On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a little-known story offers inspiration

By Arlene Bridges Samuels Jan. 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Amid the worldwide resurgence of anti-Semitism, recommitting to the rallying cry of “Never Again” is vital. The venom of hatred is once again poisoning the world against the Jews, God’s chosen people. Simply remembering the Holocaust is not enough. We cannot imitate the European…

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Red Alert: Do We Practice Our Faith in Response to the “Most Anti-Semitic Year” That Was 2021?

By Amy Zewe— This week I came across a most startling headline on the website JNS.org (Jewish News Syndicate). While often times we can find article titles that lure us in to click on some sensational news story, only to be left deflated with paragraphs of nonsense that may not even relate to the headline—we…

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Iran’s Palestinian Proxy: Jihad against Israel and America

By Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute— The Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), the second largest and hugely influential group in the Gaza Strip after Hamas, does not believe that the conflict with Israel is over Jerusalem, settlements, borders, checkpoints or Palestinian prisoners. Like Hamas, PIJ’s “logical intellectual vision considers all of Palestine still occupied from…

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Israel gearing up for mass immigration from Ukraine

By World Israel News Staff— With the possibility of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the U.S. quietly evacuating embassy employees and their families from the eastern European country, Israel is gearing up for an influx of Jewish refugees. According to Haaretz, Israeli government ministers met Sunday in a closed-door meeting to discuss strategy for…

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Report: Israeli fighter jets, refueling planes hold massive drill aimed at Tehran

By Times of Israel— Israeli fighter jets carried out a large drill over the Mediterranean that included practicing mid-air refueling, according to a report in a Saudi-run news outlet Thursday. The unverified report in London-based Elaph described air maneuvers on Thursday by “an unusually large” contingent of F-15, F-16 and F-35 fighter craft, as well…

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Israeli-led resolution combating Holocaust denial receives overwhelming support at UN

BY Mike Wagenheim, Jewish News Syndicate— The first time, it was about remembrance. This time, it’s about preserving those memories. On Thursday, an Israeli-led resolution calling for a clear definition of Holocaust denial and concrete steps to fight it, passed the U.N. General Assembly by consensus. A total of 114 countries joined in as co-sponsors,…

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Lapid talks with Turkish FM, in first acknowledged call in 13 years

By Times of Israel— Foreign Minister Yair Lapid spoke Thursday by phone with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, amid an apparent thaw in relations between Jerusalem and Ankara. According to Lapid’s office, Cavusoglu called to inquire about the foreign minister’s health following his COVID-19 diagnosis. The phone call was the first between Israeli and Turkish…

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A Year of Unforced Errors for Biden in the Middle East

By Jonathan Schanzer, The Dispatch— One year into his presidency, Joe Biden endeavors to pivot away from the Middle East. The Middle East simply won’t let him. Like his predecessors, the president continues to struggle with the right approach to this important and perilous region. To date, many of Biden’s approaches have amounted to unforced…

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The Miracle of Aliyah: Israel’s Historic Puzzle Pieces Fall into Place

By Arlene Bridges Samuels, CBN Israel— “Go forth from your land and from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you” (Genesis 12:1). Aliyah is a Hebrew word meaning “to ascend.” When we read Psalms 120-134, in essence we are participating in the “Songs of Ascent” much like…

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US policy on Iran – repeating or avoiding past errors?

By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger— Learning from mistakes? *Ten days before the toppling of the Shah of Iran, President Carter told a conference of world leaders on the Island of Guadeloupe that a Khomeini-led Iran “would not export revolution… and would be interested in buying tractors, not tanks…. On January 11, six days before the…

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Red Alert: Colleyville Texas: Why Is it Our Problem?

By Amy Zewe— Most of you may have been aware of the news this past weekend wherein a hostile person invaded a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, during Shabbat services on Saturday Jan 15. After an 11-hour standoff, no congregants were physically harmed, the four hostages including the Synagogue’s rabbi were released, and the assailant was…

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How Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker’s training helped fellow hostages survive the Texas synagogue attack

By Holly Yan, CNN— Behind Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker’s warm, disarming smile is a leader who’s willing to attack an armed man holding his congregants hostage. On Saturday, a stranger knocked on the door of Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. The rabbi, assuming the stranger needed shelter from the cold, invited him in and made…

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Prince Charles commissions Holocaust survivor portraits for Buckingham Palace

By Cnaan Lipshiz, JTA— The United Kingdom’s Prince Charles has commissioned portraits of seven Holocaust survivors to be displayed at Buckingham Palace for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Charles, whose title is the Prince of Wales, commissioned the portraits as part of his service as the royal patron of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, a position…

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