An essay on topics in the news and personal reflections from a Torah perspective

The Mild-Mannered Streetsweeper

In my neighborhood in a small town in northern Israel, an Ethiopian-born man comes twice a week to sweep the streets.


Decoded, this means that children raised in non-religious homes are more generous and altruistic than their peers who receive a religious upbringing.

A Jerusalem Half-Empty, or Half-Full?

On the way to Jerusalem on Tuesday of this week, we heard the news of the latest terrorist attacks in the capital

The Cave of the Patriarchs

It’s been said that the Torah takes so much trouble here in order to dispel any doubt or claim in the future about the ownership of the place.

A Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity

Only Mamre encouraged him to go ahead with it, despite these concerns.

Fear of Hotels

What’s wrong with hospitality, you ask?

What’s Missing In The Media Coverage Of Israel

....suddenly it's not terrorism anymore" in the world media's eyes.

In The Beginning…It Was Obvious

The immortal line, In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth

Good Yom Tov, And A Happy Redundancy To You Too!

“Why do we say ‘Good Yom Tov?’ ” my friend asked.

Some Infrequently Asked Questions About Yom Kippur

Why is it sometimes called Yom HaKippurim

Last-Chance Newsbriefs From 5775

For this week’s E-geress, the last issue of the Jewish year

The True Story Of How I Wrote This

Dave decided to issue an ultimatum---to God.

A Far-Out Question For Rosh Hashana

What do you do if you live in a place with few or no Jews

Was Winston Churchill Really A Great Man?

Once a manservant stood up to him.