Jerusalem Academy Welcomes Birthright Visitors

Birthright Israel is an amazing program that brings, according to their website, brings more than 48,000 young Jewish adults to Israel to share in an unforgettable and often life-changing 10 day trip. Then there is the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. which has over 1,600 young people walk through their doors …

Days of Anger and Days of Sorrow

If you live somewhere long enough, you’ll eventually learn the lay of the land. Belonging somewhere means sharing in the national moments as well as the personal ones. As individuals, and as a nation, we go through a wide range of experiences and emotions – love and hate, anger and …

Joy of Teaching

I recall my dear friend Rabbi Mordechai Ganzweig, may the memory of the righteous be a blessing. I was a young man when we had this conversation. He warned me about the problems associated with teaching, of being a teacher, the dangers, the economic hardships, the lack of recognition and …

Grabbing Too Much

We are born grabbing. We find it adorable when we put out our finger and the baby grabs our finger with his little fist. Soon the baby is grabbing everything and putting it into his mouth. This can be dangerous. Too much grabbing is dangerous. As we get older one …

My Day Just Got Bombed – How’s Yours?

Having a nice breakfast? Looking forward to all you have to do today? Or maybe it’s late at night where you are and you’re relaxing in bed? Did you know Israel just got bombed? Never mind. Relax. Unwind. You probably had a hard day and your mind is exploding with …

Confrontation Before the Fight

I am a born fighter. I will fight for my rights, I will fight for what is right. As my father and my grandfather before me I stand for what is right. But sometimes we are nervous. The moment before the fight is the worst. I have fought many full …

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 …