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Traditional Jewish Jewelry: What Makes It So Special?
Traditional Jewish Jewelry: What Makes It So Special?
Jewish jewelry is a unique art form that holds special meaning and significance for the Jewish community. When worn, it symbolizes faith, heritage, and tradition. Traditional Jewish jewelry from Israel has one-of-a-kind beauty and craftsmanship. Each piece embraces Jewish stories, values, and beliefs. Sign up for our Israeli subscription box, Surprise Monthly Package, to receive traditional jewelry each month. Here are a few things that make traditional Jewish jewelry so special: Symbolism Jewish jewelry incorporates a range of symbols and motifs that are deeply rooted in Jewish culture and history. These symbols convey a message, tell a story, or represent...
Our Favorite Handmade Israeli Products
Our Favorite Handmade Israeli Products
A gift box from Israel can be filled with several different items or subscribers to enjoy. At Lev Haolam, we curate each box with handmade products straight from Israel. Here are some of our favorite Israeli products that you can find within our gift boxes: Ceramics One of the handmade products you can find in our gift box from Israel is ceramics. Handmade ceramics can range from home decor to functional plates and mugs. Their ceramic work is inspired by Israeli culture, and the beauty is seen in each piece.  Ceramics by Batya is one of the ceramics makers we assist...
9 Benefits of Israeli Pomegranate Seed Oil
9 Benefits of Israeli Pomegranate Seed Oil
Israeli pomegranate seed oil is one of the many items that can be found in our Israeli subscription box. At Lev Haolam, we find quality products to bring from the homes of local Jewish business owners to yours. Here are nine benefits you may see from using Israeli pomegranate seed oil:  1. Anti-Inflammatory Pomegranate seed oil is traditionally believed to produce anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation can be found in blood vessels, organs, joints, and other parts of the body. Inflammation may cause headaches, arthritis, edema, and other pain disorders. Pomegranate seed oil may assist in reducing the amount of inflammation caused...
Jewelry, Cosmetics, and Other Unique Israeli Products
Jewelry, Cosmetics, and Other Unique Israeli Products
The country of Israel produces many unique items that are available to the U.S. and other regions. Israel is known for pure extra virgin olive oil, authentic Judaica products, essential oils, jewelry, cosmetics, and food ingredients. At Lev Haolam, we give you the chance to receive a surprise Israeli subscription box containing various handpicked gifts. For a small monthly subscription, you can support pioneer Israeli businesses and artisans in exchange for high-quality Jewish products. Israeli Jewelry Lev Haolam provides access to beautiful and inspirational jewelry from pioneer businesses in the Israeli heartland. Our monthly surprise box can feature unique jewelry...
Our Most Unique Handmade Israeli Products
Our Most Unique Handmade Israeli Products
Organizations like Lev Haolam stand together with small Jewish businesses, artisans, and families to provide high-quality, authentic Jewish gifts for individuals hoping to practice or pay tribute to the rich Israeli culture. Our gift box from Israel is a great way to learn about and grow your collection of unique handmade Jewish products. 5 Unique Handmade Products in Our Gift Box from Israel When you subscribe to the monthly gift box from Lev Haolam, you’ll receive a package containing unique Jewish or Israeli products. You can find food products, cosmetics, houseware, wine, jewelry, art, Judaica, and more. We meet with...
Your Guide to Jewish Gifts
Your Guide to Jewish Gifts
Shopping for someone special in your life can be a challenging task. You will want to find something meaningful and unique that they will cherish for years. If you’re looking for a unique gift for a Jewish person, a gift box from Israel is perfect. At Lev Haolam, we offer a wide selection of gift boxes filled with various items, making it easy to find something special that your loved one can enjoy. Our selection includes products from Judaica and Jewish-themed items to Israeli food, wines, and snacks. With our help, you can pick the perfect gift for any Jewish...
What Is Included in Our Monthly Packages?
What Is Included in Our Monthly Packages?
If you’re looking for authentic Israeli products, Lev Haolam is here to help. Our organization supports Jewish business owners across Judea and Samaria by offering an outlet for authentic products. Many artisans need new outlets for their products amidst the BDS movement. Our Israeli subscription box offers high-quality products from leading Jewish artisans, businesses, and families. For a monthly subscription, you can receive exciting surprise gifts from Israel. 8 Products From Our Monthly Packages Lev Haolam sources and handpicks the best quality products from different businesses, companies, and artisans. The goods are ordered in bulk and sorted into unique packages...
Supporting Israel’s Local Artisans & Businesses
Supporting Israel’s Local Artisans & Businesses
Israeli’s local artisans and businesses have a lot to offer but have been impacted by the BDS movement. Lev Haolam and many other pro-Israel organizations have stepped in to provide outlets for small Jewish businesses and families. We allow members to subscribe to a monthly gift box from Israel. For a small subscription fee, you can receive authentic Israeli products packed into beautiful gift boxes. The goods come from legitimate Jewish businesses and the proceeds support those businesses. How We Support Local Artisans & Businesses Lev Haolam is an organization dedicated to supporting Israeli pioneers. We purchase different products from...
7 Great Hanukkah Gift Ideas
7 Great Hanukkah Gift Ideas
Hanukkah is a special time of dedication and devotion for the Jewish people. This is especially true for those currently living in the Holy Land. Known around the world as “The Festival of Lights,” Hanukkah is also a time for gift-giving. Lev Haolam specializes in unique products from the land of Israel, and no one makes gift-giving easier. If you worry about giving the right gifts this holiday season, check out our Israeli subscription box. Celebrate your home, your family, and your heritage with these seven great Hanukkah gift ideas. Give the Gift of Light: A Keepsake Menorah The reason...
Your Guide to Jewish Gifts
Your Guide to Jewish Gifts
Shopping for someone special in your life can be a challenging task. You will want to find something meaningful and unique that they will cherish for years. If you’re looking for a unique gift for a Jewish person, a gift box from Israel is perfect. At Lev Haolam, we offer a wide selection of gift boxes filled with various items, making it easy to find something special that your loved one can enjoy. Our selection includes products from Judaica and Jewish-themed items to Israeli food, wines, and snacks. With our help, you can pick the perfect gift for any Jewish...
Our Most Unique Handmade Israeli Products
Our Most Unique Handmade Israeli Products
Organizations like Lev Haolam stand together with small Jewish businesses, artisans, and families to provide high-quality, authentic Jewish gifts for individuals hoping to practice or pay tribute to the rich Israeli culture. Our gift box from Israel is a great way to learn about and grow your collection of unique handmade Jewish products. 5 Unique Handmade Products in Our Gift Box from Israel When you subscribe to the monthly gift box from Lev Haolam, you’ll receive a package containing unique Jewish or Israeli products. You can find food products, cosmetics, houseware, wine, jewelry, art, Judaica, and more. We meet with...
The essence of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement
The essence of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement
The essence of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, is divine forgiveness. At the heart of this biblical holy day is the amazing fact that the God of Israel loves His people and gives them a way to atone for their sins. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks once described Yom Kippur as “the supreme day of forgiveness.”
Lev Haolam Monthly Surprise Box Subscription
Lev Haolam Monthly Surprise Box Subscription
I received my first Lev Haolam surprise box, directly from Israel, and what a fun experience I had opening the package. Lev HaOlam is an organization based in Israel that supports small and family-owned businesses in Judea and Samaria. Their goal is to help these small businesses thrive, in spite of the Boycott, Sanction, and Divestment movement (BDS). Each month they mail out a surprise package that contains 7 – 9 items made by producers in Judea and Samaria. The packages contain items like organic honey, olive oil, Israeli wine, unique hand made art, jewelry, natural cosmetics, bath and body...
Challah Bread   Ingredients: 2.2 lbs (1 kg) 80/20 Hebron whole wheat flour (80% whole wheat, 20% regular flour) 2 tablespoons dry yeast 2 teaspoons baking powder ¼ cup of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon Dead Sea salt 4 tablespoons honey ½ cup Hebron olive oil 2 large eggs + 1 egg for glazing 3 cups of water, as needed Preparation: 1) Pour all ingredients into a stand mixer bowl fitted with a dough hook and add enough until the dough comes together and becomes uniform. 2) Cover the dough with a towel and let it rise...
If you’re a fan of decadent desserts that combine rich flavors with a touch of sweetness, then honey pecan pie is an absolute must-try. This delightful dessert brings together the classic pecan pie flavors we know and love with the addition of luscious honey, creating a mouthwatering treat that will leave you craving for more. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the recipe for honey pecan pie and explore why it has become a favorite among dessert enthusiasts. To create a heavenly honey pecan pie, you’ll need some key ingredients. Gather 4 large eggs, 1 cup of chopped caramel...
Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon Ingredients: 1/3 c. honey 1/4 c. soy sauce 2 tbsp. lemon juice 1 tsp. red pepper flakes 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided 4 6-oz. salmon fillets, patted dry with a paper towel Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 lemon, sliced into rounds Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish Preparation: 1. In a medium bowl, whisk together honey, soy sauce, lemon juice and red pepper flakes. 2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat two tablespoons oil. When oil is hot but not smoking, add salmon skin-side up and season with...
Barley Soup with Dried Mushrooms Ingredients: 1 bag of mixed dried mushrooms for soup 25 gr butter or 1/4 cup olive oil 1 onion or 3 shallots, chopped 1 teaspoon ground turmeric or 2 cm fresh turmeric root, grated 1 cup pearl barley 2 carrots cut into 1 cm cubes 4 celery stalks, thinly sliced 2 potatoes cut into 1 cm cubes 2 cloves of garlic, chopped 1 tablespoon flour 8 cups of water Salt and pepper 1 bunch of chopped dill or cilantro 1/2 cup of white wine (optional) Preparation: 1. In a medium size saucepan heat the olive...
Pasta with asparagus and dry tomatoes Ingredients for 4-5 servings: 500 g pasta 1 package (300 g) of asparagus One pack (250g) Ricotta cheese 5 tablespoons of sun-dried tomatoes in oil or ready-to-eat dried tomatoes cut into strips 4 cloves of garlic, sliced 25 g of butter 2 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper For serving: Parmesan cheese Preparation: 1. Cook the pasta till it is Al dente, drain and keep 1/3 cup of the cooking liquid. Cut 4cm off the bottom of the asparagus (discard) and slice the rest into quarters. 2. Heat butter and olive oil in a...
Purim Cookies Oznei Haman Ingredients: FOR SHORTBREAD COOKIE DOUGH: Unsalted butter – 170 grams ( 1 1/2 stick) White sugar – 225 grams (1 cup) All-purpose flour – 440 grams Baking powder – 1 tsp Salt – 1/4 tsp 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk Vanilla (or orange extract) – 2 tsp Orange juice – 4 tsp CHOCOLATE FILLING: Chocolate – 200 grams (7 oz) Whipping cream – 2 tbsp Butter – 1 tbsp Preparation: 1. Sift and combine together flour, baking powder, salt. Cream butter, sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla or orange extract. Next, add egg...
Dried Fruit Cookies Ingredients: (Makes about 25 cookies) 1 stick (110g) butter, room temperature 1/2 cup (100g) sugar 2 eggs 1 1/2 tsp (6g) baking powder Finely grated zest of 1 lemon 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract 1 cup mix of dried fruits (cranberries, plums, apricots and raisins) 1 1/4 cup (160g) all-purpose flour 1/2 cup (50g) nuts, optional Preparation: 1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In a medium bowl beat butter and sugar until creamy, then add eggs, lemon zest and vanilla extract. Stir well. 3. Add baking powder and flour and...
Shavuot is celebrated with all kinds of dairy foods, but none as good as cheesecake! Below are a few easy, no-bake cheesecake combinations to make sure you have an incredibly sweet Shavuot. Mix and match crusts and toppings for a delicious holiday treat. Crusts Classic Grahm Cracker Crust 1.5 cups of crushed graham crackers 4 Tbsp. melted butter Oreo Crust 1.5 cups of Crushed Oreo Cookies 4 Tbsp melted butter Pretzel Crust 1.5 crushed pretzels 1/4 cup granulated sugar 5 Tbsp melted butter Preparation: 1. Mix the crust ingredients in a bowl. 2. Pour into a 9″ pan and press...
Since its founding, Tekoa Farms has endeavored to broaden its range of unique food items for the Israeli table, to achieve the highest standards and respond to growing demand from our customers for natural and healthy food… Today, thanks to wide variety, easy availability and low prices, “our treasures” can be found in almost every kitchen in Israel.” Mushroom Risotto By Tekoa FarmsOriginally featured on tekoafarms.co.il Ingredients: 1 bag of Tekoa Farms Mushroom Risotto 1/3 cup canola oil or other good quality vegetable oil 1 onion or 3 shallots – chopped. 1 tsp salt A pinch of pepper 900 ml (3.75...
Sun-dried Tomato Spread By Tekoa FarmsIngredients: 1 bag of Tekoa Farms dried tomatoes 2 cloves of garlic 2 stems of fresh basil 2 tablespoons of olive oil Salt and ground black pepper Preparation: 1. Soak the tomatoes in a bowl of boiling water for half an hour, drain and then blend in a blender with the garlic and basil. 2. While blending, add the olive oil gradually until the mixture becomes thick and smooth in texture. 3. Add pepper and salt to taste and serve. “Since its founding, Tekoa Farms has endeavored to broaden its range of unique food items...
Tekoa Farms Tekoa Farms was founded by Mira Weigensberg and Oren Kessler in 1986. They specialize in cultivation of high quality fruits and vegetables. Tekoa Farms is located not far from the ancient palace of King Herod on Mount Herodion, and has an unforgettable view. The hills of the desert lay on one side while lush greenery can be seen on the other. Chicken with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Ginger & Honey By Tekoa Farms Ingredients: 4 chicken pieces 1/3 cup canola oil 2 shallot onions, chopped 1 bag of Tekoa Farms dried tomatoes 3 cloves garlic, chopped fresh ginger, finely grated...
Yoram Cohen Yoram grew up in Netivot as one of 17 siblings. After getting expelled in the 8th grade, he lost his faith in people and started to wander from community to community in Judea and Samaria as they were being built. He always wanted to reconnect and after serving in the Israeli Army, he went to Yeshiva (Talmudic college). There, he was introduced to his wife Ayelet. Together, thy live in Ofra with their eight children. In addition to pursuing a high-level religious education, Yoram opened up the Tanya Winery and became a photographer. Ofra On the border between...
Adina Harris Adina, though born in America, spent most of her early childhood in Israel. After she relocated with her family to Arizona in 2001, she decided to return home to Israel as an adult. She met her husband here and, together, they settled in Kochav Yaakov. Adina loves to cook and has been enjoying posting pictures of her food on her instagram (@adina.harris.foods). She blends her French/Algerian background with the American and Israeli foods she grew up loving.Kochav Yaakov Kochav Yaakov is a religious community in the region of Benyamin, in between Jerusalem and Bet El, about 20 minutes...
Orit Rappaport Orit and her husband, Ira, came to Judea and Samaria in 1975. Initially, they moved to Ofrah, but for the last thirty years they have resided in Shiloh.Shiloh A religious community in the Ephraim mountains of southern Samaria, belonging to the Binyamin regional council, and established 5738 (1978). Tel Shiloh and its visitors’ center, where the remains of ancient Shiloh have been the modern town of two hundred and thirty families. “I have very clear memories of those days [starting new communities of Mehulah and Mevoh Horon]. I found it hard to believe that we would succeed. It...
Tekoa Farms Tekoa Farms was founded by Mira Weigensberg and Oren Kessler in 1986. They specialize in cultivation of high quality fruits and vegetables. Tekoa Farms is located not far from the ancient palace of King Herod on Mount Herodion, and has an unforgettable view. The hills of the desert lay on one side while lush greenery can be seen on the other.“Since its founding, Tekoa Farms has endeavored to broaden its range of unique food items for the Israeli table, to achieve the highest standards and respond to growing demand from our customers for natural and healthy food… Today,...
Iyar Segal Iyar moved to Judea with her husband, Ran, in 2004 and lives is Givat Arnon (Hill 777) next to the town of Itamar. She served in the Israeli army as a welfare NCO in the Golani Brigade, the Artillery and Northern Command. She holds a masters’ degree in Middle Eastern Studies, but after working for the Ministry of Defense, she decided to go back to her passion of helping people. Iyar re-enlisted in the army, joining the mental health branch of the Medical Corps, after qualifying as a social worker. She has since worked in several positions in...
Keren-Or Even-Danan Keren-Or and her husband, Raphael, moved to Judea and Samaria in 1995. In 2000 they founded Havat Massuot Yitzchak where they live to this day.Havat Massuot – New & Old The farm is situated next to the community of Bat Ayin, between Hevron and Jerusalem. Massuot Yitzhak was the name of a kibbutz in Gush Etzion that fell in the War of Independence, and in 2000 the Even-Danan family established the Massuot Farm- “Havat Massuot”- that attracts groups coming to study the history of Gush Etzion. “I have chosen recipes from my mother’s home and from my mother-in-law’s home– an...
Deadly Terror Plot Uncovered in Samaria (cleared for publication by Israeli security)
Deadly Terror Plot Uncovered in Samaria (cleared for publication by Israeli security)
Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria are left reeling with shock as Israel declassifies the results of its recent investigation into a Palestinian terror network. Not only were Palestinian terror cells masterminding murderous plots, but their funding and chain of command came directly from Iran and Hezbollah. It doesn’t bear thinking what would have happened if Israeli security services had not thwarted their deadly plans. The joint investigation carried out by the IDF and ISA (Israeli Security Agency) began when Israel discovered that a Palestinian terrorist called Yazen Abu Salah was plotting an attack. The Israeli team learnt that Abu...
On the front lines against BDS in Spain
On the front lines against BDS in Spain
Spain has long been a hotbed for anti-Israel pro-BDS activity. Back in December, the nation’s powerful BDS supporters swarmed a delegation from the West Bank in a Madrid hotel, physically attacking leaders of the Arab and Jewish communities. Protestors hurled insults at the group, which included the Palestinian Authority’s chief Islamic judge. This underscores the hypocrisy of BDS and proves what Israel supporters have known for years: BDS isn’t about loving Arabs or supporting Palestine, it’s just about hating Jews. Ironically, the group was in Spain to appeal an EU decision to label West Bank products. Mandatory labeling of products...
Herbs of Kedem: Growing Biblical Flowers, Creating Unique Healing Products
Herbs of Kedem: Growing Biblical Flowers, Creating Unique Healing Products
“On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abraham and said, “To your descendants I give this land…” Genesis 15:18 Thousands of years later Dr. Amir Kitron, a descendant of Abraham has returned to Judea where he has established his life, and a unique business, Herbs of Kedem. The Herbs of Kedem factory is nestled high in the Hebron Hills on the Jewish settlement of Carmel, first mentioned in the bible and re-established in 1980. Carmel is now home to Jewish pioneers who are dedicated to living and raising their families in this holy place. Herbs of Kedem products...
BDS street drama in Vienna: Harmless play or deadly reality?
BDS street drama in Vienna: Harmless play or deadly reality?
Imagine walking down the street in your own country and suddenly coming across two Israeli soldiers pointing rifles at a terrified Palestinian man who is begging for mercy. It would probably take a split second to realize the scene wasn’t real, but instead a street drama acted out by pro-Palestinian campaigners. However, the damage done in a split second can last a lifetime. The image of these evil, murderous Israeli soldiers is now embedded in your mind. The feelings of terror, horror, disgust. This street drama took place last month in the Austrian capital of Vienna. Right in the middle...
Intriguing ancient Jewish structure unearthed near Western Wall
Intriguing ancient Jewish structure unearthed near Western Wall
When Israeli archaeologists uncovered a series of ancient chambers that had been hidden underground for thousands of years just meters away from the Second Temple, everyone was overcome with mystery and intrigue. The Israel Antiques Authority and the Western Wall Heritage Foundation presented the extraordinary discovery last month, just ahead of Jerusalem Day. Barely thirty meters from the ancient Jewish Temple, archaeologists found two rooms connected by a staircase and an open courtyard. This complex was used by Jewish people in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago at the time of the Second Temple. Artefacts found at the site – oil lamps,...
America passes new law to protect Israel from BDS
America passes new law to protect Israel from BDS
The US has once again chosen to stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel in the battle against anti-Semitic lies and discrimination. Last month, Missouri became the 28th state to pass an anti-BDS bill. Lawmakers approved the “Anti-Discrimination Against Israel Act,” banning the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. This is fantastic news for Israeli businesses, including all the producers and artisans in the Lev Haolam family. After contending with the devastating effects of BDS for so long, we’re finally starting to see some relief. BDS stands for “Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions.” It is a deeply anti-Semitic movement that seeks...
Boaz Ido: A man who planted his olive grove on the Word of G-d
Boaz Ido: A man who planted his olive grove on the Word of G-d
It takes a great man of faith to trust in G-d and obey His Word even when others tell him not to. Boaz Ido, one of the producers in our Lev Haolam family, is just such a man. When Boaz faced the problem of how to grow a flourishing olive grove while all he had were a few weak and withered trees, he knew he had to put the Torah first in his business, and G-d would bring the increase. To understand the situation that Boaz found himself in, we need to look back to 1979 when 10 Jewish families...
7 lesser-known facts about Shavuot
7 lesser-known facts about Shavuot
Shavuot is one of the richest and most joyous of the biblical feasts. Yet many people don’t understand the full significance of this holiday and miss out on the awesome treasures it contains. Here are just some of the fascinating facts you may not know about Shavuot: 1. The main biblical character associated with Shavuot wasn’t born a Jew During Shavuot, it’s traditional to read the Book of Ruth – a biblical love story centred around the Shavuot harvest. Ruth, the beautiful Moabitess, aligns herself with the God of Israel and accompanies her Jewish mother-in-law back to the Promised Land....
The hypocrisy of BDS exposed: Happy to work with Israel when it suits them
The hypocrisy of BDS exposed: Happy to work with Israel when it suits them
For years, we’ve had to suffer the BDS propaganda machine spouting lies about the evils of Israel and the Zionist regime. They have preached about the boycott of Israeli products, artists and academics no matter what the cost. Even when thousands of Palestinians have lost their jobs as Israeli companies have been forced out of Judea and Samaria, BDS claims that it’s a small price to pay for a greater good: the downfall of the tyrannical Jewish State. Funnily enough, the ordinary Palestinian people are very population that BDS claims to support, but they’re actually suffering more than nearly anyone...
Standing with our pioneers in the face of COVID-19
Standing with our pioneers in the face of COVID-19
Many of you have been in touch to ask how the producers and small businesses that Lev Haolam supports are coping during this pandemic. Thank you so much for your concern and all the words of encouragement. The truth is that these are devastating times for the whole world, and Israel is no exception. Israel is now in its third week of national lockdown. The only stores permitted to open are supermarkets and pharmacies. Many businesses across the country have already collapsed and the unemployment rate is soaring. The artisans and producers that Lev Haolam supports are no longer able...
Israel Delivers a Dynamic Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic
Israel Delivers a Dynamic Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic
The Novel Coronavirus Moves Across the World with Lightning Speed The Novel Coronavirus emerged slowly and lent a feeling of unease that has snowballed over the past month. We have all watched in horror as stock markets have plummeted, country after country has fallen into the grip of this highly contagious virus, overtaxing medical infrastructure and most painfully causing the loss of life. Governments the world over are responding with stricter, more draconian measures, and people find themselves feeling afraid, lonely, and helpless. The Israeli people have responded to this global health crisis in a uniquely Jewish way. Jewish tradition...
Why Jews Wear Masks on Purim?
Why Jews Wear Masks on Purim?
On the one hand, Purim, that commemorates a narrow escape of Persian Jews from the death sentence 2,500 years ago, fits perfectly into the regular scheme of a Jewish holiday: ‘They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat.’ On the other hand, there is some sharp contrast between Purim and other Jewish holidays, like Pessach or Chanukkah. The latter are about Jews escaping death, too, but there were miracles happening there: The division of the Red Sea, or the light of the Menorah that lasted eight days instead of one. In the story of Purim we do not see...
Michal Tawil Michal came to Judea and Samaria with her husband Raphael in 1993. They lived in Efrat for eight years and for the last nine years they have been residents in Alon Shvut.Alon Shvut A town belonging to the Gush Etzion regional council. It was established on the 20th of Sivan, 5738 (1978), adjacent to “Lone Oak,” a historic oak tree, which became a symbol of the Gush after its fall in the War of Independence. Today, Alon Shvut numbers well over 700 families and is one of the largest communities in Gush Etzion. Carrot Muffins Recipe By Michal...
Why Giving is Taking
Why Giving is Taking
This week’s portion of the Torah deals with God’s detailed instructions to Mozes on how to build the Tabernacle – a portable sanctuary where the Almighty could dwell while the Israelites were travelling in the desert after they left Egypt. The chapter opens with His commandment to all of the Israelites to contribute materials needed for the building of the Tabernacle. The phrasing of the commandment, however, is weird: It is said “take for Me a contribution”, not “give Me a contribution”. Why “take” instead of “give”? It is known that wording in the Torah is never arbitrary; every letter,...
Lev Haolam packages deliberately damaged during shipping: an update
Lev Haolam packages deliberately damaged during shipping: an update
We recently shared the story of Lev Haolam packages being tampered with during their transit to customers in the US. It was clear from the photos and reports we received from around 100 different subscribers that the damage was significant and must have been due to either extreme negligence or deliberate sabotage, possibly motivated by BDS. We now want to give you an update on the situation. It’s important to reiterate just how disappointed we were that this situation arose in the first place. We have always been extremely vigilant to ensure the safe arrival of all our packages, and...
Worldwide Lev Haloam community brings hope to Holocaust survivors
Worldwide Lev Haloam community brings hope to Holocaust survivors
One of the most rewarding aspects of our work at Lev Haolam is the sense of partnership with so many amazing friends and supporters across the world. We know that we are on a joint mission to bring a message of hope and truth, and to stand with Israel against the lies of BDS. We simply couldn’t do what we do without you. An amazing and deeply moving set of events that happened in recent weeks reminded us again of this special worldwide partnership. Manuela Neuhaus — a faithful, long-term supporter of Lev Haolam in Belgium who has been receiving...
6 awesome (and rather intriguing) Israeli customs
6 awesome (and rather intriguing) Israeli customs
Every culture has its own little quirks and idiosyncrasies. What’s amazing about Israel is how a country that’s less than 75 years old and includes immigrants from all over the world has such a strong and unified cultural identity. Here are 6 fascinating facts about Israeli culture: 1) The Israeli population is one of the most educated in the world According to a recent report, Israel is the third most educated country in the world. More than half of Israeli adults between the ages of 25 and 64 have completed a higher-education degree. This is more than nearly any other...
Nahal Prat: A Judean desert spring with a fascinating history
Nahal Prat: A Judean desert spring with a fascinating history
Nahal Prat is made up of 3 natural water springs that run all year round. Its course cuts through the rocky Judean mountains, and its shores are home to a rich variety of plant and animal life. The stream runs for a total of 28 km and has several rock pools where visitors can take a cool dip in the desert heat. It’s only been in recent decades, since the site came under Israeli governance, that Israeli excavations have uncovered the canyon’s incredible history and made it accessible to the public. Nahal Prat is mentioned several times in the Bible....
French National Assembly rules that anti-Zionism equals anti-Semitism
French National Assembly rules that anti-Zionism equals anti-Semitism
On Tuesday December 3, the French National Assembly approved a resolution stating that anti-Zionism was a form of anti-Semitism. The legislation called on the French government to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism. The IHRA definition sets out examples of modern-day anti-Semitism, which include “claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor” and “applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.” The IHRA also states that using classic anti-Semitic symbols and ideas—such as the blood libel—to describe Israel or Israelis equates...
6 fascinating facts you never knew about the Western Wall
6 fascinating facts you never knew about the Western Wall
Located in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem, the Western Wall is the holiest site in Judaism. It is the only remaining wall from the ancient Jewish Temple, where G-d’s Presence is still believed to dwell. For many centuries, Jewish pilgrims have travelled up to Jerusalem to pray at this sacred site and anyone who visits the Western Wall plaza can’t help but experience a sense of awe. Here are some fascinating, lesser-known facts about the Western Wall: 1. The Western Wall that we see today was built in 20 BCE by King Herod when he expanded the...
Palestine: A country created with an agenda
Palestine: A country created with an agenda
The myth of Palestine gets told so often that many people believe it’s true. This is the story: For thousands of years, the Palestinian people dwelt peacefully in their nation of Palestine tending to their olive groves and living well. Then the Zionist Jews came, stole their land, abused them and turned them into a nation of refugees. If only the refugees could return to their ancestral homes, there would be peace. Of course, this is a simplified version of the story. But it’s amazing how many people believe it’s true and have no idea what the facts really are....
US State Department slams EU’s latest anti-Israel legislation
US State Department slams EU’s latest anti-Israel legislation
On November 12, the European Union’s Court of Justice passed a ruling that all food products made in Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights must now be labelled as ‘Israeli settlement’ goods. Products made in these historic Jewish areas will no longer be able to claim they are ‘made in Israel.’ All 28 EU member states are legally bound to enforce this law in their own territories. The effects of this law are expected to be devastating. Hardest hit will be the Jewish farmers and producers in the Golan, Judea and Samaria who are already living with daily threats and...
Judea and Samaria: under siege but standing strong – and you can help!
Judea and Samaria: under siege but standing strong – and you can help!
For many people, the words ‘Judea and Samaria,’ evoke images of right-wing Jewish extremists stealing land that doesn’t belong to them. This picture is false on so many levels, but it goes to show just how successful the anti-Semitic propaganda put out by Israel haters and BDS activists around the world has been. The truth is that the Jewish claim to Judea and Samaria dates back to the days of the Patriarchs. Abraham bought a piece of land in Hebron. This was where he buried his wife Sarah, and later where he and the other patriarchs and their wives were...
Lev HaOlam Friends and Family United at the Feast Of Tabernacles in Jerusalem
Lev HaOlam Friends and Family United at the Feast Of Tabernacles in Jerusalem
During the week of Oct 13th – 18th, Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel, welcomed over five thousand Christians, from over one hundred different countries, who had traveled to Israel to join the celebration of Sukkot with their Jewish friends in the holy city. In keeping with the biblical prophecy from Zechariah 14:12, “Then everyone who survives of all of the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths,” thirty-nine years ago a passionate group of Christians with a love for...
Sukkot: Celebrating under the Stars
Sukkot: Celebrating under the Stars
Anyone who has visited Israel during Sukkot will have been struck by the decorative tent-like structures that appear in gardens, public spaces, balconies and just about everywhere else! These ‘sukkot’ or booths are full of biblical significance, and for a week they become centers of feasting and fellowship as Israelis celebrate Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. Sukkot is the third and final ‘Fall feast,’ taking place five days after Yom Kippur on the 15th of Tishrei in the Jewish calendar (sometime late September / October in the Gregorian calendar). The holiday lasts for seven days and seven nights. During Temple...
A natural toothpaste with a difference
A natural toothpaste with a difference
Many of you have written in lately to say how much you liked the Masik natural toothpaste we included in a recent package. We’re glad you liked it! This toothpaste is actually very special. It is made by Masik, a family-run natural cosmetics company based in the Golan Heights. This is one of the territories that the BDS movement is seeking to boycott, so your support is very important to them. Masik’s toothpaste contains no fluoride and is handmade from only natural ingredients. What makes it different from other natural toothpastes is that it contains Israeli Dead Sea salt. The...
Yom Kippur: Fasting and Freedom
Yom Kippur: Fasting and Freedom
When people think of Yom Kippur—or the Day of Atonement—the first thought that normally comes to mind is fasting. But the truth is there’s so much more to this incredible Jewish holy day than just going without food. Yom Kippur is the second of the ‘Fall Feasts,’ following ten days after Rosh HaShanah (Jewish New Year). It takes place on the tenth day of the seventh month in the Hebrew calendar, which falls sometime in September / October in the Gregorian calendar. In Temple times, Yom Kippur was the day when the children of Israel made sacrifices to atone for...
The Jews’ Blessing to Gaza
The Jews’ Blessing to Gaza
Even people who know very little about Israeli politics know two things: the people of Gaza are suffering terribly and it’s all Israel’s fault. This is, in fact, a myth. There’s no doubt that people are suffering in Gaza. But if you take the time to find out the facts (and don’t just listen to the anti-Semitic lies told about Gaza by Israel-haters), you’ll see that the Jewish presence in Gaza brought enormous blessing for the local Arab people. Here are some of the lesser-known facts about the history of Gaza: Fact 1: Egypt ruled Gaza before Israel – and...
4 facts that reveal the antisemitism behind BDS
4 facts that reveal the antisemitism behind BDS
The BDS (Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions) movement parades itself as a humanitarian, fact-based and impartial response to social injustice. In truth it’s a dangerous and misguided ideology fueled by hatred of Israel and the Jewish people. Here are a few facts that reveal the dark spirit of antisemitism lurking beneath the respectable facade of BDS. Fact 1: BDS seeks the annihilation of Israel No movement can seriously describe itself as peace-making and reconciliatory if it plots the destruction of one of the parties! Yet this is exactly what BDS does. The movement tries to appeal to moderates by saying it...
Arugot: Natural cosmetics from a troubled region
Arugot: Natural cosmetics from a troubled region
You probably noticed some special cosmetic products in our last package: an organic night cream and a citron serum made by the family-run business Arugot. Now we want to tell you a little about what makes these cosmetics so special, and about the incredible couple who make them… Itai and Esther Lachman live in Netivot, a town in the Negev region of Israel, close to the Gaza border. So close, in fact, that they have just 15 seconds to make it to a bomb shelter or safe room when the sirens warn that rockets are coming from the Hamas-led Gaza...
Ethnic cleansing? The truth about Arabs in Israel and Jews in the Arab world
Ethnic cleansing? The truth about Arabs in Israel and Jews in the Arab world
A common myth people believe about Israel is that the Jewish state is guilty of ethnically cleansing its Arab population. A quick look at the facts tells a very different story: Fact 1: There never was an independent nation of Palestine Many think that prior to the creation of Israel in 1948, there was a flourishing independent country called Palestine with an Arab population dating back thousands of years. This isn’t true. Before the First World War, the region known as Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire, which included much of the modern-day Middle East. There was never a...
Shechem
Shechem
There are few places in Israel where the sense of injustice suffered by the Jewish community is felt more acutely than in Shechem. The centuries-old attempt to erase Jewish history from this town has been so successful that many people today have never even heard the name Shechem. They only know about the Arab town called Nablus under the administration of the Palestinian Authority in the area where Jews are forbidden to set foot. In fact, the name Nablus is a derivative of ‘Flavius Neopolis’ – the name the Romans gave Shechem in the first century as part of an...
Jewish teenager stabbed to death by terrorists in Gush Etzion
Jewish teenager stabbed to death by terrorists in Gush Etzion
On Wednesday night, the 19-year-old son of one of our suppliers was murdered in cold blood by terrorists as he returned to his yeshiva in the Gush Etzion region. Dvir Sorek—son of Rachel Sorek, one of our artisan jewelry makers—had been in Jerusalem the day he was killed. Always kind-hearted and quick to serve others, he had volunteered to buy books for his yeshiva rabbis on behalf of his classmates as an end-of-year gift. Dvir never got to give his gift or see the smiles on his rabbis’ faces. On his way back from Jerusalem, before he reached the yeshiva,...
7 Fascinating Facts about Jerusalem
7 Fascinating Facts about Jerusalem
1. Studies show that there are olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane dating back 900 years, making them some of the oldest living olive trees in the world.2. When Neil Armstrong visited Jerusalem, he said: ‘I am more excited stepping on these stones than I was stepping on the moon.’ 3. Jewish people around the world face Jerusalem to pray. 4. Between 1948 and 1967 when the Old City of Jerusalem was under Jordanian control, Jews were not allowed to access their own holiest site – the Western Wall. In 1948, the area referred to today as ‘East Jerusalem’,...
Myths and truths about the BDS movement
Myths and truths about the BDS movement
BDS (Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions) is a movement that seeks to delegitimize Israel through economic measures such as boycotting Israeli businesses, cultural and academic institutions, particularly those operating in the so-called ‘occupied territories’, which are really the Jewish heartland of Judea and Samaria. BDS is a movement based on myths and lies. Here are some of the false claims, and what the truth really is: Myth 1: BDS helps ordinary Palestinian people Truth: The BDS movement does more harm than good for Arab people living under the Palestinian Authority. Israeli companies operating in the wrongly described ‘occupied territories’ actually benefit...
Archaeologists Discover Biblical City of Ziklag
Archaeologists Discover Biblical City of Ziklag
In yet another archaeological find that confirms the biblical account of events, experts believe they have uncovered the ancient city of Ziklag. Ziklag was the city that the king of the Philistines gifted to David when he fled from Saul and took refuge amongst the Philistines in Gath (1 Samuel 27). The Bible says that Ziklag, previously a Philistine city, remained in Jewish hands from then on. On one occasion, while David was away from Ziklag, the Amalekites invaded, burnt the city to the ground and took David’s wives and animals captive. David pursued the Amalekites, ambushed them and took...
Senior US diplomats join Israeli leaders to open site of excavated Jewish road in East Jerusalem
Senior US diplomats join Israeli leaders to open site of excavated Jewish road in East Jerusalem
While many around the world are trying to airbrush Jewish history from Jerusalem, particularly from the contested eastern side, archaeological findings continue to confirm its deep Jewish connection. One remarkable discovery made in recent times was a Jewish road dating back over 2000 years to the days of Herod. This road connected the major holy sites for Jewish pilgrims in temple times, including Temple Mount, the City of David and the Pool of Siloam. The pilgrims’ road may have been hidden forever had it not been for a burst water pipe in 2004, some distance from the site of the...
Beit El
Beit El
Beit El (meaning ‘House of God’) is a community in the heart of Samaria, to the north of Jerusalem. Its connection to the Jewish people dates back to the days of the Patriarchs when Abraham built an altar to the Lord there after G-d covenanted that his descendants would be a great nation and inherit the Land of Israel (Genesis 12:8). Later, it was at Beit El (often called Bethel in the Bible) that Jacob had his famous vision of a ladder up to heaven with angels ascending and descending on it (Genesis 28:12). Here, the Lord confirmed the covenant...
Germany becomes the first European country to declare BDS movement antisemitic
Germany becomes the first European country to declare BDS movement antisemitic
In a recent landmark vote, the German Bundestag passed a motion ruling that the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel equates to antisemitism. The motion requested all German government agencies to withdraw support – financial or otherwise – from organizations connected to BDS or those that question Israel’s right to exist. The BDS campaign, which drew inspiration from the South African anti-apartheid movement, has caused significant damage to innocent Israeli business and individuals. Last year, 20 artists, including the singer Lana Del Rey, withdrew their participation from an Israeli summer festival following pressure from BDS activists. Members of...
How Do You Recode History’s Bad Programming?
How Do You Recode History’s Bad Programming?
Have you ever wondered about the phrases “history repeats itself” and “there is nothing new under the sun”? The latter is from Ecclesiastes, written in ancient times, not too long after the beginning of recorded history. These sayings point to the strange patterns that keep repeating themselves despite man’s best efforts to learn. One of the more sinister patterns, actually a virus, is anti-Semitism. Today, the BDS [1] movement’s targeting of Jewish economic life threatens to set a terrible historical pattern in motion. Where did the Holocaust Begin? At the end of WWII, as the depth of Nazi travesty and inhumanity against...
Shiloh – A Spiritual Time Capsule
Shiloh – A Spiritual Time Capsule
Have you ever thought about how the Jewish people is G-d’s living time capsule? When we read about the patriarchs, judges and kingdom years in Israel, we are reading about events that took place thousands of years ago. So much time has passed that all people groups from those ancient eras have disappeared, save one. Only the Jewish people have an unbroken historical identity that survives to this day. It’s remarkable when you think of it. We know this because the Bible is a time capsule that allows us to connect with what happened those thousands of years ago. One...
Airbnb Picked the Wrong Fight
Airbnb Picked the Wrong Fight
Claiming the Promised Land and securing the survival of the Jewish people have always involved an element of struggle, and victory has rarely been effortless. Throughout history God has raised up heroes like Esther and Mordechai, or the Maccabees, whom we are commemorating right now by lighting the candles during Hanukah. These were leaders who brought the people and the forces of good together. You personally can find out what’s going on in the struggle today and how you can help fight the good fight. One chapter in the struggle for the Holy Land is taking place with Airbnb, who...
Hebron’s Struggle and Promise – A Jewish Community Battling Against the Odds
Hebron’s Struggle and Promise – A Jewish Community Battling Against the Odds
Hebron houses the history of Israel’s ancient beginnings, but the city is also a reflection of the intense challenges that brave Jews have to overcome to claim their heritage in the land of Israel. Hebron’s Jewish community is not giving up any time soon, but they need your prayers, help, and support to maintain their small community of less than 1,000 souls in the midst of nearly 250,000 hostile Arabs. Can you imagine? Outnumbered 250 to 1!! Continue reading to learn about the importance of Hebron for Israel’s past, present and future, and discover how you can help secure Israel’s...
8 wonderful products that you’ll find inside this month’s package.
8 wonderful products that you’ll find inside this month’s package.
Opening your Lev HaOlam box is like opening a surprise every month – and this month is no different! At Lev HaOlam, our team goes out every month to small, family-run businesses to find the best and most exclusive products for our boxes. You can rest assured that each of the goodies in this box are hand-picked by us – and we hope you’ll love them too! Let’s take a look at some of the goodies you can expect to find in this month’s box: Granola by Mandel You haven’t tried granola until you’ve tried Mandel’s granola! What makes this...
5 Facts About Hebron
5 Facts About Hebron
The Cave of the Patriarchs, also called the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron 1. Hebron is the second holiest city after Jerusalem. In the Old Testament, he is mentioned 62 times. According to the Old Testament, Abraham, the founder of the Jewish people, paid 400 shekels of fine silver for the Cave of the Patriarchs, also called the Cave of Machpelah. Hebron is one of the oldest cities in the world, it was here that King David began to reign. 2. The Cave of the Patriarchs, (the Cave of Machpelah) is the oldest building in the world that has been...
What our friends say?
What our friends say?
Ever wanted to try some of the most amazing goodies from Israel — without leaving your home? Here at Lev Haolam, our mission is simple: we want to support small, family-run companies in Israel while showing the world amazing products from the Israeli heartland. Every month, we hand pack and send out more than 2,700 boxes worldwide to people who share the same vision as us. You might be wondering, what’s inside a Lev Haolam box? Although every month is different, you can expect to find 7 to 9 hand-picked items that are specially-crafted from the Israeli heartland. Your box might include food...
Lev HaOlam Invited to Celebrate Harvest at the Feast of Tabernacles
Lev HaOlam Invited to Celebrate Harvest at the Feast of Tabernacles
Every year, millions of people around the world celebrate Sukkot, which is one of Judaism’s most important holidays. The event celebrates the fall harvest, and this year was extra special because Lev HaOlam was invited to be a guest at one of the most exclusive Sukkot celebrations: the Feast of Tabernacles! Lev HaOlam’s goal for the Feast was to show everyone how they could support Israel in a fun and easy way, and we were extremely successful! Thousands of people visited our stand during the week-long event and got to see and try amazing products from the Israeli heartland. Every...
A Win for Germany and France, but Uncertainty for Eurovision 2019
A Win for Germany and France, but Uncertainty for Eurovision 2019
You may have heard of the BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanctions) movement, whose main goal is to boycott goods and products from Isreal in order to delegitamize the country and weaken its economy. It’s a worldwide movement that started over 13 years ago and still continues to this day. The BDS movement has been in the news recently, and this past week has been no exception. Here is everything you need to know in order to stay on top of the news. Let’s start off with another monumental victory for anti-BDS campaigners, this time in the German city of Berlin....
Shabbat Shalom from Ma’ale Adumim
Shabbat Shalom from Ma’ale Adumim
Ma’ale Adumim [Photo Credit: Davidmoseberg] Ma’ale Adumim (The Red Rock Ascent) is perhaps the closest community, of Judea, to Jeruslaem, located approximately seven kilometers north of the city. The city boasts magnificent views of the mountains of Jerusalem, including Mount Scopus and the Mount of Olives. The name dates back to the times of Joshua. The ancient city rested on the line separating the biblical portions of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. Due to the fact that the area served as an assent (which is the translation of the Hebrew word Ma’ale) and due to the red rocks (Adumim...
BDS Boycott Claims Another Major Brand
BDS Boycott Claims Another Major Brand
As of this past month, global sports brand Adidas will no longer sponsor the Israel Football Association (IFA) after repeated protest from the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. Adidas is just one major brand that has been viciously boycotted by the BDS movement. The long list includes famous companies such as Victoria’s Secret, AirBnb, Viber, SodaStream, and more – simply because they do business with Israel. Back in March, over 100 Palestinian football clubs petitioned Adidas to end its sponsorship of the IFA – all because six Israeli Football teams were based in the disputed Israeli holy land. After...
What will I find in my package from Lev HaOlam?
What will I find in my package from Lev HaOlam?
The packages sent by Lev HaOlam change each month, and contain a wide variety of goodies. Regular items include natural products, jewelry, olive oil, food products, spices, clothing and more. Each box includes numerous items sourced from Israel’s agricultural heartland, the Judea and Samaria regions which surround Jerusalem. Recent boxes have featured exquisite wine from the Har HaBracha winery situated on the biblical Mount of Blessing, delicious rich chocolate produced near the holy city of Hebron, colorful decorative napkin holders to brighten up any dining table, and many more cute gifts, snacks and pieces of jewelry. Chocolate from Holy Cacao...
Spain and Germany Set an Example to Overturn BDS Movement
Spain and Germany Set an Example to Overturn BDS Movement
Last week, two cities in Spain made a bold statement after they overturned a pledge to join the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. Villarrobledo, a small city about 100 miles from the capital of Madrid, originally signed up to be part of the BDS movement and boycott Israeli-made products back in April 2017. However, this was short lived: a Spanish civil liberties group called ACOM (loosely translated as Action and Communication about the Middle East) took legal action to reverse the motion – and won. Villarrobledo reversed their stance on August 21. The week after, another small Spanish city...
Anti BDS Hero
Anti BDS Hero
Over the past month, Ireland has sent shockwaves throughout the world by voting in favor of passing a bill that would ban the import of products created in Israel’s Judea & Samaria territory. What’s most alarming about this bill is that it sets the stage for other European countries to do the same – with terrible consequences. If Ireland bans products from Israel, it will lead to great losses of profits that family-run companies in the Israeli heartland rely on in order to survive. The Israeli government opposes this ban, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He notes, “Legislation, which promotes...
What’s Included in a Lev Haolam Box?
What’s Included in a Lev Haolam Box?
Every month is a new surprise in your mailbox! We strive to curate a variety of goodies that might include food products, clothing, jewelry, books, drinks, and natural products. Each box has hand-picked items from Judea & Samaria. Thousands of years ago, these two areas were known as the historical, religious, and agricultural heartland of Israel – and that passion still exists today in the small businesses that produce the items in each Lev Haolam box. Excited to learn more? Let’s take a look at one of our recent boxes! Negohot Honey Tucked away on top of a hill, Negohot...
BDS Activist Denied Entry to Israel
BDS Activist Denied Entry to Israel
(BDS activist Ariel Gold. Picture: Ariel Gold’s Facebook Page) A Jewish American citizen with close ties to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement who attempted to enter Israel last night was denied entry at Ben Gurion international airport. Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority acted last night to prevented the entry of BDS activist Ariel Gold, who is known to the authorities for her anti-Israel agitation and links to the radical left Code Pink group which describes itself as “a feminist organization that supports and promotes BDS against Israel”. Gold is currently serving as the national co-director of US left-wing activist...
Shabbat Shalom from Etz Efraim
Shabbat Shalom from Etz Efraim
Etz Efraim is a village located in the Samarian hills, between the cities of Ariel and Rosh HaAyin. Etz Efraim, which translates to the “Stick/Tree of Efraim”, was founded in 1985 by members of Shkunot B’Yosh (The Judea, Samaria, and Gaza Neighborhoods). Its name derives from the book of Ezekiel, which says, “…take for yourself one stick and write upon it, ‘For Judah and for the children of Israel his companions’; and take one stick and write upon it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and all the house of Israel, his companions’.” This quote references G-d’s plan to reunite the kingdoms...
ILTV Israel Daily: Interview with Nati Rom
ILTV Israel Daily: Interview with Nati Rom
“We call it Judea and Samaria. It’s the biblical name of it. And we deal very straight. This is our homeland. It [our homeland] was the here for thousands of years. We don’t speak politics, we speak the truth about our history about our rights here by the Bible, by the history books.” Transcript: Reporter: Hundreds of supporters of the Jewish state from Norway Germany and Finland have just come together at a conference on how to fight back against BDS. Joining me now with more is attorney Nati Rom, the founder of Lev HaOlam, which organized this conference and...
Shabbat Shalom from Yafit
Shabbat Shalom from Yafit
Yafit is a moshav (collective community) located in the Jordan Valley. Moshav Yafit is off the main road and at the foot of an ancient hilltop fortress constructed by the Hasmoneans called Alexandrium (also known as Sartaba). It was built in the 1980s by a group of French immigrants that had been attracted to the beautiful desert area. The name “Yafit” means beautiful, and was chosen because of the beautiful desert. But the name was also chosen to honor and remember Yossi Yafa, an IDF commander. In 1992, Moshav Yafit absorbed many Russian immigrants. Then during the 1990s, Yafit had...
Germany Signs Massive €1 billion Israel Drone Deal
Germany Signs Massive €1 billion Israel Drone Deal
by Zvi Manasseh | Jun 15, 2018 | BDS, IDF, Israel (IAI Heron, WikiMedia Commons) German lawmakers have approved a massive deal to lease several Israeli-made Heron-TP drones in a deal worth an estimated €1 billion ($1.2 billion), despite significant pressure against the German government. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been busy with brief trips to multiple countries in the last two weeks, including Germany and Britain, and has welcomed numerous senior officials to Jerusalem over the same period. According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, the deal was discussed while visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in...
Shabbat Shalom from Bat Ayin
Shabbat Shalom from Bat Ayin
Bat Ayin is located approximately twenty-five kilometers south of Jerusalem, in the area of Judea known as Gush Etzion (or Eztion Block in English). All of the communities of Gush Etzion are adjacent or connected to a road called Derech Avot (road of the fathers). This road, which still exists, gets its name from the fact that it is the road that all of the Jewish patriarchs traveled while they resided in Israel. Bat Ayin was established by seven families led by Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburg in 1989, on land originally purchased by Jews before 1948, which, under Jordanian rule until 1967, was treated as...
Thousands Enjoy Cherry Picking Festival in Judea
Thousands Enjoy Cherry Picking Festival in Judea
Tourists visit Kibbutz Rosh Tzurim for the traditional cherry picking festival. (Photo: Courtesy) Over 8,000 people flocked to Kibbutz Rosh Tzurim in the Gush Etzion region in Judea, just south of Jerusalem on Friday for the annual cherry picking festival, less than two weeks after a nearby cherry orchard was attacked and torched by Arab assailants. The assailants responsible for the pre-dawn attack, using burning tires, have so far not been identified. Nevertheless, the festival continued and hundreds of families and took the opportunity to enjoy a healthy, natural and fun day out. Visitors were told that it was an...
Exclusive: The Story of Saboneto’s Shlomo Keshet
Exclusive: The Story of Saboneto’s Shlomo Keshet
Winding up Route 458, just half an hour North of Jerusalem, Kochav Hashachar peeks out from the horizon on the top of one of the hills apart of a vast chain of rolling mountains. The high school, which is most prominent from the road, displays its vast campus and the residential community is not situated too far behind on the next hilltop. Kochav Hashachar overlooks the stunning mountain ranges it sits on, with the mountains stretching across the border into Jordan. On a clear day, you can also spot the Dead Sea. The sunrise must be breathtaking, especially since the...
On Stage: BDS vs Neta Barzilai
On Stage: BDS vs Neta Barzilai
by Zvi Manasseh | May 10, 2018 | BDS, Israel Netta Barzilai during her time in the Israeli Navy’s band (Photo: Facebook) Netta Barzilai, Israel’s representative and bookmakers’ favorite to win the 2018 Eurovision contest, held this year in Lisbon, has come under fire from anti-Israel activists calling for the public to boycott the musician. Activists in the BDS Movement last week opened a Facebook campaign in Europe calling on the public to sabotage Israeli participant Netta Barzalai’s chances by giving her “nil points” (zero points) in the popular song contest.     BDS activists are claiming that they are...
EXCLUSIVE: Bright and Colorful Design Commemorate Life in Tekoa: The Story of Naama Isaac
EXCLUSIVE: Bright and Colorful Design Commemorate Life in Tekoa: The Story of Naama Isaac
Naama Isaac, with her husband and their three children, live in the community of Tekoa, Judea. Naama has produced some wonderful products that have gone out in Lev Haolam’s Surprise Monthly Packages. Naama was born in Ofra where she lived for twelve years, when her family decided to move to Kochav HaShachar. Her parents were one of the first families to reside in the community after it had been established. “When Kochav HaShachar was created, they were looking for [new] families to move there to help strengthen the [young] community. So, we moved there for one year to help strengthen...
EXCLUSIVE: Powerful Coffee and Powerful Ideals: The Story of the Treger Family
EXCLUSIVE: Powerful Coffee and Powerful Ideals: The Story of the Treger Family
Brandon and Stephanie Treger immigrated to Israel with their four daughters from South Africa just over a year ago. The Tregers currently live in Efrat, one of the largest communities in Judea. In the short amount of time that they have lived in Israel, the Tregers already opened a chic boutique coffee shop called Power Coffeeworks. We recently went to visit and interview Brandon (and of course to taste the fantastic freshly brewed coffee), who is one of the newst producers for Lev Haolam’s Surprise Monthly Package Project. We arrived at the shop on a cold and rainy morning and...
EXCLUSIVE: Fashion With A View, The Story of Yael Rozmarin
EXCLUSIVE: Fashion With A View, The Story of Yael Rozmarin
We recently drove out to the beautiful neighborhood of Nofei Prat- located in the community of Kfar Adumim – to interview Yael Rozmarin, one of the producers for Lev Haolam’s Surprise Monthly Package Project. Upon entering Yael’s studio it became apparent that we were meeting with a sweet, warm woman. Given her calm demeanor, you wouldn’t realize that Yael had three children and ran her own studio on meeting her for the first time. We learned over the course of the interview, the quiet and serene lifestyle that Kfar Adumim provides its residents was one of the most influential reasons...
EXCLUSIVE: The Sounds of Silence, The Story of Eliezer Rosenfeld
EXCLUSIVE: The Sounds of Silence, The Story of Eliezer Rosenfeld
On a warm Thursday morning, the Lev Haolam team drove through the mountains of Samaria to a small community called Kohav Hashahar. It was there that we had planned to meet and interview Eliezer Rosenfeld, a musician and producer for Lev Haolam’s Surprise Monthly Package Project. Unbeknownst to us, Eliezer had much more in store for us than a simple interview. After we began the interview, Eliezer drew us into his story, painting his memories with words. As he started to tell us about his life, we were no longer sitting on his couch in Kohav Hashahar, but instead were...
EXCLUSIVE: Ceramics Made With Love: The Story of Batya Erdstein
EXCLUSIVE: Ceramics Made With Love: The Story of Batya Erdstein
Batya and Baruch Erdstein, with their six children, live in Itamar, a community located amidst the Samarian hills. Batya is originally from San Diego, California. She has a very pleasant, easy-going and spiritual demeanor. Batya has produced some of the fine ceramic products that have been sent in Lev Haolam’s Surprise Monthly Packages. We went to Itamar to interview Batya and to hear about her journey to and in Israel. Batya told us that her and her husband had always been interested in living in Judea and Samaria. “When we first got married, we lived in Bat Ayin [Judea], but...
EXCLUSIVE: A Mother’s Passion Burns Bright in Tekoa: The Story of Olga Alievsky
EXCLUSIVE: A Mother’s Passion Burns Bright in Tekoa: The Story of Olga Alievsky
Olga is the mother of 6 children. She lives in Tekoa (pronounced T’koa) a beautiful community in the Judean Hills, just south of Jerusalem. Tekoa is part of the area of Judea known as Gush Etzion (Etzion Block). Tekoa like all the communities in Gush Etzion, is located near the historical road called Derech Avot (Path of the Patriarchs) – a road traveled by all of the Jewish patriarchs. We traveled to Tekoa to meet with Olga, to hear her story and – although we did know it beforehand – to stand in awe by her masterpieces. Olga crafts stunning...
EXCLUSIVE: Hebron’s Holy Honeybees: The Story of David Daniel
EXCLUSIVE: Hebron’s Holy Honeybees: The Story of David Daniel
David Daniel has been a Lev Haolam supplier for a number of years. Among the many products from our Surprise Monthly Package Project, David has produced honey and therapeutic beeswax ointment for Lev Haolam, both of which come from the bee hives David owns and maintains in Hebron. His products are infused with his passion for the land of Israel. David was born and raised in the city of Hebron and currently lives there with his wife and 4 children. While it is true that David grew up in Hebron, his passion for the Hebron and for Israel goes beyond...
EXCLUSIVE: The Past and the Present Come Together in Gush Etzion: The Story of Shlomit Cohen & Gift of Nature Cosmetics
EXCLUSIVE: The Past and the Present Come Together in Gush Etzion: The Story of Shlomit Cohen & Gift of Nature Cosmetics
In light of all of the historical and present treasures that Israel has to offer, traveling through the area of Judea known as Gush Etzion (Eztion Block in English) is nothing short of mesmerizing. The Gush Etzion region, snugly nested within the Judean hills, is an area that starts approximately 20 kilometers south of Jerusalem and extends to just north of Kiryat Arba and Hebron. All of the communities of Gush Etzion are located adjacent and connected to a road called Derech Avot (road of the fathers). This road, which still exists, gets its name from the fact that it...
EXCLUSIVE: From Judea to the Golan Heights to Samaria: The Journey of Boaz Netanel
EXCLUSIVE: From Judea to the Golan Heights to Samaria: The Journey of Boaz Netanel
It has been approximately 15 years since my last trip out to the Shiloh region of Samaria. I fondly remember that first trip, visiting a beautiful family living on the hilltop community of Shvut Rachel, for Shabbat. However, this time I was with my colleague from Lev Haolam to meet with one of our suppliers, Boaz Netanel, who is the owner and manager of Aley Tamar Jewelry. While driving through the winding roads of Samaria, I was taken by the beautiful views, the vast hills and valleys. Upon entering Eli, the community where Boaz lives, a beautiful panorama brimming with...
Lev Haolam Packages Presented to Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Soldiers at Judea and Samaria Jubilee Celebration
Lev Haolam Packages Presented to Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Soldiers at Judea and Samaria Jubilee Celebration
Pictured above is IDF commander Sharone Asman speaking with soldiers stationed in the Gush Etzion region. At a ceremony in the Gush Etzion (Judea) region of Israel – in commemoration of the jubilee or 50 year anniversary of the return of the Jewish people to the Judea, Samaria, the Golan and the Jordan Valley areas of Israel – soldiers who are currently serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) received packages from Lev Haolam. These soldiers held senior positions in the IDF and were presented the gift packages by the Gush Etzion regional commander, Sharone Asman. The IDF specifically wanted...
Negohot Honey and A Sweet New Year From Lev Haolam
Negohot Honey and A Sweet New Year From Lev Haolam
Recently, we had the privilege of meeting a wonderful family living in the small community of Negohot (Judea). Negohot is just a few kilometers from the holy city of Hebron and is located on a remote hilltop in the Judean mountains. My collegues at Lev Haolam and I went to Negohot to meet Shimrit and Baruch Foychtvanger, the founders of Negohot honey. We got to hear the story of how the Foychtvanger’s made it to the community of Negohot and about how Negohot Honey was started. Negohot Honey was one of the products in the September package from Lev Haolam....
Happy Rosh Hashana
Happy Rosh Hashana
by Aviva Morris | Sep 13, 2017 | blog, Company News, Israel, Judea and Samaria Man blowing the shofar-horn at the Western Wall [Photo Credit: Comunità Ebraica di Roma] The Jewish people have had a tradition, dating back thousands of years, to eat sweet foods in celebrating the start of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year. (With Rosh Hashana right around the corner, we hope our partners and supporters have started to receive our special High Holiday Packages from Lev Haolam!) These sweet treats are meant to herald a wonderfully sweet New Year. In addition to eating sweet foods, we...
What’s Inside A Surprise Monthly Package from Lev HaOlam?
What’s Inside A Surprise Monthly Package from Lev HaOlam?
For those of you who haven’t heard about our Surprise Monthly Package Project, let me take a minute to explain a bit more about the “story” behind the monthly packages before getting into what’s inside of the packages. The Surprise Monthly Package Project Story About 4 years ago, Nati Rom, who lives in a small Jewish village near Shiloh decided to take upon himself the fight against the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. “We saw that there were no efforts using the story of Judea and Samaria to combat the boycott movement working so hard against us,” Nati said. Nati’s...
The Gem of Judea
The Gem of Judea
On our way to meet this month’s producer, we drive along a winding road between olive trees and vinyards and climb up a steep mountain where a gem of the Judean Desert is revealed: Pnei Kedem. This hilltop is the home to 50 idealistic families who built their houses, planted their trees and paved the roads of their village with their own hands. We meet Tamar Rund in front of her house, as she greets us with a smile and a hot beverage. Even on a warm spring day, the winds of Pnei Kedem are cooling. She invites us inside...
Healthy Cookies
Healthy Cookies
Office Manager turned Confectioner in Response to her Husband’s illness As we enter this large space inside one of the buildings in the in the capital city of Gush Etzion, we smell the delicious aromas of fresh pastries, cinnamon, cocoa and chocolate. This is the new home of “Rachel’s Cookies”, a family business. Several employees roll the dough, grind nuts, mix them with dates and spices, prepare the fillings and cut the ready cookies into pieces. While packing is done by a machine, almost everything else is done manually. “And you can feel free to taste them” says Uriel Mekhaber,...
The Wine for the Wise
The Wine for the Wise
Have you ever wondered what inspires one to open a winery? For Avraham Moro and Michel Metzger, two French Jews who immigrated to Israel over than 30 years ago, the answer was quite fascinating. The two friends, who had been partners in construction business before, opened a winery when they wanted a business that would bring them not just money, but happiness. At the Amos Winery, you can feel it. Upon entering Amos winery, you first arrive at the visitor’s center, a welcoming place where wine or coffee is served all day, music performances are held every Saturday evening, and...
Help Lev HaOlam Design its Next T-Shirt and Win!
Help Lev HaOlam Design its Next T-Shirt and Win!
Lev HaOlam is looking to design a new t-shirt that relays Le HaOlam’s drive to connect the world with Israel’s Biblical Heartland. We want you to help us design it. Please leave your idea and contact information either in the comments section here, on Facebook, or in this site’s contact form. The winner will receive a special package direct from Israel.
EXCLUSIVE: A Little Bit of Good: The Story of Jo Zander
EXCLUSIVE: A Little Bit of Good: The Story of Jo Zander
Founder of the “Holy Cacao” chocolate factory near Hebron Jo Zander is one of just a few dozen producers of bean-to-bar chocolate in the world. He sees his work as realization of a major commandment in Judaism: Improving the world. What is your connection to chocolate, how did you come to founding a chocolate factory? My connection to chocolate is both old and new. My grandfather was a baker, and I worked for him as a kid. I did not like chocolate at that time, I didn’t even like sweets at all, but there I learned to do things from...
Finding Roots and Magic: The Story of Nicole Yehezkel
Finding Roots and Magic: The Story of Nicole Yehezkel
In just ten years, Nicole Yehezkel has changed her life in all ways possible. She moved from Florida to Israel, from school to the IDF, became religious, moved to a community in Judea and Samaria, and started her own business. She sells natural cosmetics and medicinal products from Israeli-grown materials – herbs, oils and flowers. As we exit the car in the community of Halamish, or Neveh Tzuf, located in the hills of southwestern Samaria, just 26 km from Jerusalem, a stunning view with green hills all around opens up. I ask Nicole Yehezkel what she likes about living in...