Ha’azinu 5774 Teshuva (Repentance) From Love

September 21, 2014
Ha’azinu 5774  Teshuva (Repentance) From Love

Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for you have fallen because of your sin. …Hosea 14:2 This week is “Shabbat Shuvah,” the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  The time when we are supposed to step our efforts to perform teshuvah.  Teshuvah literally would mean to return, as in turn to...
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Nitzavim 5774 — Choose Life!

September 19, 2014
Nitzavim 5774 — Choose Life!

I call on heaven and earth as witnesses today that I have offered you life or death, blessings or curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants will live. …Deuteronomy 30:19 There are some verses in the Torah that always jump out at me — and this is one of them. A few...
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A Visit to Hebron

September 12, 2014
A Visit to Hebron

If a picture is worth a thousand words, seeing something first-hand is worth a thousand pictures. Any Israeli who reads the newspapers has at least a rough idea of what’s going on in Hebron: A small community of approximately 700 Jews is living in the heart of a Palestinian city of 250,000. Yet somehow...
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Tisha b’Av 5774 — Why I’m Fasting Today

August 6, 2014
Tisha b’Av 5774 — Why I’m Fasting Today

Today is Tisha b’Av, the 9th day of the Jewish month of Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. The Mishnah says five disasters occurred on this date:         The twelve spies came back with their report on the land Israel, and ten of them had a negative report that...
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Hamas is a terrorist organization; the IDF is not

July 22, 2014
Hamas is a terrorist organization; the IDF is not

Any regular reader of this blog knows that I am an ardent critic of the Israeli government.  The continued building of new settlements only serves to weaken the chances for a two-state solution.  The ongoing occupation of the West Bank is immoral.  There is no way to justify leaving millions of Palestinians living under...
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Israel Trail Day 45: Zofar to Paran

July 17, 2014
Israel Trail Day 45: Zofar to Paran

July 13, 2014 Wikiloc Map: Zofar to Paran Distance: 33.1km (20.5 miles) Total distance since Tel Dan: 951km (589 miles) Despite — or maybe because of — the situation in Israel, with rockets and missiles flying back and forth between Israel and Gaza — a break off in the wilderness sounded like a good...
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