Archive for 'Uriah' 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 […]

Coming FROM America

By Uriah - Last updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

For your reading pleasure… here is a nice description of some of the more significant lifestyle adjustments and challenges olim go through in the words of somebody going through it herself right now: In America I drove a Camry   In a skype call with the family back in America on Purim my father told […]

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 […]

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 […]

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… […]

Iron Dome – All it’s cracked up to be?

By Uriah - Last updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Recently the “leaders” here in Israel have all been patting themselves on the back and boasting about the amazing success of the newly deployed Iron Dome system. Don’t get me wrong, for sure every Jewish life that can be saved is something to be happy about and if this new defense system achieves that goal […]

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 […]