Agriculture in Israel – a Wondrous Thing to See

Tu b’Shevat is a holiday that really only makes sense in Israel. It’s considered the “new year’s day” of the trees. We have one, why shouldn’t they. And so, in honor of this wonderful yearly event, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released this amazing video of some of the agriculture technologies …

It Began With a Picture

It’s a picture of a young Parisian girl who is roughly 12 or 13 years old.  She is standing by a chair in a schoolyard, wearing a nice dress. She has a lovely smile, light olive complexion and has thick just below the shoulder length brown, curly hair.  On the back …

The False Prophets of Judaism

Ultimately, the hardest battles are not those we fight against our enemies – they never have been. Without question, the hardest ones we fight are often against those who mean the most to you and more, have good intentions. But if wrongs are being committed to make something right, it’s time to review and question whether in your dedication and desperation, that turn you took down the road leads you afar from the truth.

The Rabbi Way or the Foolish Way

Sometimes a title comes to me and sometimes I come to the title. Let’s see now if they come together, where my brain will take me. First, I’ll write about the Rabbi way, then, the foolish way. Everyone knows what a Rabbi is but having lived in Israel so long, …

Fight or Flight – Time for Jews to Decide

There comes a moment when a person has to make a stand. Fight or flight. That simple. Do you fight to remain where you are, or do you surrender to the situation and leave? Have you ever faced a choice like that? On a personal level? National? Religious? Employment? For …

#LetDavidMakeAliyah

December 11, 2018 was an emotionally laden day for a recently married couple, especially the husband. After a five-year conversion process, David Bonett converted to Judaism. Orthodox Rabbi Etan Mintz in Baltimore, Maryland supervised the completely kosher effort. However, a glitch in the man’s efforts to become an Israeli citizen has haunted …

When a Community CELEBRATES a Pedophile / Rapist

Imagine being invited to a party thrown by a community to celebrate a pedophile and child rapist. No need to imagine that scenario. Thanks to the good people at Jewish Community Watch and, specifically, thanks to Shana Aaronson (from JCW), we have the pictures to prove it. Before going off …

Regarding the Airbnb Decree

The internet is ablaze with views, both pro and con, about the decision (decree) yesterday by Airbnb. According to various websites, Airbnb’s business is characterized as “… an online marketplace which lets people rent out their properties or spare rooms to guests. Airbnb takes 3% commission of every booking from hosts, …

The Sounds of Silence

Over the past few weeks, I have had numerous people ask me about my silence in the blogosphere. While I have posted much (too much?) via Facebook and Twitter (if you are not following me you can check out @ravzev1 on twitter), as far as writing a blog, well, it …