A World Devoid of … of Everything

There are moments when a word can truly describe the world. Today is one of them. Hours ago, I heard that the United Nations had, yet again, voted to condemn Israel. As I listened to the vote tallies, a single word came to mind, “devoid”. That’s it. The world is …

The Nightmare That Ripped Out Our Hearts

Four years ago, every parents greatest nightmare became a reality for three families. Now, four years later, we know that Eyal, Gilad and Naftali saved countless lives and protected the entire nation. In the heavens above us, they have become our advocates. Three special boys, now our angels.

Saying Kaddish for Those Who Recited Kaddish

On May 16th, a group of approximately 50 British “with a variety of political beliefs – gathered in Parliament Square to mourn the deaths of the Palestinians killed by the Israeli army.” (See I’m proud to have led Kaddish by the leader.) Currently, Leah Jordan serves as the Progressive Chaplain for Students …

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 …