A Letter to King Abdullah of Jordan

Your Excellency, As-Salaamu-Alaikum : I bring you greetings from Maale Adumim, Israel. (Yes, the very land that you occupied from 1948-1967, until Israel liberated it. The very same location, where I can look out my window and look at your capital, Amman, any time of day or night.) In any …

Upon Our 8th Aliyaversary

As I begin to write this post, I must say that it is truly hard to believe that this week, my family (along with a number of others here in Maale Adumim and beyond) will celebrate our EIGHTH year in Israel, since our Aliya. In the early days of Summer …

On Becoming a Grandfather

There are many significant milestones in a person’s life. They celebrate a bar/bat mitzva; a wedding; birth of children; their first political post on Facebook (ok, maybe that is not so significant!), among other stages. This past week, my wife and I reached a new milestone: We became grandparents! So, …

Blaming the Victim

When I was in college, there was a relatively new book we were required to read in a Criminal Justice class: “Blaming the Victim,” written by William Ryan (1971). In his book, the author coined the phrase, which became the title of his book (“blaming the victim”), which then became …

#fakejews

We have read so much about “fake news” over the past many months, that the title of this post came to me as I kept looking at the stream of news I was reading on Facebook. A little context. For quite a long period of time, there have been many …

Please Help to Thank the UN Sec’y General!

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, made an amazing statement the other day for which he deserves not only a lot of credit but our thanks as well. He stated:  “…completely clear that the Temple that the Romans destroyed in Jerusalem was a Jewish temple.” While the statement is not …