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.

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 …

Danger in the Air for American Jewry?

It’s been so long since I’ve been to the States – over 20 years. I was never one of those fly-there-every-summer types – even before my mother and father (z”l) moved here almost 18 years ago. It’s been so long, I can’t tell you if the feeling Jews have in …

Of Jew Hatred and Revisionist History

I have a lot of patience in life and am very tolerant of others, but not of hatred. While I may completely disagree with someone, he or she has the right, in my opinion, to say what they want. However, there are obvious exceptions to that idea, including hate speech …

The Story of One Haggadah

This Guest Post was written by Dr. Afshine Emrani  on his Facebook feed about a Haggadah that has been a part of his life for the last half a century. In his own words, Dr. Emrani, shared the essence of Passover. Fifty-five years ago, my father worked with Russian engineers to perfect …