About the Author


Michael Freund

The writer served as deputy communications director in the Prime Minister’s Office under former premier Binyamin Netanyahu. He is the founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel (www.shavei.org), a Jerusalem-based group that facilitates the return of the Bnei Menashe and other “lost Jews” to the Jewish people.


The Hassidic Rebbe who Pioneered Moving to Israel

All Jews can learn an important lesson from Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk.

My Decision to Start Observing Shabbat

I’m no Abraham, but his act of walking in faith toward the unknown inspired me to do the same.

A Jewish Bucket List

Every Jew should experience these items in their lifetime.

The Western Wall Pledge

Do we take the Western Wall for granted?

The Indomitable Jewish Spirit

Instead of breaking us, this horrific act of terror has brought us all together.

Trancoso's Hidden Jews

More than five centuries after Portugal's Jews were compelled to convert to Catholicism, the Torah has finally returned to Trancoso.

Poland: Jews Aren't Welcome

Nearly seven decades since the end of World War II, Poland is once again turning on its Jews.

When Christians Repent

Christians supporting the Jewish state? It hardly seems like news anymore.

Finding a Lost Tribe of Israel in India

The long road home.

The War on Chanukah

NY Times' David Brooks could not possibly have gotten it more wrong

Slouching Toward Narcissism

How did we go from being a society that cared -- to one that is increasingly so callous?

The Straightforward Arithmetic of Jihad

The extent of support for global jihad is frightening in its proportions, and the numbers are anything but insignificant.

Fighting Assimilation

Give American Jews a 'birthright honeymoon.'

The Real Threat to Europe's Jews

European Jewry is slowly but surely disappearing before our eyes, melting away through a combination of ignorance, assimilation and intermarriage.

The Inquisition: Full Circle

500 years after being forced to abandon Judaism, some descendents are starting to return.

The Heroes Among Us

Israel's heroic and breathtaking operation serves as a potent reminder of just how special this country is.

Israel's Best Defense

The usual array of pro-Israel activities just doesn't seem to cut it anymore. Here's something that everyone can do to directly affect the situation.

7 Ways You Can Help Israel

Whether you're thousands of miles away, or living right in Jerusalem, you can help make a difference in these difficult times.

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