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Feb 17, 2019, 12:29 PM
Potholes and Fresh Tar
I am sick of potholes and fresh tar. The obstacle course around our house is not the fun kind. It's like living in Gary Indiana, Columbus, Trenton, and Buffalo, all rolled up into one; we now share the reddish...
Feb 15, 2019, 1:12 PM
Jerusalem through a Christian lens
This is a reflection on Israel from a different angle, not normally discussed in the Jewish community and that’s Christians in the Holyland and the Palestinian territories. And why do I care? Well, for all sorts of reasons, starting...
Feb 15, 2019, 9:37 AM
Secrets of the Final Redemption
Introduction: Creating Messianic Reality Our generation is almost unanimously considered the generation of the redemption. The tumultuous events of the recent past are largely recognized as the footsteps of the Mashiach, heralding that the true and complete redemption is literally...
Feb 15, 2019, 12:36 AM
Love Is Beautiful, But…
Can someone please tell me why Valentine’s Day is such a big deal here in Israel? Why the day is even celebrated at all? My first year here, when I saw the hearts dangling around the mall, the red balloons...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Feb 8, 2019, 2:36 PM
The link between Mount Sinai and the Temple Mount
The Talmud, Taanit 16a asks: What is the meaning of Har HaMoriah (Mount Moriah)? Rabbi Levi bar Chama said that it was the mountain from which Torah instruction (horaa) went out and Rabbi Chanina said that it was the...
Feb 7, 2019, 2:00 AM
The Newest Immigrants From Ethiopia: Like Dreamers
They were adorned with white scarves and newly purchased suits in honor of the festive occasion. Some waited 15 years or more for this day, to finally touch the earth of the promised land. And on the other side of...
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Feb 6, 2019, 6:06 PM
Don’t confuse having trust and making an effort
My father grew up poor, in one of the poorest Jewish quarters of the Netherlands, the Folkingestraat in the northern city of Groningen. The houses were tiny and so many doors were covering the brick stone facades. The pavement...
Reuven Chaim Klein
Feb 4, 2019, 10:06 PM
Terumah: Sacred Spaces
There are two words which refer to the accumulation of holiness on a spatial level: Mishkan and Mikdash. Although the Talmud (Eruvin 2a) admits that these two words can sometimes be used almost interchangeably, they are not truly synonymous. They actually refer to...
Jan 30, 2019, 4:08 PM
What Moshe Lion doesn’t get about olim
The news yesterday that Jerusalem's new mayor Moshe Lion is cutting the city budget for Olim (immigrants) should come as no great surprise. After his team promised to increase the budget from a "mini-budget of 12 million NIS that does...
Jan 27, 2019, 10:31 AM
The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 28
I harbor doubts. Am I not sufficiently devastated by my father's death? How can I bring myself to write about this creatively, as I do, playing with language and imagery? Why do most other people grieve privately, rather than making...