Once again, missionary efforts aimed at Israeli Jews steps up their creative efforts. Deliberately secretive and cloaked, filmmakers - working under direct agency of Christian Broadcast Network - lure wanna-be actors to appear in myriad biblical films with a undeniable messianic messages. Insidious and deliberately non-transparent forces are at work. Again.
How much news is too much news? Anxiety, arthritis and cardiovascular disease are recently linked to a steady diet of typically distressing information. Also, Abraham teaches us that people who need people ARE the luckiest people in the world!
Kudos to Noach? What does political-correctness have to do with the flood and the destruction of the world? Also: Snapping back to routine after a month of holiness!
Starting Over: The creation of the world and resulting conflicts between Designer and staff. Both 'hope' and 'blessings' spring eternal!
Not everything that is good for us feels sweet; not everything that seems sweet is good for us. The proffered blessing of "A Sweet, New Year" is profound in its entreaty that we merit wholeness and abundant blessings from Heaven. The final, piercing blasts of the shofar promise that a world of opportunity lies before us. . . . .
Repentance might come from fear of or love of HaShem. Which form of atonement trumps the other? And is there something our inner-child can teach us about faith and gratitude?
There is a simplicity to repentance because there is no End Goal. "How may I improve myself?" is the first step toward bettering our relationship with God and availing ourselves of the optimism of the season.
Wending our way toward Rosh HaShanah, do we quake with fear or enjoy the confidence of knowing that all will be well?
The season of blessings is about to commence. Are you opting in-or-out? Fence-straddlers not welcome!
Finding the happiness while observing God's law? Eighty-seven tired and brave South Africans arrive to begin adventurous new lives in the Holy Land; Olympic-worthy gestures abound, whether via athletics or acts of kindness; Self-proclaimed food critic Shimshon Leshinsky is Jerusalem's most unexpected anti-hero!
Covid has knocked the world into a malaise. Tisha B'Av dealt us an additional whammy! Andrea maintains that August is a perfect time to begin the mind, heart and soul work necessary to for the upcoming Season of Healing.
On the Ninth of Av (Tisha B'Av), both the book of Eicha and the Torah align and lament, "How?" How are we not saving ourselves as cities burn? How can we ignore the targeting of Jews while our blood-soaked history implores, "How don't you hear? How don't you act?"
Celebrating the 26th anniversary of her arrival in Israel, Andrea reflects on people, places and experiences that infuse this continuing journey with magic and holiness.
"Taking vacation" on the park bench is, for some, deeply rewarding! Also, does the Torah condone committing acts of violence in the sanctification of G-d's name? A difficult subject for difficult times.
Once again, the Torah seamlessly meshes with current events! And blessed Israel rises majestically above the fray.
How we react to strife and disappoint are matters of choice. Emphasizing the things we have helps forge healthier attitudes and better connection to our Creator.
How far will vanity take the common man before he loses all sense of altruism and kindness? Once again, today's events eerily parallel the lessons of the Torah.
Does "silence" equal "complicity"? This week's Torah reading is rife with staggering prophesy as Andrea discusses events of the week: Israel's emerging government, rampant violence against Jews, duplicitous headlines.
With Israel's most recent, unprovoked skirmishes with Hamas quashed
Defending herself again accusations of disproportionate violence, practicing apartheid and other blood libels, Israel remains a moral beacon in a world that is either blind to or complicit with those who seek our destruction.
Israel is the only country in the world that - under siege and the target of unbridled war crimes - continually defends herself to a self-righteous, selectively-moral and obscenely biased international media for the "crime" of fighting back. Also, shabbat, Shavuout and lessons of the desert.
Silence shrouds the hillside where 45 men and boys lost their lives in Meron on Lag B'Omer. Is the correct response to blame and point fingers or might there be a deeper message?
Christian missionary activities in Israel have grown more sophisticated and subversive than ever before. Recent events highlight the smarmy phenomenon and raises serious questions about what "friendship really means - for BOTH sides.
Reflections on a month overseas caring for, laughing with and gleaning wisdom from an aging parent.
In this most poignant and powerful week leading up to Israel's Independence Day, we reflect on the inestimable cost of living as free Jews in our own country.
With four generations spending Passover under one roof, Andrea broadcasts from America and shares both observations and hopes for Jews on both sides of the Atlantic!
Vignettes, wisdom, anecdotes and smiles to help make this year's seder/Sabbath combo rich with meaning and gratitude!
'Spring-cleaning' or 'soul cleansing'? Removing chametz refers to more than cookie crumbs and pasta. Arrogance, entitlement and other ego-fueled mindsets block the path to humility and holiness.
Tourist season is upon us but airport closures and flight cancellations are de riguer as the country crawls out the year-long Corona lockdown. Travel-guru Mark Feldman deconstructs the good, the bad and the ugly of Israel's shaky aviation industry.
How can a people who experienced exodus from bondage and the splitting of the seas build and worship a golden bovine? Dopiness vs. Destiny as we inch our way toward the Festival of Freedom.