For over three thousand years, Rachelís Tomb has been the continuous focus of
Jewish prayers. The Biblical Matriarch, Rachel, wife of Jacob and mother to
Joseph and Benjamin, died in childbirth and was buried by Jacob near Bethlehem,
on the road to Efrat. Over the centuries, her tomb has been depicted in
Haggadahs, prayer books and travel accounts world over. Her presence has been
deeply felt by all who come to visit her burial site. Perhaps, that is because
according to tradition, Rachelís soul continues to weep at her childrenís pain
and rejoice at their happiness. Come, take a short trip with us to Bethlehem -
Mother Rachel is waiting for you!
10 min., #288, DVD, Color, $19.95
Eyewitness: David Rubinger
Israel Prize laureate David Rubinger has been photographing important dramatic events and personalities in Israel's history since 1947. For the first time ever, we return together with the photographer to some of the people and places that he immortalized through his camera lens. Who can forget the memorable photo of the three soldiers standing in awe at the Western Wall on June 7, 1967. Did you ever wonder what became of them? Or that pretty female soldier tending to a wounded comrade at the height of the Yom Kippur War. Come along with the photographer on this unique journey, a trip which spans more than fifty years of dedicated professionalism and talent, propelled by the great affection he possesses for the country and its people.
50 min., #279, Color, DVD, $29.95
Never A Dull Moment: The First Forty Years
Israel is a country that has been in the headlines from the very moment
of its birth. It is the focal point of dreams, clashes, enmity and achievement.
This poignant video utilizes documentary footage to highlight the major
events of the first forty years of the nation. Operation Magic Carpet;
the reclamation of the Negev, the capture and trial of Adolph Eichmann;
the Six Day War; the rescue at Entebbe; Sadat's visit to Jerusalem and
several human interest stories are but a few of the memorable moments captured
in this collector's item.
60 min., #205, DVD, Color and B&W, $29.95
A powerful documentary about the beginnings of Zionism and the creation
of the modern Jewish commonwealth in the Land of Israel. Using rare
newsreel footage to tell its story, the film begins in the late nineteenth
century and takes us through Israel's early years. Objective and not propagandistic. Narrated by Richard Burton.
"A remarkable example of the power of the film
medium, properly used, to bring history to life."-Medium
91 min., #211, DVD, B&W, $49.95