Today, Israel Pulled A Hillel!

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Ariel Gold believes in boycotting Israel and today, Israel answered her back. Straight from Hillel – a voice from 2,000 years ago warning Israel that we must take care of ourselves, even as we take care of others.

The Very Best Of Us And The Very Worst

I take no joy in writing what I’m about to write. I take no pleasure in saying what I’m about to say. I take no satisfaction, no pride and no honour either, and yet I feel I have to say it anyway. Because today I read a story that will disgust you …

Israeli Defense Know How

They come from all over the world; police experts, military leaders, high tech experts and weapons experts. They come to learn. You have a problem with tunnels being dug into your country and drugs and humans being sold? We have a solution. Rockets, chemical warfare? We have a solution. You …

Reminder of the Path from Slavery to Freedom

We need reminders. In Judaism we have many ceremonies, but they are not empty rituals, they are reminders. Constantly, we are reminded to remember the period of slavery and the exodus from Egypt. And constantly, we are  reminded why we were freed and what kind of lives should we live.  …

If You Want to Talk History…OMG, Bring it On!

In the third article in this Continuing the Dialog – Take 2 Series, we delve once again into history. Specifically, I am responding to my “hate-mailer” doubling down on his claim that the number of Jews living under colonial occupation in the Holy Land under either Ottoman or British rule somehow means …

Woman to Woman – A Call for Peace

Woman to woman. Here’s a different kind of video. This woman is a mother, a daughter, a wife. She’s a daughter-in-law, an Israeli, a Jew. I’ve often wondered if we appealed to Palestinian women – mother to mother, daughter to daughter, etc. if that would somehow help the situation. There …

What Can you Learn from a Tree?

The Torah and our tradition is compared to a tree of life, we are taught. A tree of life to those who hold tightly to our way of life, our laws, our religion. But more, in holding to our religion and our tradition, this tree of life ties us to …