(Black and) Blue and White

By Cliff Keller — We have been misinformed. Recent events suggest that the world’s oldest profession, contrary to longstanding claims to the contrary, must surely be criticism. Criticism’s probable precedence over all other human pursuits makes perfect sense. Passing judgment is fun, easy to do, has no age limitations and requires neither logic, training or education to participate.

Israel bears down to reckon with COVID-19

By Cliff Keller — The malls have closed in Israel. As of March 15, 2020 and recent regs passed to hinder the spread of COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus, so have all Israel’s gyms, public swimming pools, discos, bars, restaurants, movie theaters, heritage sites and hotels. Public transportation remains functioning but Israel’s Health Ministry

The Mystery of the Burial Caves of Israel

The Mystery of the Burial Caves of Israel- By Chana B. -Magical and mysterious is an ideal description of the Galilee and Golan regions of Northern Israel, areas steeped in history and tradition. Intriguing structures, several crowned with blue domes that sprinkle the land. Research has determined that the mysterious structures are the final resting

Iran Alive Ministries - Bringing Iranian Muslims to Faith

Iran Alive Ministries – Bringing Iranian Muslims to Faith – By Susan Silver – At the time of Purim we naturally think of the ancient town of Shushan, which is located just outside the modern western Iranian city of Shush. According to Dr. Hormoz Shariat, Shush contains what both Jews and Muslims believe to be

Twice Rescued - The Story of Holocaust Survivor Ernest Winter

Twice Rescued – The Story of Holocaust Survivor Ernest WinterAs he witnessed his father’s ordinary wooden casket being lowered into its grave, young Ernest Winter’s little heart cried out in protest, “Surely my father is not dead like an old stone! There must be more to life than this!” On the way home from the

PURIM - Joy in the Midst a Miracle of Uncertainty

PURIM – Joy in the Midst a Miracle of Uncertainty- By Cliff Keller -Was Qasem Soleimani’s recent death a “moment of liberation?” Purim is many things to many people and, like most Jewish holidays, replete with paradox. It is the “classic account of our people’s confrontation with brute anti-Semitism,” wrote the late Dr. Rabbi David

Sign me up for the Seder

Sign me up for the Seder- By Aaron Allsbrook – Pastor Lee marveled during the Seder at the collective memory of the Jewish people, the continuity of historical identity of the Jewish people, the “we were slaves in Egypt,” “our fathers,” and “the L-rd took us out with anoutstretched arm.” He appreciated what the Jewish people

Irreconcilable Differences

Irreconcilable DifferencesBy Cliff Keller — In its Proclamation of Independence, Israel promised itself and the world that it would adopt, by October 1, 1948, a written constitution with which to govern itself. It failed to do so and that failure weighs heavily upon the nation today, over seventy years later. In the absence of a

Dead Before It Was Born

Dead Before It Was Born – By Cliff Keller – Rajab Abu Siriya, a writer for the Arabic language newspaper Al Ayyam based in Ramallah, Israel, did not think much of President Trump’s recent “Deal of the Century.” In an article for Al Ayyam entitled The Enemy’s Deal, Siriya called the plan, unveiled in a

A Perfect Example

A Perfect Example By: Cliff Keller — The day before Iranian major general Qasem Soleimani’s first funeral in Iran, he had four of them, a friend and I went on a search for a good hardware store in and around the Jerusalem suburb of Abu Gosh. My friend Derek (not his real name), an American

Community as a Way of Life - A Look at the Gathering

Community as a      Way of Life – A Look at the Gathering – By Joe Miterko – “One generation will praise Your works, to another they will acclaim Your mighty acts” (Psalm 145:4 TLV). In Judaism, the concept of L’Dor VaDor (From Generation to Generation) is of utmost importance. It is written about