Thanks to Amir Aloni, we have a breathtaking view of the Dead Sea area in our exquisite homeland, after the rains and snows this winter have brought the Dead-Sea area alive. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do...
The moment I step foot in the Negev Desert, my soul feels especially vibrant. The vastness, the amazing silence and the majestic scenery enable you to feel the Divine Presence tangibly. But don't take my word for it, come to Israel and see for yourself.
The Negev desert is an amazing place for personal prayer. You can walk in the wadis or almost anywhere in the wilderness and feel that you're walking in the footsteps of Avraham Avinu, who roamed the Negev from north to south and from east to west. Here's a short clip that shares the feeling:
Avraham and Racheli have four children. He lives in the New York City area, learns in Kollel and manages with a part-time job and his wife's babysitting. He sees that America is a terrible influence on his children, even though they live in a religious neighborhood, but he's afraid that if he comes to Israel, he won't have an income and therefore won't be able to learn. He asks me whether he should make aliya or not. Here's my 6-minute answer, which hopefully dispels a lot of the myths that are going around:
Today is Memorial Day for Israel's fallen martyrs. There are hundreds of heroes' names missing from the memorial lists; these are the names of our fallen secret service warriors, who wage battles with our enemies deep behind enemy lines. Most people, even their loved ones, don't know who they were and what they did. They foiled hijackings, destroyed and undermined our enemies' sinister plans, and were part of Hashem's long arm of revenge. Words cannot describe the danger they exposed themselves to. I wrote this in their honor; it was difficult typing with so many tears in my eyes:
After almost a year of total drought, the 50 km-long Lachish River, which runs from the Judean Hills all the way to Ashdod and the Mediterranean, was completely dried up. Right before Purim, after almost a million people gathered in Jerusalem and prayed for rain, three days of blessed rainfall graced the Land of Israel from north to south. Here's what the river looked like after the rains: