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 …

How Do You Get Past the Rage?

I have been asking some of my Facebook friends this questions today: How do you get past the rage? Rage…. Because today, four children from two families became orphans, when their mother/father were savagely murdered by yet another “freedom fighter.”  According to published reports, the murderer (I will not give …

Has the Two-State Solution Gone Bust?

According to a recent survey, “support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at the lowest point in two decades. Less than half the Israeli population supports the concept (49%), and amazingly enough, support for it is even lower among Palestinians (43%). One of the questions that was …

The Woman Hates the Very Air I Breathe

Today, I met a Jewish woman who had nothing good to say about Israel, about Jerusalem, about Israelis, even about the very air we breathe. Okay, I’ll admit, I shmooze with strangers all the time. It’s one of the things I love about Israel – pretty much, most of us …