Jonathan Bernis discusses the city of Jerusalem and why it is important. read more
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In an effort to help Internet users discover Israel's holy places and modern sites, the Consulate General of Israel in New York has released a Facebook application of the Holy Land.
Holy Land Trivia: From Creation to Creativity, offers a pictorial encounter with many significant places in Israel, and gives users the opportunity to share newly-gained knowledge with Facebook friends.
The application, designed to appeal to users of all backgrounds and especially to Christians, contains three multiple-choice quizzes about different locations of interest throughout Israel. The questions cover knowledge on holy sites in Israel, modern Israel, and a combination of the two. read more
I love Jerusalem! I love it because it’s a beautiful city and because it is where Messiah taught, laid down His life for the sins of mankind, and was resurrected, triumphing over death. It is the city of the great kings David and Solomon, and the place where the prophets and other great Bible heroes came to worship God in the temple.
From a human perspective, Jerusalem would not rank as one of the world’s most important cities. Even when biblical history was being written in Jerusalem’s streets, the city was not as significant as Alexandria, Rome or Athens.
Still, 3,000 years after King David’s reign, most of the world’s population believes that Jerusalem is the most important city on earth. There is only one possible reason: It is important to God and to His plans for the last days. read more
Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told reporters this week the Obama administration is "on a collision course with Israel," and said the president's Middle East policies are "very dangerous," The Jerusalem Post reported. Gingrich made the comments during the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference.
During my trip to Israel in late March, I ran into a group of Jewish kids on a field trip in Jerusalem's tourist area. They were giggling and chatting like a brood of cackling hens, when two of them jumped in front of my camera and asked me to take a picture of them. I did and they skipped off.
With backpacks in tow and ponytail dangling, those kids looked like the kids in my neighborhood; they looked normal to me. But their chaperone did not.
The 21-year-old wore a pair of blue jeans with a dark-colored jacket; a bracelet and something else--a high-powered assault rifle strapped to her shoulder. The weapon was longer than the arms that carried it. read more
British Midland Airways Limited (BMI) reportedly omitted Israel from in-flight charts on flights bound for the Holy Land, according toTimes Online.
"Passengers were shocked to discover that Israel had been wiped off the map by Britain's BMI airline, which omitted the Jewish state from its digital charts on flights from London to Tel Aviv. Neither Jerusalem nor Tel Aviv itself, which is Israel's largest city, were shown on the airline's in-flight map." To read more, click here. read more
Vowing that it will "never forget," a California church is today unveiling an interactive exhibit honoring the 6 million Jews who died during the Holocaust.
Built by Cornerstone Church in Fresno, the Holocaust Experience will guide visitors through scenes of 12 major events that took place between 1933 and 1945. The scenes span from the rise of Adolf Hitler to Kristallnacht, or "the Night of Broken Glass," when nearly 1,000 synagogues were set on fire across Germany, to Hitler's decision to execute genocide as "the final solution to the Jewish question."
The exhibit, which will be on display until Sunday, is housed in the church's 10,000-square-foot educational facility and cost nearly $10,000 to build. read more
My trip to Israel took me to many interesting and fascinating places. On the second day of my travels, I toured Caesarea, an ancient port built by King Herod. There I saw ruins of an ancient vomitoruim (my tour guide, Tison Ben David, explains the meaning of the name in the clip) and a reconstructed Roman theater. When biblical history meets archeology, the Bible truly comes to life. read more
Israelis shifted gears on Tuesday evening from mourning its fallen soldiers to celebrating the nation's 61st Independence Day.
Opening the official ceremony at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said, "We have come once again to this hill—on one side the grave of the prophet [of Zionism], on the other the graves of our children—to remind ourselves once again from where we came, and where, with the grace of God, with the blood of our children and with the sweat of our brow, we have succeeded in reaching so far.
Rivlin said that moving directly from Remembrance Day to Independence Day is the "purest preparation" for the subsequent joy. Earlier in the week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a memorial gathering to honor slain Israeli soldiers and that the global threat of terror was greater than ever. "We have no choice but to fight terror until it is obliterated and to defend our lives," he said. read more
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