The Battle That Presaged The Jewish State
BY NATHAN JEFFAY for The Jewish Week
The history-making WWI fight for Beersheba and more in the southern city.
Almost everyone has heard of the Balfour Declaration, and many people know that this year will be its centenary. But what about the anniversary of the remarkable event which, just two days earlier, set the stage for Arthur Balfour’s history-changing missive?
It was Nov. 2, 1917 when Balfour, the United Kingdom’s foreign secretary wrote in a letter to Walter Rothschild, a preeminent Zionist and a friend of Chaim Weitzman, “his majesty’s government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” — and was on board with making this happen. But at what point did he and his cabinet colleagues realize that Britain was going to be in the driver’s seat in the Middle East after World War I, and able to shape the region’s future?
Interviews With Interesting Jews: Rebecca Melsky, Co-Founder of Princess Awesome
When Rebecca Melsky, a Jewish Day School teacher in Washington, D.C., found out she was having a girl five years ago, she and her husband were determined not to put her in pink. But when her daughter became a pink-loving, dress-wearing toddler who also enjoyed space ships and dinosaurs, Rebecca was surprised that she couldn’t find a dress featuring a science theme. She teamed up with her friend Eva St. Clair to start Princess Awesome, a small clothing company offering hand-sewn dresses with patterns from pirates to pi, trucks to trains, and of course, dinosaurs. After their first run of dresses nearly sold out, they launched a Kickstarter to fund factory production of their designs and quickly became the highest funded children’s clothing project on Kickstarter to date. Rebecca was kind enough to talk with me about how Princess Awesome got started and the overwhelming response they’ve received so far.
African American Republican Congressional Candidate Turned Yeshiva Student
By Mordechai Ben Avraham Hazzan for MyJewishLearning.com
For some people, fitting into the status quo is soothing, comforting, peaceful. Not for me. For me, seeking a life of truth has brought me peace. Knowing truth exists is comforting, and experiencing virtues of truth has been soothing to my soul.
Today I am a yeshiva student studying Torah full time. Before this, I was a Republican candidate for Congress. Before that, I was an entertainment executive. And before that, I was a Christian who was born in a small farm town, raised by thoughtful, hard working spiritual seekers.
YOUR ISRAEL CONNECTION FOR TU B'SHEVAT
These Pigeons Flew for a Jewish Palestine
BY ZACHARY SOLOMON for Jewniverse
Long before city-dwellers affectionately called them “sky rats,” homing pigeons could occasionally serve a higher purpose.
For one such purpose, look to the operations of Nili, the Jewish espionage network that aided the British fight against the Ottomans in Palestine during World War I.