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Joining the IDF as a lone soldier

Joining the IDF as a lone soldier

Hillary Marcus has always had strong ties to Israel, both personal and familial, but it wasn’t until 2009 — when Israel went to war in Gaza — that those ties became what she now calls a connection.

Her three-week visit to Israel, in December, 2008 and January, 2009, coincided — literally to the day — with the military operation the Israelis called Operation Cast Lead, a response to Palestinian rocket attacks.

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Noy takes Christian Zionists to Israel

Noy takes Christian Zionists to Israel In 1979, the Association for the Welfare of the Israeli Soldiers sent sabra Elisha Noy to Denver to check out Faith Bible Chapel, which had invited AWIS’ chairman to speak at its Israel Awareness Day celebration. Usually invitations are interpreted as a gesture of endorsement — but the Israelis weren’t so sure.
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Investors find 'unpolished' diamond in Akko

Investors find 'unpolished' diamond in AkkoMUHAMMAD ABU Marwan takes me through the artsy living room of Arabesque: An Arts and Residency Center in the Old City of Akko, Israel, with the noble air of an effendi, as if he were the proud owner. Leading me into a beautifully tiled, luxurious guest room furnished with antiques, he explains how the room was once a stable for his son’s horses.
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Michal Peleg-Uziyahu: Outgoing shlicha

Michal Peleg-Uziyahu: Outgoing shlichaON AN early morning at JEWISHcolorado, Michal Peleg-Uziyahu arrives clutching a cup of coffee but never takes a sip. Her rapid-fire words, a delicious blend of decaf and the real stuff — heavily accented English and Hebrew — omit the opportunity. Peleg-Uziyahu, who became Israel’s shlicha (emissary) to Colorado in 2011, is leaving her Denver-based post in mid-June of this year. Spurred by memories, accomplishments and intimations of the future, the “almost” 38-year-old Israeli from t...

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Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein: Humble and towering teacher

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein: Humble and towering teacherRabbi Aharon Lichtenstein was awarded the Israel Prize last year on Israel Independence Day for his towering knowledge of Talmud, his mastery of the Western canon (he was then the youngest person to receive a PhD in English from Harvard), and his capacity to speak to contemporary issues. A leading figure in Israeli intellectual life, a head of the hesder yeshiva in Gush Etzion, Israel, and a revered mentor to both his disciples and his readers in Israel and abroad, Rabbi Lichtenstein died earli...

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