On the eve of Shavuot, one of the 3 Biblical pilgrimage festivals, our thoughts naturally go to Jerusalem. Eve Harow interviews Atara Spero-Harow, Director of the City of David Archives and the uber talented photographer Koby Harati on their new project, City of Gold in Black and White.

Atara and Koby took archival pictures of ancient Jerusalem and blended them with modern photos taken at the exact same spots. As with so much associated with the City of David, theirs was a labor of love and excitement, bringing the past and present together for our viewing pleasure.

Looking forward to a healthy, caring world and future pilgrimages to the Holy City. She awaits in golden splendor.

Shavuot Sameach!

On Sunday, May 24th, the first day of Sivan, there will be an unprecedented day of Achdut- worldwide Torah learning together, on line, with classes by some of the top men and women educators, rabbis, philosophers and leaders of the Jewish world. Rav Reuven Taragin, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat HaKotel, Educational Director of World Mizrachi and the force behind this initiative, joins Eve Harow to share his excitement at the ingathering of representatives of so many streams of the Orthodox community to bring ‘Sinai’ to a global audience. Rav Hanoch Teller, one of the greatest motivational speakers of our time and part of the program, also joins the show to share his thoughts on how we need to be decent, modest people in order to be good Jews. A novel way of using the distancing imposed by the COVID -19 pandemic crisis to bring us together.

Yeshivat HaKotel’s Worldwide Achdut Program.

See you Sunday at the 5780 version of Sinai. Meanwhile-Yom Yerushalayim Sameach!

It’s warming up, it’s Lag Ba’Omer and Israelis are gradually coming out of isolation and adjusting to whatever the COVID-19 chaos is deeming a new normal. Temporary, at best. Eve Harow opens up her disparate thoughts on politics, prayers, pizza and plagues and what she’s been up to as she starts to get out and about. Virtual touring, surprise tears and no standing on her head. Relate to her or not, we’re all in flux, for good or for less good. Stay well!

Israel’s Memorial Day is the 4th of Iyar because it’s the day that Kfar Etzion fell, just hours before the State was declared in 1948. In the Fall of 1967 former Angeleno Sandy Zusman moved to the newly resettled kibbutz Kfar Etzion just after the Jordanian occupation was ended in June’s Six Day War. The former kibbutz lands had been liberated along with Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, the Golan and Gaza. Many of those who had survived the fall of Kfar Etzion (and subsequent murder of its defenders after they surrendered) returned to reestablish modern Jewish life for the 4th time in the Hills between Bethlehem and Hebron. She met her husband Avinoam Amichai there and they had 3 children before he fell in battle in Sinai in 1973’s Yom Kippur War at age 28. Sandy raised her children alone on the kibbutz where they all still live, now with many grandchildren, some named for the grandfather they never knew. She speaks with Eve Harow about those years, continuing the dream, and the archives and memorial center to which she has devoted her life.

May the memory of all those who fell in uniform and were killed by terrorists give us strength to continue in their merit. Good will prevail, with the help of God. Am HaNetzach Lo Mefached MiDerech Aruka.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, today’s Yom HaShoah commemoration ceremonies are being held virtually so we must zoom in on the horrific reality of the Nazi era as the numbers of survivors dwindle every day. Debby Spero is a Holocaust researcher, educator and guide at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Remembrance Center. She shares with Eve Harow some of the personal and poignant stories from her years behind the scenes at the museum; the coincidences, the tears, the reunions, the heroism in hell. What’s it like to guide Germans? Are there films and pictures of the destroyed millennia of Jewish life in Europe yet to be found? Today let’s focus on the unfathomable and rededicate ourselves to Never Again.

Businessman and international speaker Aryeh Green completed the Israel Trail 6 years ago; 8 weeks of soul searching and a huge physical and emotional challenge. As he scaled mountain peaks and walked/slid into valleys on his 1000 kilometer solo trek, he worked through the trauma of a devastating divorce and ultimately arrived at a place of acceptance, gratitude, humility and finally forgiveness and purpose. Aryeh’s book, ‘My Israel Trail’, is an intimate peek into a journal describing a man’s personal, healing journey to happiness while exploring his beloved Land of Israel via the soles of his feet.

After sharing some pre-Passover experiences during another week of the crazy COVID-19 pandemic, a healthy but stir crazy Eve Harow tracked down Marc Provisor near the Gaza area. Since our enemies won’t change their crazy obsession with destroying Israel, One Israel Fund won’t stop tracking basic civilian needs to be kept safe from all threats. Marc, in his capacity as Security Director for the organization, along with his son Yochai, delivered Armadillos, newly developed shrapnel proof ‘blankets’ for immediate protection for the communities from rocket fire of all types near the still volatile southwestern corner of the country. Just like the one-track minds of the BDSers, Israel haters will take what they need from us while clinging to their (in our minds) crazy apocalyptic ideas. But the burning question remains: Is someone tracking lipstick sales?

Pesach Kasher Ve’Sameach. Health and Joy to the World.

Serial educator Dr. Daniel Rose and Eve Harow have a thought provoking, lively exchange of ideas on why the upcoming Passover night really will be different than all others, given the social distancing imposed on us due to the COVID-19 pandemic. How can we use the loss of some personal choices to engage in a fresh way with the centuries old traditional Haggadic text? The newly released, beautifully illustrated and Israel-centered Koren Magerman Youth Haggada was developed by Dr. Rose with the intent to keep children as the focus of the Passover Seder as we retell our people’s escape from bondage to eventual national freedom. The evening’s unique interactive rituals and Haggada reading are paradigms for educating children- and adults- of all types, over all times. If we can approach this year’s holiday, even in its potentially upsetting context, as an opportunity to do things outside the (matzo) box then maybe it will still redeem itself. Chag Kasher VeSameach.

Eve Harow speaks with Efrat Mayor Oded Revivi on the tremendous challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has created on the municipal level in their Judean town. Health and welfare, security, employment and even religious issues must be dealt with in addition to ongoing city maintenance in all spheres. Original ideas are sprouting on the grassroots level and disseminating nationally -even globally – as the spirit of a community is tested by a crisis where traditional coping tactics are currently taboo.

To the well being of mankind in all ways.

Eve Harow talks with psychologist Dr. Naomi Baum, expert in resilience building and trauma, on how to cope in these uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic. How can we keep mentally, spiritually and physically healthy and adjust to a ’new normal’? A simple 2 minute (and you’ve got the time…) breathing exercise can make a big difference. Has Israel’s experience weathering other crises given us skills to dust off and put into play, as long as we trust our authority figures? Stay healthy and sane, everyone. Virtual hugs all around.

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