Friday, April 20, 2018


Linda Sarsour’s ‘Palestinian Blood’

“I am honored and grateful to God that he chose to let this Palestinian blood run through my veins.”

That April 1 tweet by Arab-American activist Linda Sarsour caught my eye. At first, noting the date of her tweet, I thought that Sarsour might just be kidding around. But no, it was no April

Zevachim 2

May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel ben Harav Yoel David Balk, a”h.

This week we learned Zevachim 2. These are some highlights.

Zevachim 2: Can you sell your portion in the World To Come?

A Contest for My Readers

Due to the positive feedback I received over the past two years (special shout-out to Michael Rapoport!), I decided to collect the best 60 of my columns and publish them as a book. The subtitle may be something like “Sixty Short Essays on Jewish Liturgy and History, the Hebrew Language, and the Holidays.” But I need suggestions

Sharing Our Ices

As I spent so much family time together with my children over this past Pesach, it afforded me time to just stop, watch them play and just be children without the hustle and bustle of the normal crazy schedule. It was something that was a real treat for me as it was for many of you. One particular moment that was truly a pleasure

Are We Not Embarrassed?

It is not with pleasure that we write this article. In fact, it hurts us to have to address the issue of the lack of derech eretz (good manners) shown to local storekeepers and their employees.

Twice we have been approached by people asking us to reproach what goes on locally amongst some of the

Perseverance Pays Off

This is a story of a man who truly mastered the art of survival. Max Ostro, born in Poland in 1926, was 17 when he, his brother and his parents were rounded up by the Nazis to be sent to the Treblinka death camp. Realizing what was ahead, his parents, Reb Shmuel and Sara Chana, urged Ostro and his brother Chanina

My Stories

Part 23 (written 2004)

(Continued from last week)

The company had annual management retreats to which managers from all over the world came to give reports and to discuss policy. Frequently one of these meetings would be held in Holland due to its central

It Is No Dream: The Man Who Created Today’s Aliyah

An Exclusive Q&A With Nefesh B’Nefesh founder Rabbi Yehoshua Fass.


Since Nefesh B’Nefesh started helping Olim realize the dream of aliyah, some 50,000 Jews have made the new journey in their lives come true in over 55 flights since 2002. The impact on

Disability Inclusion: Why Israel Must Turn 70 Years Young

As Israel remarkably enters its 70th year, the now-not-so-young country has much upon which to reflect. From becoming the “Start-up Nation” to producing award-winning laureates in multiple disciplines to withstanding countless military assaults via technology and sheer willpower, Israel has established itself as a powerhouse in

A Sampling of the Many Faces of Israel at 70

The Pesach dishes are packed away for next year. Along with them are the memories of Pesach 2018, packed with impressions ranging from spiritual to tangible. Israel at 70 remains our Holy Eretz Yisroel combined with the most state-of-the art accoutrements of the 21st century. Our Chol Ha’moed experiences attested to that special

Rejoice With Trembling

The Psalmist (2:11) tells us that the deepest emotion is gilu b’radah, or to “rejoice with trembling.” As we reach the 70th anniversary of hakamat hamedina, the establishment of the State of Israel, I tremble with joy. The profundity of this moment in time touches the deepest depth of my soul. Seventy years is, in the eyes of the

The History of Israel Through the Eyes of a Tree

Seeing trees blossom and grow fruit in the land of Israel as I leave my house every late winter and early spring morning makes me realize another way in which I am grateful to be able to live and raise my family here. When we built our house, it was important not only to plant trees, which Jews have done for more than 100