SHAVUOT 2022. THE TEMPLE MOUNT CALLED TO ME. I don’t often go to Jerusalem. It’s a long drive, 3 hours in each direction (depending on the time of day). It isn’t easy to get there in time for the very limited hours Jews are permitted to ascend the Temple Mount. It wasn’t convenient or practical … More Hiding my Jewish identity on the Temple Mount
As a Jewish child, growing up in America, I was so privileged, I didn’t even realize I was privileged. We lived in the inner city of Detroit, and we weren’t rich but I was privileged. I knew that as a child, my mother got beaten up by Christian kids because “Jews killed Jesus” but that … More Jewish American Privilege
The saying goes: “The dead tell no tales” but that’s not exactly true. The dead speak to us from beyond the grave but they do so in silent symbols that we, those who are full of life and sometimes full of arrogance, can choose to ignore. Haifa’s cemetery is full. It’s in a beautiful location, … More The dead tell no tales… or do they?
“Go forth from your country, from the land of your birth and from the home of your father to the land that I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1) Land. God’s first commandment to Avram (who would later become Avraham the father of the Jewish people) was about land. In the bible, description and order is … More To the land that I will show you…
I have lost count of the number of times I’ve found myself sitting in front of the news with tears rolling down my face. Israeli reality is that of sharp contrasts and strong emotions. There is no apathy here. Tears of heart-rending grief, tears of helplessness against horror and sometimes tears of pride and joy. … More Against all odds