Ode to Jerusalem

Ode to Jerusalem

This pulsing city, with its stone ramparts and golden sunrise, seems to emanate its own unique energy. The soul of Jerusalem, that city of fire, breathes new life into us and revitalizes the spirit. The aura here is one of mounting tension, of the best and worst varieties. This is the center of the universe, … Read More

Light and Dark

Light and Dark

In our most trying times, we must always strive to see the light. Rabbi Nachman wrote: Inevitably you must encounter all kinds of difficulties and setbacks. You will fall down many times before you can enter the gates of holiness. Even the greatest Tzaddikim have gone through all this. There are cases when a person … 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