Reminder of the Path from Slavery to Freedom

We need reminders. In Judaism we have many ceremonies, but they are not empty rituals, they are reminders. Constantly, we are reminded to remember the period of slavery and the exodus from Egypt. And constantly, we are  reminded why we were freed and what kind of lives should we live.  …

If You Want to Talk History…OMG, Bring it On!

In the third article in this Continuing the Dialog – Take 2 Series, we delve once again into history. Specifically, I am responding to my “hate-mailer” doubling down on his claim that the number of Jews living under colonial occupation in the Holy Land under either Ottoman or British rule somehow means …

Woman to Woman – A Call for Peace

Woman to woman. Here’s a different kind of video. This woman is a mother, a daughter, a wife. She’s a daughter-in-law, an Israeli, a Jew. I’ve often wondered if we appealed to Palestinian women – mother to mother, daughter to daughter, etc. if that would somehow help the situation. There …

What Can you Learn from a Tree?

The Torah and our tradition is compared to a tree of life, we are taught. A tree of life to those who hold tightly to our way of life, our laws, our religion. But more, in holding to our religion and our tradition, this tree of life ties us to …

A Quick Note to the Syrian Government and Rebels

This morning, a Syrian warplane approached the Israeli border. Obviously under surveillance the entire time, as it approached, Israel fired a Patriot missile from a base located “in northern Israel.” The missile did not hit the aircraft. Instead; the Syrian plane turned and retreated from the border. To say that …

Language and Krav Maga

If we look at all the possible violent and dangerous situations we might face, it is like looking at the text book of hundreds of pages, still unwrapped the night before the test; there is no possible way we can cover it all.

What You Are Proud of…Says Volumes

For much of my life in Israel, I have had the same feeling. I watch what they are proud of and what we are proud of. Long ago, I wrote that I’d rather be crying and live in land like mine than be celebrating and living there. Two cultures are …