Once again, this summer, hundreds of new Olim have arrived (and will beH arrive) on group flights, charter flights and individual flights. The excitement with each arrival is palpable and, as someone who experienced this thrill seven years ago, I can say it is a … Continue reading Responses to Reasons to Not Make Aliyah
I was able to go 57 1/2 years without needing to travel in a vehicle on Shabbat…until yesterday, that is. A few days ago, I found myself in the ER of Hadassa Ein Karem in Jerusalem with a torn retina. Since I had had a … Continue reading Leaving the Serenity of Shabbat for a Few Hours
As-salamu alaykum! While I am fairly certain that I do not have too many Facebook friends who are adherents of Islam, I am hoping that my words will reach you in some fashion, as I have wanted to say these things to you for quite … Continue reading An Open Letter to Adherents of Islam
In Sefer Zecharia, residents of Bet El send a delegation to the Kohanim to ask a question of God: Now that the process for re-building the Bet HaMikdash is underway, do we need to continue to fast on Tish’a Ba’Av. This exchange takes place at … Continue reading After 2,500 Years, Zecharia’s Words Still Need to be Heard!
As I sit down to write my first post on a new blog (which will still go through some various iterations in the near future), I consider a topic for this first post. And it occurred to me to write a blog post about–writing! I … Continue reading On Writing