Archive for 'Exile' Category

Yehonatan’s song – for Jonathan Pollard

By Uriah - Last updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I once wrote this song in a letter to Jonathan. It tells of his long distance, but unwavering, love for his wife and the Jewish people, as well as the yearning of the Jewish people as a whole for Hashem in this bitter exile. Feel free to share with those you’d like to remind of […]

Mama Rachel, Pray for Us!

By Malkah - Last updated: Monday, November 7, 2011

The sun has descended, bringing in the 11th day of Cheshvan, the yartzeit of our mother Rachel. There are so many traits we may hope that we have inherited from her: her beauty, her determination, her compassion, her strength. Yet of all her lofty characteristics, one is most noteworthy – that is her unremitting, passionate […]

Terach and Anti-semitism in America

By Uriah - Last updated: Friday, November 4, 2011

There is a well known story concerning the end of last week’s parsha and the beginning of this week’s which appears in the Midrash. Terach, the father of Avraham Aveinu was the main idol maker in Ur Kasdim. Avraham, trying to prove the futility of the idols to his father, smashed all the idols in […]

Get off the Respirator and Breathe!

By Uriah - Last updated: Thursday, August 11, 2011

  Back in college I had a close friend, let’s call him Tim. Tim came from an upstanding all American family, went to a nice private high school and enjoyed playing a few very physically demanding sports. He had a great personality and in the brains department he was incredibly sharp. He had a habit […]

The Fallen Woman – What the Death of Amy Winehouse Says About Diaspora Jewish Culture

By Yishai - Last updated: Wednesday, July 27, 2011

By Benjamin Kerstein Media coverage of the sudden though not entirely unexpected death of British R&B singer Amy Winehouse mentioned only in passing that she was Jewish. This says something in and of itself, but the truth is that Winehouse’s Jewish identity was always just below the surface of her fame, particularly among her Jewish […]


By Yishai - Last updated: Wednesday, October 13, 2010

FROM ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS: “Late Kabbalist, Jewish Org Team Up To Promote Aliyah” As part of their mission to impress upon world Jewry the importance of returning to the Land of Israel, an innovative Jewish organization dedicated to the resurgence of the spirit of Zionism has teamed up with a late Jerusalem kabbalist to spread […]

Standing IN instead of standing WITH

By Uriah - Last updated: Friday, August 6, 2010

  As I write this I’m caught in between the moods of getting ready for Shabbat in a few hours on the one hand and shaking off the cramps and tiredness 15 some odd hours of traveling back from Chutz L’aretz on the other. Thank G-d I’ve just arrived back home in Israel from an […]

Looking for love in all the wrong places

By Michael Berezin - Last updated: Thursday, July 29, 2010

The other day I was having a conversation with a fellow Jew about life, love, and Israel. This particular individual was from America and had been living in Israel this past year. As the conversation continued, he went on to tell me that he had come to Israel with an open mind and thought maybe […]

The Debate for Aliyah: G-d, the Rabbi’s, and a little thing called Jewish Destiny

By Ezra - Last updated: Monday, June 21, 2010

In the last few weeks I have been engaged in a little back and forth concerning some of the substance of my blogs, with someone known to me only as “rd”. What I have learned about him is the following: he is a knowledgeable G-d-fearing Jew with the utmost respect for the Torah and the […]

Gaza flotilla convoy – explained

By Pinchas - Last updated: Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Let’s start at the beginning. It goes something like this…