5 Unique Facts About the Israel Defense Forces

Jul 10, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

In 1948, with the country in middle of its War for Independence, the interim government ordered the establishment of the Tzvah Haganah L’Yisrael, Hebrew for the “Israel Defense Forces” (IDF). Underground fighting units were dismantled and thousands of volunteer immigrant farmers, some of them Holocaust survivors, were drafted into a new unified military to fight off the invading Arab armies. Generations later, the war still goes on, however the IDF […]

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Judaism and the Environment: An Introduction

Jul 02, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

Thousands of years ago, before ecology became a worldwide human concern, Judaism dealt in a detailed and sophisticated manner with environmental issues. In Genesis (1:28), G-d commands man to “fill the world and subdue it.” It seems the Torah permits us to use the world as we see fit. However, a few verses later (Genesis 2:15), the Torah counters this statement by telling us that G-d put Adam in the […]

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Rosh Chodesh: A Monthly Renewal

Jun 22, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

The idea of sanctifying time is one of the foundations of Jewish faith and practice. In fact, the first words of the Torah are “In the beginning,” the beginning of time itself, which ever since has provided the backdrop for the interaction of the physical world and the spiritual which preceded it. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that the first commandment in the Torah given to the Jews […]

Category  : Judaism