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Jul 9, 2018, 4:47 PM
Creating Ahavat Chinam
As we approach Tisha B’Av, the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, I and many Jews around the world are reflecting on what it means to have lost the Beit Hamikdash, the center of Jewish life and ritual. It is...
May 25, 2018, 4:12 PM
Accepting the reality of Jerusalem — and the reality of the threat of Iran
Garabedian: Your new editor, he’s a Jew, right? Mike: That’s right, yeah. Garabedian: Well, see...He comes in and suddenly everybody is interested in the Church. You know why? Mike: No. Garabedian: Because it takes the outsider. Like me, I’m Armenian. How many Armenians...
May 22, 2018, 2:54 PM
I volunteered for the IDF, part 2
In my prior blog post I talked about the volunteer program before I had experienced it. Now you get the real information about the experience. Wow! What a week it was, started off with Netta Barzilai winning the Eurovision Contest,...
May 19, 2018, 12:53 AM
My good friend and teacher, the brilliant and irascible and entirely irreplaceable Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, used to say that there were two entirely irreconcilable narratives. One belonged to the Jewish people and Israel, and the other to the Palestinians. He...
May 19, 2018, 12:40 AM
Israel vs Europe – Jerusalem and the Eurovision tragedy
"I don't understand why they didn't congratulate us for our win yesterday", I told my friend, Inbar, last Sunday after we left Home Depot. This week was a very special week for a lot of Israelis worldwide. The talented Neta Barzilai...
May 17, 2018, 10:47 PM
The hunger for something positive.
Few days after winning Eurovision by Netta Barzilai, after the Day of Jerusalem and opening of The American Embassy in Jerusalem and the black Monday in Gaza… all in one week, I am being asked many questions about why...
May 17, 2018, 8:26 PM
Is there a blessing for a new embassy?
I thank God for allowing Israel to stand 'erect with stature' we received through the nations of the world
May 16, 2018, 6:18 AM
Empty promises – how the Africa-Israel alliance was severed
May 14th, 2018 has become a day of great joy or pain depending on who you are. I won’t talk about recent events, as some much more eloquent than I am have spoken to the recent riots in Gaza...
May 16, 2018, 6:11 AM
Never homeless again
This week saw the historic, miraculous opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. America's symbolic home away from home with their friend and ally Israel is now in its undivided capital. President Trump is a builder of majestic building and...
May 16, 2018, 6:06 AM
A wedding anniversary gift
Jared Kushner went off-script while addressing the dedication ceremony of The US Embassy in Jerusalem. He referred to Jerusalem as the "eternal heart," not capital, of the Jewish people. This must have been the Psalmist's description speaking from his heart. "The city which has...