Category: INFORM

Detail: Israel Defense Forces Weapons Instructor.

TISHA B’ AV 5777—A New Day

The Jewish community does this the day after Tisha B’Av every year—they move on. They do not stay focused on tragedies. They spend Tisha B’Av recognizing the horrific events of the past, reflecting on the significance, and then wake-up the next morning to a new day.

Rosh Hashanah 5777 (Leviticus 23:23-25)

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, saying: “In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.”

Heroes Are Not Born (Proverbs 24:11-12)

We don’t normally think of the Scots in terms of those who rescued Jewish people from the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust. We’re more familiar with Corrie Ten Boom born in the Netherlands and the German Lutheran pastor, Dietrich Bonheoffer. But, when the name, Jane Haining, from Dunscore, Dumfriesshire in Scotland recently came to my attention, I determined to know more about her courageous selfless life.

Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp survivors arrive in Haifa, Israel, July 15, 1945 only to be arrested by the British.

Israel Ed: The Slippery Path Of Misguided Expediency

The Balfour Declaration’s bold expression of support for a Jewish homeland issued in 1917 by British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour on behalf of King George V and the government of Great Britain did not go unchallenged. The Mandate to establish a Jewish national home was virtually derailed by government officials motivated by misguided expediency rather than moral clarity.

Bas Relief: The Triumphal Arch in Rome depicting the removal of Temple treasures following Titus’ victory in Jerusalem in AD 70.

INFORM (Tisha B’Av)

“This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!’” Lamentations 3:21-24

David Ben-Gurion (First Prime Minister of Israel) publicly pronouncing the Declaration of the State of Israel, May 14 1948, Tel Aviv, Israel.

INFORM: The Fight for Survival

Despite the narrative routinely championed by the liberal media, Israel’s War of Independence was a defensive war—a war of survival. Simultaneously attacked by five Arab states and perilously outnumbered by armies with superior weaponry, Israel emerged the victor with God’s help.