Tragedy and rededication: the Hurva Synagogue and Itamar

This past week has encompassed stories of triumph and tragedy for the Jewish people.

Destruction and rededication of the Hurva Synagogue

Last Tuesday, for the first time in more than 60 years, a couple wed inside the Hurva Synagogue.  Located in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, the Hurva Synagogue was first built in 1701.  The impoverished community could not cover all of the costs and turned to local Muslim creditors for loans.  The Jews struggled to repay their debts as well as taxes imposed on their community.  The Muslim creditors lost patience with the Jewish community’s inability to pay More >


The northern Israel fire, how you can help

It is a somber day in Israel, as the country woke to hear that the blaze in the north continues.

Damage done

On a morning news broadcast, the anchor solemnly read the names, ages, hometowns, and details of the funerals of the victims of the fire who will be laid to rest today.  The damage done is staggering as reported by The Jerusalem Post:

The Carmel blaze has scorched over 12,000 acres (50,000 dunams), killed 41 people and injured scores….

The body of Elad Riven, 16, of Haifa, who was a volunteer in the Fire Service and had rushed to assist at the scene of the More >