Hidden Costs

In life we rarely see the hidden costs of the work of others, only our own. Years ago I was a youth counselor for seriously disturbed children from broken homes and dangerous neighborhoods. One of my tasks was called “Travel Training”, I was to take these young people and teach …

Who loves the land of Israel most?

Do you love your country, your land? There is a parable told about King Solomon, who is remembered as an exceptionally wise man. Two women came to him, both claiming to be the mother of the infant they brought with them. The king listened to each woman and then instructed …

Offering Some Perspective: Morality, Facts and a Bit of History

The hypocrisy we are witnessing today from the press, the global community, and worst of all, from in-house, is confusing and infuriating. My conclusion when nothing adds up? Someone else is running the show and pulling the strings, because with the flawed logic and lack of a moral compass that humanity is displaying today, it sure is not us running the show.

Jerusalem Day Unites All Israelis Eternally

Jerusalem Day each year reminds us of a war that took place 51 years ago. It was a war, like most of our wars, that began with the aggression of our enemies. They massed on our borders and shouted for our death…then as they do today. It was 1967 and …

Netta Barzalai and the Israeli Psyche

Netta Barzalai is an unlikely hero of Israel. Most of our heroes are male, though we do have a fair share of female role models. Most of our heroes are older than this young singer’s 25 years in our world. Also, a fair share are heroes as a result of …

Is Israel on the brink of war again?

Last night, Iran committed an act of war. It fired 20 missiles at Israel (towards the Golan Heights). This act of war was not committed in the name of self-defense. It was not firing at rockets that were aimed towards their people. Rather, it was fired at people (Israelis) whom …

Does insanity reign or does sanity rain?

Weather in Israel is generally one of the most boring topics imaginable. For months and months of every year, our weather doesn’t change. Hot and dry today…and hot and dry tomorrow. From March to November, it rarely rains. The “absolute” cut off in the Spring is usually the holiday of …

Israel In the Eye of the Storm

The last time Persia/Iran set a deadline for when it planned to kill the Jews, the leader of the plot was left hanging from a tree. As I sat on the beach watching the planes, surrounded by hundreds of people, I knew that Israelis were anything but afraid.