3 things you should never say (if you don’t hate Israel)

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)

Asking for forgiveness – what everyone can learn from Jewish tradition

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

Freedom fighters

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

Survivor

“Will I ever see you again?” As I turned around I saw that these words were not meant for me. They were directed at the stones of the Kotel, the Western Wall of the destroyed Jewish temple, in the heart of Jerusalem. Hanna Marx had tears in her eyes as she told me: “The last … More Survivor

In every generation…

Passover 2014 On the first night of Passover, Jews around the world hold a ceremonial dinner called a “Seder”.  This commemorates the Exodus from Egypt described in the bible. Every year, at the same time, for thousands of years, Jews have gathered their family and friends together to hold the Passover Seder.  It’s a big … More In every generation…