“In the beginning, when God created the heaven and the earth… “ Every good story starts, in the beginning. The Torah starts, in the beginning: “Beresheet bara Elohim et hashamayim ve’et ha’aretz.” It tells us of the earth and the stars. The first book of the Torah is called Beresheet (Genesis) and so is the … More Beresheet: The Nation of Israel reaches for the stars
Ziv Shilon is the stuff the legends are made from. He is just a normal Israeli guy but in Israel, the extraordinary is common. Anywhere else he would be a legend. Ziv’s wife, Adi is a very special woman too. She is less outspoken, less public than Ziv but it is she who helps be … More Why it is worth fighting to live
“They asked if it moved me when VIP’s came to visit me. And I was moved but to me it was even more special when people I had never met before showed up.” Almost a month after the horrific attack that nearly stole Niv Nehemiah’s life, preparing to be released from the hospital, Niv wanted … More What gives you hope?
When I light Shabbat candles, I know that thousands of women are completing the exact same ritual, at the same time. As did our mothers and grandmothers before us. As millions of Jewish women have done for centuries, around the world. One little match, two candles, focus, and intention make me expand beyond myself. For … More My Shabbat Candles
Me in the middle of a sea of Indians. I had never seen so many Indians together in one place but that is because I haven’t been to India. Yet. Some 8000 Indians gathered in Tel Aviv’s exhibition grounds (according to the Indian Embassy in Israel). Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India invited the entire … More India and Israel: this is a love story
Israel doesn’t do things the way other nations do and our national anthem is no exception to that rule. What other nation on earth has had a national anthem at a time when they did not have a State they could call home? The original poem was called Tikvatenu (Our Hope), was revised over the … More Not your normal national anthem
When you Google “Christmas” the search results bring up lots of pictures of Christmas trees, holiday lights and presents. While all of those things are very nice I can’t help but think of what should be there and isn’t – Christ. I am Jewish. I don’t “believe in Jesus.” Judaism and living in Israel has … More A message from a Jew to Christians everywhere: Put Christ back in Christmas, for all our sakes!