Closure for Terror Victims

Friends, Closure Sunday, I sat in Ofer Military Court with Eli Borochov and his family. Eli, an American tourist visiting Hebron had been shot in 2015 along with another visitor to the holy Cave of the Patriarchs. While waiting for the judges to convene, we reminisced about our days as neighbors in Cedarhurst, New York. … Continued

Israel Takes a PR Beating for Blasting a Terror Tunnel

Friends, It’s been a busy day for Israel in the international news cycle and that’s usually not a good sign. Israeli press is largely, if not thoroughly, supportive of the war against terror that goes on here daily. However, Israel has taken a hit in the world media, while protecting our citizens from terrorist infiltration … Continued

The US Embassy in Tel Aviv – “Move it!”

Friends, “Move it.” That’s what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congressman Trent Franks, when asked about the US Embassy, in our recent meeting together in Jerusalem. “Jerusalem is our capital. Our friends should recognize that and move their embassies to Jerusalem. It’s that simple.” So, we took our Congressional mission on a tour of Jerusalem. … Continued

Warmest Wishes for a Wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend

Friends, Warmest wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. We will be celebrating here too, with specially ordered turkey and all the fixings, including late-night football and American pie. Enjoying with you, the holiday that best amplifies our shared values of family, God, humility and thanks. May you and yours know only health and happiness together … Continued

Post Hurricane Thoughts from Israel

Friends, As Houston pulls itself out of the water and Miami starts to clean up, we are witness to a great spirit of kinship among all; and especially with our Jewish brothers who sought shelter in places like Atlanta who opened their hearts and homes, hosting strangers for Shabbat and more. We are one, and … Continued

The Truth about the Temple Mount Crisis and Supporting Israel

Friends, Here’s an idea for all of us over the summer: Buy Israeli products. This is our productive positive answer to those who would rather boycott Israel. Boycott? Nah. I’d rather purchase the excellent Israeli items for sale. So thanks in advance, and we hope you enjoy the companies that we are highlighting for you … Continued

Happy (belated) Fourth of July from Israel!

Friends, Summer is officially here! Fourth of July conjures up grass, picnic baskets, red and white checkers, plastic digging toys and the smell of home cooking. For me, add the salt and wind of a beach and you’ve got a great kickoff to summer vacation, like the good old days. We got out of the … Continued

The Western Wall & Direct Words from Congress

Friends, Allow me to interject some internal Israeli politics into our usual report from here. The raging debate is on the character of prayer at the Kotel, or Western Wall, the closest we Jews can come to open prayer near the remnants of the Temple. Here’s a look inside the discussion of Jewish character and … Continued

These NFL Players were Moved by Jerusalem!

Friends, It’s been a hot week in Israel, and a busy one. NFL fans will be thrilled to know that 18 of the greatest to play the game, including Joe Montana, Roger Staubach, Eric Dickerson and yes, Cleveland’s own legendary Jim Brown, had what their group called a life-changing visit to Israel this week. Heavily … Continued

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