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Zionism - Minnesota Style

Definition of Zionism: the national movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel.

Growing up in Israel I always knew - I am a Zionist.

I felt it when I was three years old sitting with eight people in a small ro…

1,195 days in captivity

After a long time, Israel finally got a sign of life from Gilad Shalit in the form of a video.  You can view it here

Shalit was kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists during a cross-border raid on an IDF base near Gaza on June 25, 2006. 

The two-minute long clip, which was provided in exc…

My first Rosh Hashanah in the USA

Wow! Rosh Hashanah in the USA! As an Israeli, I can honestly say that you can’t understand how different the last three days were from all I know:  the services, the customs, the people and the food. There is only one thing I can say for sure - If you’re a Jew, you will need a diet afte…

An Israeli tragedy raises an Israeli conflict

On Sunday, just 5 minutes before starting to teach a new Talmud Torah course by the name of “Israeli Dilemmas” I received an email from my brother in Israel which made my whole body shiver. It said, “In case you haven’t heard yet, Asaf Ramon, son of Ilan Ramon ZL, was killed earlie…

Proud to be St. Paul's New Shlicha

5:00 a.m. I wake up in my bed in Rishon L'zion, Israel…I hardly slept but it is so hard to get up when you know it is the last time you will wake up in your house for the next 12 months.
5:12 a.m. My father comes to help me with the luggage (I wonder if anyone would notice if I take my best…