Yarden Gerbi became an Israeli hero during the recent Rio Games with her bronze medal win in judo following an impressive display of strength and strategy. Now she’s making headlines for her impressive display of compassion: auctioning off her Olympic name tag and giving the money to a Tel Aviv hospital to purchase medical equipment for their pediatric cancer unit.
In conjunction with our new prayer booklet, Work of the Heart: Ten Biblical Lessons on the Power of Prayer, we’ve created a quiz to see how much you know about matters related to prayer in the Bible. Do you know the Hebrew word for prayer and who said the first recorded prayer in the Bible? Take our quiz to find out!
Mina was 30 years old when she met her husband, Benny. She was teaching high school chemistry classes in Siberia at the time and Benny was the brother of one of her college friends. Benny was training to become a pilot, and, most importantly, he was Jewish, just like Mina. They got married and moved to Russia. But then tragedy struck . . .
Irena Sendler was a Polish nurse who worked with Poland's underground during World War II, saving more than 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis.
When the children of the recently deceased Marcel Mazliah, who worked for the Hadera Power Station since 1973, found a collection of metal artifacts that he collected during the construction of the power station, they decided to return the objects to the Israel Antiquities Authority. After the experts looked over the metal artifacts, they discovered the objects were about 3,500 years old.
Israeli innovators have invented goggles that use special cameras to help pilots see through fogs and inclement weather. This means safer air travel for everyone!
On Wings of Eagles is a Fellowship program that assists needy Jews in making aliyah (immigrating to Israel). They come from all over the world — Russia, Argentina, India, Muslim countries, and elsewhere — to escape anti-Semitism and extreme poverty, and to realize the dream of living in their biblical homeland. When they arrive in Israel, On Wings of Eagles provides them with klitah (resettlement) assistance to help them become full, productive citizens.
Archaeologist in Israel have discovered a first century CE stone factory that used to produce stone bowls and cups. While they haven’t found anything more than small containers, this factory could be the same one that produced the stone basins that held the water Jesus turned to wine.
This year’s 2016 Olympic Games have brought two bronze medals to Israel, but the games had to come to a close. While Israel didn’t bring home any gold medals, the two judo winners, Yarden Gerbi and Or Sasson, were welcomed home to Israel with lots of excitement and pride.
I recently visited a widow who said to me, “Rabbi, I can’t believe I’m still alive. I was very sick just a few months ago. My sister had cancer and died last year. My husband had cancer and died a few years earlier. When they told me I had cancer, I figured I would die, too. I told my kids, 'Abba (Daddy) misses me and I will go be with him soon.' But my children cried and asked me not to give up, so I didn’t. I had a successful operation and I’m still here. After the successful surgery my kids joked, ‘I guess Abba decided he doesn’t need you that badly right now after all!’ You see Rabbi, anything is possible!”