On the other hand

October 17, 2021 by Michael Kuttner
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Israel is a country of striking contrasts in climate and geography, in its ethnicities and faiths.

Anyone who has never visited and relies entirely on the media for their knowledge of what occurs in this diverse country will never discover the amazing realities here.

As Israel slowly opens up to visitors again it is an opportune time to think about coming and experiencing the vibrancy of life in this centre of Jewish life.



Who would have ever thought that Israel could be host to scientists who want to experience what it might be like to live on Mars?

If you have ever been to the Ramon Crater in the Negev you will have marvelled at how this natural geographical phenomenon eerily resembles a landscape from another planet.

Scientists are now using this part of the country to prepare for an eventual expedition to the red planet.

If in 1948 as Israel was fighting for its very existence while invading Arab armies tried to annihilate the new reborn State, anyone would have predicted this scientific event, they would have been accused of spreading science fiction.

Yet here we are in 2021 and deep in the Negev simulations of life on Mars are taking place.

From out of Zion shall go forth not only the Law but also scientific discoveries and innovation.




To celebrate Yom HaAliyah (Aliyah Day) new immigrants from dozens of countries gathered in the courtyard of the Jewish Agency in Jerusalem and enjoyed a dance party.


This week’s Torah Portion is Lech Lecha which recounts the promise made by God to Avraham that his descendants would be sovereign in the Promised Land. Our Patriarch and Matriarch (Abraham and Sarah) were told to “get up and go” to this land and therefore there is no better time to celebrate Aliyah.


Take a close look at this video and see how Jews from all corners of the globe continue to fulfil one of the most basic Mitzvot (Commandments) of the Torah.



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