My diaspora Hanukah vs my Israeli Hanukah

My American Hanukah’s were tainted by Christmas. Without even realizing it, the way my family celebrated Hanukah was a reflection, not of our Jewish holiday or it’s true meaning but rather of the holiday that our Christian friends and neighbors were celebrating. The homes of our Christian friends were covered in Christmas decorations. Our home … More My diaspora Hanukah vs my Israeli Hanukah

A small Hanukah tradition, a lot of Jewish defiance.

Hanukah is not a holiday of the Jewish religion, it is a holiday of the Jewish people. Although not really considered a religious holiday, it is a holiday of miracles. We’re complicated that way. The Hanukah miracle most people focus on is that of the oil that lasted eight days when it should only have … More A small Hanukah tradition, a lot of Jewish defiance.

I laugh at their rage

Incredulously, the France 24 commentator asked their Israel correspondent: “Don’t the Israelis care that the whole world is against the Jerusalem declaration?!” His wide-eyed expression and astonished tone were so ridiculous, I burst out laughing. On December 6th, 2017, US President Donald J. Trump declared that the United States officially recognizes the fact that Jerusalem … More I laugh at their rage

Listening to a living legend – Israeli singer Yehoram Gaon

His voice is now a shadow of the spine-tingling hair raising, rich sound his throat once produced. The small man with the huge smile that was standing on stage, in front of me, is a living legend. That is why the audience came. Most were already aware that he can no longer sing like he … More Listening to a living legend – Israeli singer Yehoram Gaon