As Israel’s 75th Independence Day approaches, we take a look at the achievements and challenges of the young country, portrayed through a variety of moments: first steps on Israel’s soil; water pipes breaking through the heart of a desert; meetings between languages and cultures. Moments of joy and creation, difficulty and coping, but mostly seeing how so many individuals joined together to create something beautiful: Israel
Memorial candles are woven into all aspects of Yom HaZikaron: lit during public ceremonies, by bereaved families at gravesides on Har Hertzl, and of course in homes up and down the country. But why do we use a candle to commemorate the fallen heroes of Israel? What inspires us to shed light in a day full of darkness?
These photos reveal the leisure activities of the SS members who lived on the grounds of the Sobibor extermination camp
Zev Radovan has been taking photos since 1965, in Israel and around the world. He and his camera were given the kind of access that few people receive. As a result, Radovan was able to document some incredible locations and moments in history. His archive of photographs can now be found at the National Library of Israel…
The protests taking Israel by storm this month are part of a long, heartfelt history of Israelis taking to the streets to make their voices heard. Whether their demands are peaceful or passionate, one thing has always remained constant: The power of ordinary Israeli people to affect big change when they put their mind to it
The story behind the professions of Moroccan Jews, including a look at some unique photographs documenting Jewish artisans in Morocco in 1953
Some of the world’s biggest celebrities have graced Israel’s shores over the years. Among them were some true “Israel lovers.” Here’s a look at several typical stops on Israel’s classic celebrity tourist trail…
The Israeli general and politician Moshe Dayan was one of the most iconic and photogenic figures in the country’s history. We dove into the National Library collections and selected a handful of pictures that captured both historic and personal moments in his eventful life
Jewish schools after the destruction: View rare photos smuggled into Israel from post-war Hungary
The discovery of a handful of forgotten photos from a 1971 visit led us to take a retrospective look at Johnny Cash’s long-term love affair with the Land of Israel, which included five trips to the country
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