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This Year in Jerusalem

For centuries we have written our own personal versions of the Pesach Haggadah. We reflect different world views; different religious perspectives, all the while focusing on the retelling of our great liberation from slavery to the freedom of our own sovereignty in the distance. As American Jews we often struggle with the ideas of Zionism […]

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Be Happy It’s Adar

“There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the peoples….Their laws are different from those of every other people’s, and they do not observe the king’s laws; therefore it is not befitting the king to tolerate them.”       — Haman to the Persian King Achashveros. “With the help of God and the people’s […]

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Life is Fragile

Chanukah in Israel for years to come may never be the same. Life is fragile. It is a reality we often ignore until we are faced with tragedy. Israel, indeed our whole people, is in the midst of the Carmel Fire tragedy. In the past two days more than 40 souls have been lost. 25,000 […]

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Tishah B’Av and Our Israel

I will hear Parshat D’varim on Shabbat and Lamentations on Tuesday in Jerusalem. I am here to participate in the effort to stop the Rotem Conversion Bill from passing in the Knesset. How ironic it is that the bill was voted out of committee on the first of Av and will be brought for first reading just […]

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