout in Gaza

by Moshe, IDF Soldier

Media reports of an IDF mission in Gaza don't seem to match the experience of a soldier who was there.

Terror First Hand

Terror First Hand

by

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

by

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

by

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

by

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.

by

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

by

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

Sign up today!