March 20, 2020

With all the shutdowns, quarantines, layoffs and general pandemic pandemonium, I have often found myself feeling like I’m in the midst of an episode of the Twilight Zone.  But the storm of uncomfortable feelings and questions about the near future go well beyond that....

February 23, 2020

One month from now, we will embark on a journey to explore together one of the most historically-rich regions of the entire world.  However, we all know that the history of the Land of Israel cannot really be compared to the history of other parts of the world, for Isr...

January 22, 2020

This coming March, I will have the privilege of exploring Israel with a group of runners--all of whom are coming to Israel to participate in the 2020 Jerusalem Marathon.  Leading this group are two of the most prolific runners in American history, Ryan and Sara Hall....

November 18, 2015

I've recently found myself doing a bit of research about Rav Kook (1865-1935), the first Ashenazi Chief Rabbi in the Holy Land in modern times, and one of those rabbis who it seems that every Jewish sect, stream, and philosophy claims to be one of their own.  Rav Kook...

August 18, 2015

The 6-pointed star symbol is commonly called the “Star of David.” In Hebrew, however, it is called Magen David, which should be translated as “Shield of David.” It's origins as a Jewish symbol are murky, and while we can lay out different places in history when it has...

March 28, 2015

Recently, a tourist on one of my City of David tours asked me to explain the origins of Kaddish and why it is that the text focuses on life, peace, and the glory of G-d, if we say it when remember the deceased. Here is the answer I gave him:

 

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