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Jan 1, 2019, 11:30 PM
Ignorance and Apathy
Many years ago at my daughter’s six year old birthday party, her little friend calmly asked, “What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy?” We were all surprised to hear such vocabulary from this young girl. She then blurted out,...
Oct 21, 2018, 8:11 AM
Has Yad Vashem failed? The Search for Reinhold Chrystman… And ‘Choice’
My mother rarely spoke about the Glass Factory in Piotrków Trybunalski. She worked there with her family as slave labor. They were grateful to have the work permits. Without the cherished work permits, they were useless lives to the...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Oct 2, 2018, 4:14 PM
Israel: our substitute for the Garden of Eden
After Adam and Chava sinned by eating the fruit, their eyes were opened, they realized that they were naked and they made clothing out of fig leaves. They heard the voice of God and they hid among the trees...
Sep 14, 2018, 2:50 AM
The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 6
This morning, in the sleepy predawn, I walked to the synagogue carrying two blueberry pies in a plastic bag... instead of the bag containing my tallit (prayer shawl) and tefilin (phylacteries). Damn. Damn. Damn. * * * Most of the time, my father's sense of...
Jul 30, 2018, 6:55 AM
Shabbat Nachamu: That’s The Power of Love
Before Tisha B'Av, I had an argument with a good friend from the synagogue. It was a silly argument over the recent departure of the rabbi at the conclusion of his contract, and unfortunately, the shul became divided over this issue....
Jul 25, 2018, 9:24 PM
Have the lights gone out? Post Tisha B’Av thoughts
I don't think the lights have gone out, but they are dimmed and flickering. I led a Tisha B'Av pilgrimage on Sunday to 4 villages in the Occupied Territories and the Negev that have been demolished, or are in...
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Jul 24, 2018, 12:30 PM
Temple Mount Wall drops boulder hurting no one because?
A bolder hurtling down inches away from one person praying in a for the rest empty Reform Temple Mount Wall prayer area raises a lot of questions. Was this "just" a natural occurrence? Things happen. Skeptics (afraid to have to...
Jul 24, 2018, 11:32 AM
The Greatest Pivot
Two days ago, Jews in Israel and around the world marked Tisha B’Av (9th of Av), which is believed to be the date when both the first and second temples were destroyed by external conquers, sending the Jews from...
Jul 24, 2018, 10:34 AM
The Cracks That Divide Us: A Poem on Fallen Rock
The day after Tisha B'Av an ancient stone broke free from the Kotel and crashed down on the platform below, missing a solitary worshiper by a few meters. The dust had not settled before the speculations arose. Was it dislodged in Divine protest of the breakdown of...
Jul 23, 2018, 10:40 PM
And the Wall came crashing down
I didn't feel it anymore. I couldn't feel it anymore. I had to go to the place where some claim it to be tangible just to see if I belonged. We walked along the walls, through the colors and smells...