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Aug 11, 2016, 6:17 PM
The Changing Tide in America
In an earlier letter you had asked me to further explain what I meant by the “changing tide” in American society and the influence it has had on my decision whether or not to move back. So I’ll tell...
Jan 25, 2013, 1:20 AM
Who’s driving this Bus?
Rarely has the outcome of an election seemed so certain. The Israeli electorate was fully expected to make a sharp turn to the right, but instead moved towards the center of the road. During the campaign, there was talk...
Jan 17, 2013, 3:30 PM
Bayit Yehudi and the Quest for National Unity
Election season in any country tends to highlight the ugly side of the political process. In Israel, election season often causes irreparable damage as divisions are brought to the surface and the Jewish people become embroiled in a very...
Nov 30, 2012, 12:18 AM
The Biblical Paradigm for Anti-Semitism throughout History
Warning: may cause some Jews to experience discomfort, irritation and in rare cases anger. Endless volumes have been written tracing the roots, causes and manifestations of classical, modern as well as the “new” antisemitism from every social and scientific...
Nov 28, 2012, 10:45 PM
Master of Puppets – Beit Lavan and the White House
Beit Lavan translates to English literally as “White House,” and the parallels between Yaakov’s relationship with Lavan and Israel’s relationship with the executive branch of the United States government are unsettling, to say the least. After fleeing Esav, Yaakov seeks...
Nov 22, 2012, 9:19 PM
Seeing the Stairway to Heaven…Traveling the Highway to Hell
For the past week I've found myself doing something I promised I would never do again, something I hadn’t done since college - engaging in debate over my right to exist. Unfortunately, as Jews we’ve become used to this. We’re good...
Nov 16, 2012, 2:45 PM
C’mon, I Was Only Playing….
Generally speaking, I have never been one to subscribe to stereotypes. However, if we put aside political correctness and are honest with ourselves, I think we can all agree that many stereotypes are in some way rooted in truth....
Nov 4, 2012, 6:07 PM
The Very First Oleh Chadash
Regardless of any rationalization, difference in interpretation or understanding of what it means to be part of the Jewish nation, I think we can all agree that it is no coincidence that Avraham, father of the Jewish people, was...
Nov 1, 2012, 9:16 PM
Ma’aseh Avot, Siman L’Banim
My goal in creating this blog begins with but extends well beyond an attempt to bring the stories, events and lessons of the Torah to life. B’ezrat Hashem, with at least one entry per week, I intend to provide...
Oct 2, 2012, 5:36 PM
The grand imperative of Jewish unity
I don’t pretend to know the answers to all or even some of society’s troubles. I do believe, however -- and it is supported by Torah -- that Jewish unity overrides all other concerns. Admittedly, many of the characteristics of...
Mike Kavitsky made aliya from the United States in 2005. He is married and has four small children.