The Test of True Friendship

A true friend is one who likes and accepts us as we are. So too are true friends of Israel – Jewish Israel that is: Am Yisrael for Eretz Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael for Am Yisrael. When someone is said to “work hard for Israel” that phrase is really meaningless …

Why I agreed to speak at the Jordan Option Conference

A few months ago, Palestinian Jordanian dissident Mudar Zahran invited me to speak at the Jordan Option Conference in Jerusalem.  He asked me to take part in this conference at a time when King Abdullah of Jordan was increasingly inciting violence against Israel, thus greatly contributing towards tension in the …

Almost Yom Kippur in Jerusalem

In the days before Yom Kippur in Jerusalem, thousands of Torah observant Israelis rush to finish the ritual of kapparot, where human sins are symbolically transferred to a fowl–generally a chicken. It’s a custom that does not appear anywhere in the Talmud, but whose origin seems to come courtesy of …