The power of words Words are the place where my identity as a storyteller converges with my Jewish soul. I’m not a Judaic scholar but I know that there is intrinsic logic between all Jewish ideas and that is what I look for*. Words form ideas and ideas shape reality. The misuse of words, particularly … More What world are you creating with your words?
This is an open letter to Ward Simpson CEO of God TV in regard to the launching of “Shelanu” a Hebrew language missionary channel dedicated to converting Jews to Christianity. I wrote this in response to this specific TV station but my words are a relevant representation of my thoughts regarding all attempts to convert … More An open letter to Ward Simpson CEO of God TV
Naftali Bennett’s sincerity makes him dangerous. His success not only defeats those who oppose his values and ideals, it also unveils the hypocrisy of those who tout the same ideology but don’t actually implement it when they have the opportunity to do so. … More 3 reasons both the left and the right are terrified of Naftali Bennett
It’s cold outside. The rain beats on the windows and thunder rumbles in the distance. Night is approaching and the warm bed beckons with the promise of a cozy embrace. The closeness of comfort seems so utterly wrong, knowing that he is outside, alone, in the dark, setting off for a night of strenuous effort. … More Mother of Soldiers
Theoretically the answer is yes. An indictment, not to mention three, should be a clear sign that it is time to step aside and focus on clearing your name. Afterwards one can consider how to proceed. A healthy society should have no tolerance for even a hint of corruption. The problem is that in the … More Should Netanyahu resign?
Something both fascinating, enraging and terribly sad happened this past week. Like the honest storybook child who pointed out that the “Emperor has no clothes,” President Trump said two words no one wanted to hear, pointing out a situation many recognize but most are afraid to mention. Disloyal Jews. With a piercing, instinctive understanding, Trump … More Donald Trump, disloyal Jews and identity politics
When people think of visiting Israel, few consider going to Hebron. The city is depicted as contentious, dangerous and unpleasant. It is associated with “Occupation,” poverty and apartheid. Who would want to go there? Even most Israelis don’t consider Hebron a place they would want to visit, much less live. This reality ironic, considering the … More The Hebrews of Hebron
Love is something that is hard to explain in words but easy to recognize when you feel it. The media coverage of Bon Jovi in Israel underscores the paradox. While there were reports about the band defying BDS pressure to come and play in Israel and the subsequent successful, fun and charming performance, no report … More Bon Jovi in Israel: We will love you, always
This is not so much a review of the book “The Rage Less Traveled: A Memoir of Surviving a Machete Attack,” it’s more a summary of my experience reading it and why I believe this is a must read for everyone, including those not specifically interested in Israel. Choosing to read the book I didn’t … More The Rage Less Traveled: PTSD and rainbows
There are many misconceptions about the Temple Mount, the Kotel and the Al Aqsa mosque. Confusion and even much conflict can be dispelled when the facts are made clear! Here are 8 things you need to know about the holiest site on earth for the Jewish people: 1. What is the holiest site on earth … More 8 things you need to know about the Kotel and the Temple Mount