Upon the Death of My Father

The feelings one has upon the death of a father is not something that can be encapsulated in a single blog post. My dad, Rabbi Benjamin Shandalov (A”h), passed away on early Shabbat morning, November 23, 2019 (25 MarCheshvan 5780) in a quiet hospice room in Chicago. The purpose of …

Bring them Home – Aliya NOW!

… despite yeshiva or Hebrew school educations, 20th and 21st century Jews chose to remain in communities outside Israel. Though they studied Torah and celebrated the end of Pesakh seder with the call to return to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital, they hadn’t lived up to the words that they mouthed.

Kristallnacht Birthday

Yearly, as my birthday approaches, so does the weight of the day. It isn’t an easy birthday to have and sometimes it’s overwhelming to be told that you are your parents’ “answer to Hitler.”  For us, each day, each hour, each breath, each story, shouts our triumph.

War on Religion in Maale Adumim

Wars are waged for many reasons. Sometimes for power and money. Often hatred or religion are at the core. And sometimes, as is often the case in the Middle East, it could be hatred OF religion. Ultimately, war is a harsh word and should be used with caution. Not every …

The Last Soldier Returns Home

Months ago, the youngest soldier in our family told me he was going to go abroad for the summer. He would work in a camp do some traveling and then come home before the New Year (Rosh Hashana). Regularly, we spoke on the phone but all I really wanted to …

Benny Kashriel Demands an Apology from the Children

UPDATE ON DAY 24: I have heard that the Mayor of Maale Adumim wants an apology from the children, the parents and those who are demanding that he fulfill the requirements of the Ministry of Education to provide a legally recognized school to over 100 children who remain, more than …

The Moral Duty Of All Jews

Let me be clear about something If you hear me talking about the occupation, I’m talking about the occupation of Jewish land by Arab invaders. I’m talking about the occupation of Jewish holy sites by people so infused in antisemitism they deny the very existence of anything Jewish. I’m talking …

I Am Israel and Israel Is Me

Do you know why I always write or speak in support of Israel and Jews? It’s not simply because Israel is a perfect country – it isn’t. It’s not because I agree with every decision they make – I don’t. It’s not because every Jew is wonderful – we’re not. …

An Interview with Rav Zev Shandalov

Following is an interview I held yesterday with Rav Zev Shandalov of Maale Adumim. I decided to interview him due to the fact that he has some things he wished to share with his “audience” and asked me, Zev Shandalov, to interview him. (We have known each other all of …