One of the takeaways from Sunday's productive brainstorm was a survey of your preferences for new Israel-related categories to appear in “HaMizrachi”. As the publication expands, im yirze Hashem, we will be able to include more topics. Some we will aim to serialize. Here is a list of ideas inspired by our discussion.

Please rate your top 10 in order of preference/relevance/importance:

  • Amazing facts about Israel (need not be a full page, say one per issue)


    Around the Jewish World (like Rav Birnbaum’s series on Jewish communities)

    Book review

    Business ethics and other business-related topics

    Food – cooking, recipes

    “Hatch, Match and Dispatch” – births, engagements, condolences + rabbinical, communal appointments

    Health, nutrition, wellness

    IDF – focus on individual soldiers/lone soldiers/different units/moreshet krav

    Infographic (different topic each time)

    Institutions in Israel – yeshivot, sems, other – particularly for overseas students/general

    Interview with communal figures based on fixed questions – can be partially light-hearted too

    Israeli hi-tech – spotlight on companies, inventions

    Jewish/Israeli arts and culture

    Kosher restaurants review in Israel

    Letters to the Editor

    Machshevet Yisrael – philosophical issues

    Major issues relevant to communities, e.g. anti-Semitism, assimilation, kashrut issues…

    Nature/ flora and fauna in Israel – with/without Biblical connections

    Olim in Israel – profiles of immigrants/ families

    Parenting, raising children, educational issues

    People in Israel – profiles of ordinary/extraordinary people

    Places/sites in Israel – with/without Biblical connections

    Psychology (life hacks, how to cope with, etc.)

    Short vorts on the parsha

    The funny side of Israel (again, like amazing facts or short vorts, can be short, Readers Digest-like paragraphs)

    Women in Israel – profiles of ordinary/extraordinary women

    Women’s Torah/issues