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Apr 23, 2019, 1:54 AM
Bringing water and light to Mozambique
On March 14th,2019, the Mozambican city of Beira—population, half a million—was devastated by 225 km/hr winds and 6-meter-high-waves. Power lines and trees fell across town. The roof of the Central Hospital partially collapsed, leaving parts of it flooded and...
Mar 25, 2019, 10:08 PM
60,000 south Indians to have potable water
With help from Diaspora Jewish communities, US-based CADENA delivers relief to farflung disaster zones
Sep 18, 2018, 2:24 AM
Kintsukoroi and Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur is not only a time for repentance, forgiveness and introspection, but also a time for reparation. By taking time off from our daily chores to reflect on our faults, we emerge from the fast with a feeling of...
Sep 3, 2018, 8:39 PM
The world needs us. Now.
It feels like yesterday, the day I found myself on the back of a pick-up truck, zig-zagging through the Sierra of Chiapas, in southern Mexico. The ride was anything but comfortable, yet I suddenly found myself overwhelmed by a...
Jan 30, 2018, 12:38 AM
Tu Bishvat: Renewing Our Relationship with Nature
“Human being is a tree in the fields.”(Deut. 10:19). I´ve come across this phrase multiple times, but I never understood its implications until I found myself surrounded on all sides by lush vegetation deep in the Amazon jungle. My guide...
Jan 18, 2018, 2:51 AM
What does it mean to be Jewish in the Twenty-First Century?
Being Jewish in the Twenty-First Century To live a meaningful Jewish life we must ask ourselves "Why?" Why should we carry on with our millennial legacy? What difference does it make in the world if we Jews continue to exist or...
Dec 7, 2017, 11:15 PM
In the darkness of Puerto Rico, a lesson for Chanukah
Since ancient times, mankind has celebrated the winter solstice: providing warmth and joy to the community and building strength to get through the long, dark, winter nights. This is the meaning of Jag Haurim, Chanukah, the festival of lights. This...
Nov 30, 2017, 8:49 PM
The Puerto Rico Mission
On September 6, Puerto Rico declared a state of emergency: Irma, a category-five-hurricane, had ravaged the island. That same day an 8.2 earthquake struck the Mexican state of Oaxaca —then, on the 19th, another one (7.2) hit the Mexican...
Benjamin is the Secretary-General of CADENA: a global Jewish humanitarian relief agency based in Mexico City.