Archive for July 31, 2014

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How Can We Win the Final Battle?

BH Read this if you want to learn the inner truth of what’s really going on in the Middle East. Sorry, but everything on Facebook is urgent these days. It seems that every 15 seconds, something new is posted that explains what’s really going on. And I’m fairly sure there are a lot of posts I don’t see, ones that tell a very different story of what’s really going on. What I see is that there’s a war alright, but...

What Can We Learn from Anti-Semites?

B”H The FAA has just lifted its restriction on flights to Tel Aviv; it felt like a full-scale war was starting on Tuesday when it cancelled all flights from the US. I must admit that I worried a couple of times about our son Sholom in Tsfat.  My mother keeps telling me she can’t wait for him and my nephew Noah to come home safely; I keep reminding her that she has to pray for G-d to take care of all...

I Like When I Like You

BH I always disliked these next few weeks, three to be exact, mostly because of what they brought out in me. The “Three Weeks,” which began on Tuesday with a fast on the 17th of Tammuz and end with the fast of Tisha B’Av exactly three weeks later, mark a mourning period that commemorates the destruction of the Temple, the Beis Hamikdash, in Jerusalem. There are all sorts of laws to observe around this time–no weddings, no haircuts, no music,...

Which Biblical Character Are You?

BH I haven’t taken any of the quizzes that I’ve seen on Facebook–you know, where “friends” ask you to find out which country or which color you are–but I have an idea for a new one. I’d like to create a quiz where you learn about our holy ancestors from the Chumash (otherwise known as the Five Books of Moses), and find out which one you are. I think I might be Pinchas, the zealot, from this week’s Torah portion of...

Enough of the #$@&*%@! (Curses!)

B”H I cannot tell a lie. When my daughter Mushkie told me that they found the bodies of the three Israeli boys, I cursed the terrorists. Loudly and clearly, from the bottom of my Jewish heart. I have full faith that G-d will take care of the killers as He sees fit, but cursing them was the least I could do to affirm to Him how much I hate evil, the most pernicious manifestation of which is anti-Semitism. I can...