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The Menorah is one of the most ubiquitous symbols of Judaism. Therefore, nearly every synagogue in the world contains some form or representation of this sacred object. It seems that the Menorah of … more
With its dominating victory over three powerful Arab states in the Six Day War, Israel changed the world. It moved the Arabs from pan-Arab nationalism to every country for itself and established that … more
With all the reunification celebrations taking place, I figured that one more Jerusalem column can’t hurt. Here’s a little vignette to illustrate my Jerusalem Syndrome. Besides my … more
This is a story about the shared fate of two quite different Jews. They were separated from each other by continents and oceans. His native tongue was Spanish and hers was French. He lived in … more
Before he arrived in Tel Aviv on Monday, many Israel supporters were angry at President Trump because of the disagreement with the advance team about the status of the Kotel being a part of Israel … more
“Kakis, tank officer’s course, is one of the most difficult in the Israeli army. Four and a half grueling months of misery deep in the desert, with little or no sleep, just an endless … more
I missed being born in Jerusalem by one year. We moved there when I was a year old. My birthplace is Boston. But I always felt I was “of Jerusalem” or, as one would be known in Israel, a … more
This past Sunday was a beautiful spring day from Jerry’s perspective. It was sunny and cool and precipitated Jerry’s reflecting back on how he spent spring days when he was very young and … more
It comes as no surprise to me that more European countries are trying to make life difficult for Jews in various ways. But how should we react? Is it worth fighting prejudice? Should this be an issue … more
This week’s haftarah portion contains two of the most celebrated pasukim of Sefer Hosea: “And I will betroth (v’arastich) you to Me forever, and I will betroth you to Me with … more
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