Tisha B’Av

Tisha B’Av

This is perhaps the first time in my life that I have truly grasped the aura of Tisha B'Av. Despite years of going to shul (synagogue), years of learning about it and grasping the technicalities of the fast, it never resonated with me on a personal and spiritual level – until this year. Tisha B'Av … Read More

Redemption

Redemption

While we watched with bated breath, Israel’s leadership decided to capitulate over the Temple Mount’s security, relinquishing a golden opportunity to reassert authority and take control of a situation that has quickly spiraled out of control. For the first time in too long, Jews had been able to openly pray at the Temple Mount (Har … Read More

Memories

Memories

By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept     when we remembered Zion. (Psalm 137:1) Despite what I’ve written on this blog so far, my experiences in Israel were not limited to terrorism. There is so much more to Israel than its worst times, though naturally we must contend with those as well. What I found … Read More

Israel

Israel

I found a draft of a blog post I was beginning to write a couple of years ago, a few months after moving to Israel officially: “Since coming to Israel, I’ve received some mixed criticism and confusion from my non-Jewish friends who don’t quite understand why I would come to such a dangerous and so … Read More