Archive for 'Spirituality' Category

Become a Legend

By Uriah - Last updated: Tuesday, December 27, 2011

One of the themes of Channukah commonly focused on is the idea of dispelling darkness with light. This is physically represented by the central mitzvah of Channukah – lighting the Menorah. Conceptually it is the light of Torah dispelling the darkness of Greek thought and culture. One may make the mistake of oversimplifying things by […]

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 […]

Fires in Jerusalem – If ya can’t stand the heat…

By Uriah - Last updated: Wednesday, July 20, 2011

This past Sunday afternoon from the view of our balcony over Hertzl Blvd we were treated to a free airshow of sorts as we got to watch fire-fighter airplanes making their goes trying to tackle the forest fire that was blazing just down the street from us in the Jerusalem Forest. While there were rumors […]

Shelach Lecha – Tapping into the “natural resources” of Eretz Yisrael

By Uriah - Last updated: Friday, June 17, 2011

Sometimes a location is blessed with visible natural resources such as a forest of trees, fertile land, or rivers with are right out in the open for the taking. And sometimes those resources are more hidden and not so obvious. Take the desert lands of many of the Arab countries. What at first glance appears […]

Shooting at Kever Yosef – look a little deeper

By Uriah - Last updated: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Two days ago while all of us here in Israel were busy with our pre-Chag preparations for the last day of Pesach, tragedy struck at Kever Yosef when Ben-Yosef Livnat was murdered, allegedly by an Arab police/security officer. Such a heinous act happening amidst one of our most treasured holidays leaves us grasping for meaning… […]

Is this a little weird or am I just seeing things?

By Uriah - Last updated: Tuesday, March 15, 2011

During a normally abundantly joyful time leading up to Purim a lot of us have had some heavy thoughts in our heads and on our hearts this week with the inhuman tragedy that occurred in Itmar over Shabbat and the unbelievable events in Japan. Chazal teach us that all that Hashem does to the world […]

From the Garden of Peace by R Arush “The Heart”

By admin - Last updated: Monday, January 17, 2011

Hashem wants the heart. The value of every act of serving Hashem depends entirely on how much ones heart went into it, as it says “Give, my son, your heart to me” (Proverbs 23:26). Likewise, when it comes to mitzvot between man and his fellow man, the main thing is the heart. Rabbi Yochanan Ben […]

Zionism vs Anti-Zionsim – Do we need both?

By Uriah - Last updated: Saturday, December 25, 2010

  One of the most critical philisophical divides of the Jewish people in modern history has been the split over Zionism. Taka- some of the biggest problems in this country probably stem from the fact that many of us can’t even agree if this country should exist or not in the first place, so how […]

The Key to Finding My Keys – A Pirsumei Nissa Special

By Malkah - Last updated: Monday, October 18, 2010

I, unfortunately, am not terribly organized.  This manifests itself in various ways, including the frequent misplacement of my house keys, which should otherwise find a home in our front door or in my bag. My husband, who is generally a good and tolerant man, has a particular weakness – a great dislike for losing or […]

Hoshana Rabba Night at Kotel, 1:40 AM

By Yishai - Last updated: Wednesday, September 29, 2010