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Sep 17, 2020, 4:19 PM
A Thought Experiment Let’s assume that Jerusalem is the eye of the universe; the beating heart and soul of Am Yisroel, and all mankind. As we know: From Jerusalem the world was created. From the dust of Jerusalem man was formed. And, both the...
Sep 9, 2020, 7:17 PM
Above All Else
Political life. Before human life. Political survival. Above human survival. The right to a minyan. To protest. To Rabbeinu. ...
Apr 27, 2020, 8:25 PM
Covid Ha’atzmaut: The Shofar in Our Hearts
The State of Israel, and Yom Ha’atzmaut, may need a lot of rethinking, and their relationship to COVID-19 demands careful reflection. I’m writing these words with love, and I pray that is how you will receive them. A Short Story It was...
Apr 22, 2020, 12:47 AM
I Think I Heard a Siren Today
Part I. Countless, numberless Jews have lived and breathed upon the stage of history. Imagine if you could take the hearts and souls of all those Jews—their dreams, fears, joys, dances, tears, laughter, songs, sighs, hates and loves—and squeeze them...
Apr 14, 2020, 2:03 AM
Empathy In a Vise: A Daily Moment of Silence Perhaps
I can’t afford to allow myself to drown in the maddening wave of corona sorrow sweeping the globe, and nursing homes in my backyard. I can’t live with myself if I don’t expose my gaze to the pain of a...
Jan 30, 2020, 10:00 PM
Vision? Let the People Decide
Dear President Trump, President Abbas, and Prime Minister Netanyahu, Let the people decide! How? Like this: 1) Every household in Israel and the future State of Palestine, receives two hard copies of Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of the...
Dec 29, 2016, 2:08 AM
Jerusalem, Jewish Unity and UN Resolution 2334
Dear Family, Dear Fellow Jews everywhere, We are at a moment in Jewish history, a rare moment where we have an opportunity to achieve a level of unity unlike anything that has been seen in half a century or more. Let...
Oct 30, 2016, 9:57 PM
Rashi, Part I: Bereishit, Occupation and the Absurd Power of Truth
In the Beginning, God Created … Occupation This Shabbat, once again, we began our annual journey through the Torah. The book of Genesis begins with the creation of the heavens and the earth. At first blush, this seems like a reasonable...
May 16, 2016, 4:12 PM
I Didn’t Appreciate a Friend. And Now He’s Gone.
Michael was a very dear friend, and I didn’t fully appreciate that until yesterday. When I woke up Sunday morning I had a whatsapp message from a friend in Toronto. I learned that Michael Monson had died on Shabbat. After...
May 4, 2016, 11:21 PM
Yom HaShoah. My Shifting Soul
My Jewish self used to be more coherent than it is today. Since moving to Israel, I find that there is a shift taking place, one I don’t fully understand. From Then Till Now Thanks to my parents, I was raised...
Shimon Apisdorf has authored ten books that have sold over a quarter million copies and have won two Benjamin Franklin awards. His family moved to Israel in the summer of 2012. His new website is currently under construction.