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Israeli rescue forces and police at the scene after a mass fatality scene during the celebration of the Jewish holiday of Lag Ba'Omer at Mount Meron in northern Israel, April 30, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

A year with too much to mourn

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It may have been discouraging, but the dismal turnout for a national rally that was supposed to bring Jews together against anti-Semitism was also an appropriate reminder of the greatest challenge facing them. A...
Demolition crews set off explosives to bring down the remaining portion of a collapsed condo building in Surfside, Florida, July 4, 2021. Source: YouTube

Surfside condo demolished ahead of tropical storm

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Controlled explosives on Sunday brought down the rest of the Surfside, Florida condo that collapsed on June 24, leaving more than 140 people dead or missing. The confirmed death toll rose to 24 on Saturday with 121...
Soldiers with the IDF Home Front command helping find survivors amid in the rubble. Surfside, Fla. Credit: IDF Home Front Command.

An inside look at the Israeli rescue effort in Surfside

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A rescue delegation from the Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command is using visual intelligence techniques and information received from families of the victims to precisely map out the wreckage of a condo that...
Members of the Israel Defense Forces’ Home Front Command assisting in search-and-rescue efforts in Surfside, Florida, June 2021. Credit: IDF.

Israelis fight despair while aiding survivors, rescuers in Florida calamity

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“I saw in the news that you were coming from Israel for us, and I was waiting for you,” says a tearful young woman in Surfside, Florida, to members of the Psychotrauma and Crisis...
Search and rescue workers comb through the rubble of the Champlain Towers South condominium. Source: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue/Twitter.

In the face of disaster, the priority is help and prayer, not politics

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It has become a trope of American culture that the idea of sending “thoughts and prayers” in response to a catastrophic event has become a term of derision. This is mostly related to the...