Almost Yom Kippur in Jerusalem

In the days before Yom Kippur in Jerusalem, thousands of Torah observant Israelis rush to finish the ritual of kapparot, where human sins are symbolically transferred to a fowl–generally a chicken. It’s a custom that does not appear anywhere in the Talmud, but whose origin seems to come courtesy of …

Why Jews Take a Knee

We are taught from a young age that Jews do not bow (Take a Knee)…it isn’t completely true, as any Jew can tell you. On nearly all days of the year, we do not bow down on the ground. There are only three days of the year where this is …

A Walk in the City of David

Recently I got to spend more time over one week in Jerusalem’s City of David than I’ve spent there in the past 3000 years. Living a mere 15 minutes from Jerusalem I try to be mindful of how incredible it is to have the privilege to be in the holy …

The Nouns and The Adjectives

We live in a world of descriptions. We describe everything around us, everything within us using words that are often arbitrary and misunderstood. It’s a challenge to understand what someone else means; to struggle to interpret their meaning, not the meaning you would place on their words. Who are you? …

Support Kurdistan’s Independence Now

On this crucial day, as the Kurdish people are voting for their Independence Referendum, I call upon the international community to support them in establishing an independent state.  The Kurdish people are uniquely different from the Iranian, Turkish and Arab peoples.  They have their own unique history, culture and way …

To Be A Jew

We live in a remarkable world, a world that can be filled with unlimited hope and also never ending despair. It can take you from the depths of misery to the peak of joy. At times it can be filled with darkness from which there is no escape, and at …

Peace and Pride

When I saw the news of the police / MPs and the Ultra-Orthodox trying to have a sit-in against the draft, I thought, “If those had been Arabs and not Jews, the whole world would have been screaming. There can’t be a reason to kick a man when he’s down.” …