My Jerusalem ritual

I have a Jerusalem ritual. Whenever we visit, before we leave, we go to visit the Kotel. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is. The Kotel is always there, waiting. The Kotel. A wall so important it needs no other name, besides: “The Wall.” Cutting through the heart of Jerusalem, she stands. Golden … More My Jerusalem ritual

My Jewish perspective on the “War on Christmas”

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”

The Hoshana Connection Between Jews and Christians

Yesterday was Hoshana Rabbah the seventh day of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. It is believed that God judges each person, beginning on Rosh Hashana, deciding what their fate will be for the year to come. The judgment for the new year is sealed on Yom Kippur, but it is not “delivered” until the end of Sukkot (i.e., Hoshana … More The Hoshana Connection Between Jews and Christians

It takes a wedding to make us say, let’s live another day

As an American child, when I first saw “Fiddler on the Roof” I thought it was a frivolous musical about things that happened to Jews once upon a time. As a grown up Israeli I know better. Reading the news about the wedding of Sarah Techiya Litman and Ariel Beigel this Thursday, two weeks after … More It takes a wedding to make us say, let’s live another day