The Gift

Imagine if your grandfather gave you something precious, a legacy from his father. Imagine as well, that before giving it to you, he asked each of your cousins if they wanted it. Almost immediately, each in turn informed your grandfather that they most certainly did not. When your grandfather turned …

Defining Pathetic

We all have within us the power to declare ourselves or our lives as “pathetic” or to overcome each challenge and to find the blessing in it. Perhaps the first step in avoiding the tag of “pathetic” is to recognize that whatever your situation, there is always (and I mean …

The Pluralism of Jews in Mourning

Like many Jewish communities around the world, in death, my community mobilizes to help someone in mourning. Several people volunteer for this and handle it year-round. Plus, the community quickly jumps in to provide food for the mourning family. I’ve written about much of this already so now I’d like …

And the Candle Went Out…

Last night, the candle I lit after my father’s funeral finally burned down. Grief is an unpredictable thing. Twice now, I’ve known that my responses are based more on grief than on logic. The first time was when discussing my father’s tombstone and what would be written there. Does it …

Shiva – How Jews Mourn

Last Thursday, my father passed away. He was buried on Sunday, and thus began the shiva, the 7 day mourning period. I sat with my mother and siblings for 2.5 days, feeling the call to come back to Maale Adumim, to a city and community that I love. Once I was …

The False Prophets of Judaism

Ultimately, the hardest battles are not those we fight against our enemies – they never have been. Without question, the hardest ones we fight are often against those who mean the most to you and more, have good intentions. But if wrongs are being committed to make something right, it’s time to review and question whether in your dedication and desperation, that turn you took down the road leads you afar from the truth.

The Rabbi Way or the Foolish Way

Sometimes a title comes to me and sometimes I come to the title. Let’s see now if they come together, where my brain will take me. First, I’ll write about the Rabbi way, then, the foolish way. Everyone knows what a Rabbi is but having lived in Israel so long, …

Fight or Flight – Time for Jews to Decide

There comes a moment when a person has to make a stand. Fight or flight. That simple. Do you fight to remain where you are, or do you surrender to the situation and leave? Have you ever faced a choice like that? On a personal level? National? Religious? Employment? For …

Ari Fuld in His Own Words

Many are speaking about Ari Fuld and his murder – here is a video that was posted allowing Ari to speak for himself. This is who he was. This is what he did, and more, this is why he did what he did. In the simplest of ways and the …