An Interview with Rav Zev Shandalov

Following is an interview I held yesterday with Rav Zev Shandalov of Maale Adumim. I decided to interview him due to the fact that he has some things he wished to share with his “audience” and asked me, Zev Shandalov, to interview him. (We have known each other all of …

A Picture of What Will Never Be Mine

An isolated space such as this would seem ideal. Pristine. Deserted. Peaceful. Green and filled with growth. But as I painted it, my mind shifted to a second set of descriptive words. Private. Alone. Solitary. And in this post, I explain why all of that is the polar opposite of Israel.

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 …

About Aliyah

There are a million and one things to say about Aliyah, each with its seemingly-almost-equal corresponding contradictory points. Aliyah means Jews “ascending” and returning to their homeland, the Land of Israel, based on God’s promises uttered and documented in His Book to us again and again, via our Patriarchs and …

Guide to Israeli Banking

Smarter Israeli Banking by Rifka Lebowitz is a wonderful gift for any newcomer to Israel… and to anyone who is new to handling his/her banking and finances, whether young adults or the recently widowed or divorced.