Terror doesn’t discriminate


Evil reached us today—Israelis, American Jewish citizens and an innocent Palestinian, all victims of terror attacks. It began when two Israelis were murdered, stabbed in an attack in southern Tel Aviv just outside a synagogue. The terrorist responsible was in Israel legally, working for a nearby restaurant. And shortly after this attack, another terrorist killed […]

Illuminating the darkness


Today we mark the first day of the Hebrew month of Kislev. A month in which we celebrate Hanukkah, the holiday that commemorates the victory of the Israelites over the Greeks in a series of battles taking place around the year 165 BC. Hanukah symbolizes our very basic right to celebrate Jewish identity under Jewish […]

My Heart is in the East


I am in New York, but my heart is in Israel. Work has called me to America, but the news turns me around so that I face east, worrying about my beloved homeland. When I awoke this morning, the news was grim. It was hard to absorb that since Rosh Hashanah eight Israelis had been […]

Shana Tova from Jerusalem


The days are getting shorter. Leaves are blowing in the wind and wandering birds fly high above, looking for serenity. The Days of Awe surround us; fill our hearts and souls with prayers, exaltation and hope. In just two days, we will sit at beautifully set holiday tables. Jews around the globe will dip apple […]

A Tale Of Two Cities


Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are not Charles Dickens’ London and Paris but in a similar way, these two cities capture in their characteristics Israel’s variety, diversity, heterogeneousness and color. And they are less than 40 miles apart. In Jerusalem we dig to discover our roots and past; in Tel Aviv we dig to welcome the […]

The language of art


We are in the midst of the period between the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tamuz and the Ninth of Av (July 5 –26 of this year) when the Jewish world mourns the destruction of the first and second Temples, both symbols of Jewish sovereignty that was lost for 2,000 years. Both Temples were […]

Pluralism, acceptance, love and hope


“As a Jew I am aware of how important the existence of Israel is for the survival of us all. And because I am proud of being Jewish, I am worried by the growing anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the world.” —Steven Spielberg Last Friday was a day filled with sorrow, festivity and nationalism, as three […]

The Beauty of Jerusalem


The Talmud teaches, “Ten measures of beauty descended on the world, nine were taken by Jerusalem, one by the rest of the world.” Years later, Mark Twain said, “There is no beauty like the beauty of Jerusalem.” Today, the 26th of Iyar marks the 48th anniversary of the Six-Day War when the third day of […]

Yom Hazikaron – Israel’s Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror


Today, Israel and the Jewish world observes Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s national Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism, and ceremonies nationwide honor the 23,320 servicemen and victims of terror who had fallen since 1860. This year that has elapsed since last Yom Hazikaron has been a very difficult one, beginning with the cruel […]

The ways we remember


“We are still here. And no matter what, we shall continue to be here to tell people so they can learn from our history.” Elie Wiesel At exactly 10 a.m. today the Jewish state paused for two minutes as a siren wailed across the country to mark Yom Hashoah-Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day. 2015 marks […]

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