Archive for 'Yoel' Category

Israel’s Right to Exist Bubble

By Guest - Last updated: Wednesday, June 23, 2010

This article originally appeared on American Enterprise. Of all the implications following the Gaza “peace flotilla” episode, perhaps the most important for Israel is that the existence of a growing challenge to Israel’s very right to exist has finally been fully exposed. Whether it was the provocation by the flotilla itself, or the subsequent challenge […]

Turkish Ships and Morality

By Guest - Last updated: Tuesday, June 8, 2010

(The article was originally published on PajamasMed ia)   With the recent events on the Turkish sponsored “peace flotilla”, Israel has once again been tossed into another lose-lose public relations game. Had Israel refrained from acting, as the self-declared moralists of the world demanded, then Israel certainly would have won a few brownie points for good […]

Galut is a Curse and Punishment

By Guest - Last updated: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Every time I read the long list of curses in the Torah portion Bechukotai, I’m always struck by the fact that being removed from Eretz Yisrael and subsequently being thrown into exile is considered an awful punishment and curse. It’s really very clear, stated in black and white. Yet despite this fact, Jews in galut, […]

Amutot in Israel

By Guest - Last updated: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

While attending a seminar from work today that dealt with the legal ramifications of being appointed to the board of directors of an amuta (nonprofit organization), I heard something very interesting. The lecturer said that while in England there are roughly 4,000 amutot, in Israel there are approximately 40,000 registered amutot! To put this in […]

Independence Day at Gan Sacher

By Guest - Last updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

After nearly 14 years of living in Israel I finally did the ultimate, the Independence Day barbecue in Jerusalem’s Gan Sacher! Although until now I usually stayed away from such crowded events, the truth is today’s event was thoroughly enjoyable. In addition to the fact that we were together with several families, each with many […]

Yom Tov Sheni

By Guest - Last updated: Tuesday, April 6, 2010

While in the dentist office a few hours ago getting my teeth cleaned, a strange thought popped into my head.  I started thinking about yom tov sheni and the fact that there are five each year, which over the course of 70 years totals 350 days. In other words, for an observant Jew living in […]

An Ordinary Israeli

By Guest - Last updated: Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A friend of mine who works in Tel Aviv recently related to me this short but incisive story. After a long day of work he entered a small fruit and vegetable store to grab a quick yet healthy snack. While in the store he heard the voice of someone speaking words of Torah and when […]

And You Shall Know

By Guest - Last updated: Tuesday, March 23, 2010

According to chazal, the four cups of wine that we drink during the seder symbolize the four expressions of redemption as stated in the Torah: “I shall take you out …, I shall rescue you …, I shall redeem you …, I shall take you to Me …” (Sefer Shemot, Chapter 6, Verses 6-7). Although […]

Thoughts on the Haggada of Pesach

By Guest - Last updated: Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Rav Yisrael Ariel in his book The Haggada of the Mikdash explains that after the destruction of the Mikdash by the Romans the haggada of Pesach underwent a significant change.  Whereas the main discussion of the seder during the time of the Mikdash was the halachot of the korban pesach, after its destruction the main […]