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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...
Feb 19, 2016, 12:44 AM
A Beautiful Evening. For Dafna’s Shloshim.
For the third time in just over a month, I find myself writing about Dafna Meir. And if you asked me why, I could rattle off a dozen reasons, but none of them would get it right. Deep down, in a...
Feb 7, 2016, 7:59 PM
My Late Brother: Fisherman, Addict, Holy, Hawk
My brother hurt people. Sometimes deeply. And more often than not, they were the people he loved most. Of course we all do that, don’t we? Hurt people we love. But addicts usually hurt more often, and deeper; those they love, as...
Jan 27, 2016, 9:42 PM
Ban Ki-moon Meets His Match: Rashi
Everyone Knows: The Jews Are Thieves “Palestinians deserve an end to the occupation …” U.S. President Barak Obama, 5/12/15 “The European Union has issued new guidelines for the labeling of products from illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories …” The Guardian,...
Jan 20, 2016, 7:48 PM
A beautiful drive. To Dafna’s shiva
The timeless Hebron hills were mere background for a profound human drama of searing pain and inspirational love
Jan 18, 2016, 7:20 PM
Dafna: Why So Different?
Why does this feel so different? Because she was a beautiful mother butchered in front of her children? Because she was a nurse, that would have treated her murderer had he come to her wounded, after slaughtering her neighbor or friend? Because...
Dec 29, 2015, 7:25 PM
Exposing. Israeli. Incitement?
Israeli. Incitement? John. Earnest? White House Press Secretary John Earnest is responsible for conveying and representing President Obama's position on just about everything. He does his job sincerely, and with conviction. Earnestly, I would say. On numerous occasions, John has said, earnestly, “We...
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. You can learn more about him at his Website.