There are many misconceptions about the Temple Mount, the Kotel and the Al Aqsa mosque. Confusion and even much conflict can be dispelled when the facts are made clear! Here are 8 things you need to know about the holiest site on earth for the Jewish people: 1. What is the holiest site on earth … More 8 things you need to know about the Kotel and the Temple Mount
What will the morning bring? A day like any other – kids going to school, grown-ups going to work, home, food, showers, sleep – or, perhaps there will be a war? In larger countries, in calmer places in the world, it is unnecessary to consider these possibilities. Things don’t change that fast. The threats aren’t … More A new IDF Chief of Staff – with love, awe and determination
There is something different about the Jewish experience that deeply impacts who we are as individuals and as a Nation but it is very hard to explain to people who do not share the same feeling. Some things need to be felt to be truly understood. This is my attempt to explain… The day after … More How can I explain the inner workings of my Jewish soul?
Receiving the Torah is one of the most important things that happened in the history of the world, not just for the Nation of Israel but for all Nations who accepted the 10 Commandments as the definitive guideline for a moral and decent society – and a stark contrast to other societies who did not … More Why are so many Jews ignoring the holiday of Shavuot?
We are a tiny tribe. Threatened from all corners of the earth, from near and from far. We are Jews. So few. So threatened. So brilliant and yet so very stupid. Our enemies laugh while, instead of uniting against them, we fight amongst ourselves. I follow the religion more correctly than you! I am more … More A call to Jews around the world (and friends of Jews): the time for unity is now
On Jerusalem Day we celebrate the liberation of East Jerusalem from Jordanian occupation and the reunification of the holy city. It has been 50 years since the Nation of Israel heard those most glorious words: “The Temple Mount is in our hands!” People who had literally seen their families go up in the smoke of … More “The Temple Mount is in our hands!”
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
Words matter. Words are used to explain reality but they can also be used to shape reality, to create it. Sometimes exchanging a single word for another can change the picture entirely. Personally I don’t believe there is any neutrality on the issue of Israel. There are people who are uninvolved and not particularly aware … More 3 things you should never say (if you don’t hate Israel)
How many of the people you know find it difficult to apologize, to ask for forgiveness? How many people find it difficult to admit, even to themselves, that they have done something wrong? Jewish tradition puts forgiveness and asking for forgiveness very high on the scale of importance. Selichot prayers are a ritual of admitting … More Asking for forgiveness – what everyone can learn from Jewish tradition
When words are twisted meaning becomes warped. The straightforward and obvious suddenly takes on a new meaning, transforming in to something far from the original intent. Changing words and definitions changes reality. Once the term “freedom fighters” meant people who fight for freedom. Now, somehow this term has become synonymous with terrorists i.e. people using … More Freedom fighters