Whoever would have thought that manger scenes and mall Santas could become a topic of contention in America? That saying “Merry Christmas” is becoming taboo in some circles? Wow. I spent the first decade and a half of my life in America. Most of my neighbors were Christian, not Jewish. They put up Christmas lights … More My Jewish perspective on the “War on Christmas”
Do you have a story that makes your heart soar? A book or a movie that evokes a visceral reaction, no matter how many times you revisit it? Those are the stories that resonate on a very deep level, if you will, stories that speak to the soul. I have loved Tolkien’s Hobbit and The … More The stories that make your heart soar
Once upon a time, the people that built things with their own two hands were admired. The pioneers. Their sweat and the dirt beneath their fingernails was a badge of honor, a testament to their courage. The builders, people who created something from nothing, were upheld as an example. They who made the rocky hills green, … More “We built that”
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
The brilliant Chloé Simone Valdary asks the questions no one bothers to ask, the questions few realize are fundamental. It is easier to not think, to take for granted but Chloé is different and by example, she pushes others to do the same. Think. Question. Learn. Awareness and knowledge are the basic tools for creating … More Why I love Israel
There is a boiling rage in Israel. And no, I don’t mean Arab rage, so called ‘Palestinian’ Day(s) of Rage. There is a white hot current of rage roiling through the Nation of Israel – Jewish rage. Ignored by the world, unspoken by the Israeli people our rage screams: How dare you say I do … More Recognizing Rage
What is Christmas about? I’m Jewish, why should I care about Christmas? I care because the “spirit of Christmas” is something that can be universally understood and is desired by most people. Most, not all. Those of us who pay attention to reality punching us in the face realize that not all truly desire peace. … More Peace on earth and good will towards man.