Forget about 'deprivation': Yom Kippur is all about personal potential, myriad opportunities and God's belief that we are worthy of redemption.
The Talmud says, “In the way in which a person wants to go, that is the way in which he will be led.” As we inch toward Rosh HaShanah, we’re gifted with an opportunity to partner with God and ‘build’ the world anew. Now’s the time to decide on some of goals, assess our potential ‘contributions’ and partner-up with Heaven!
The Talmud says, "In the way in which a person wants to go, that is the way in which he will be led." As we inch toward Rosh HaShanah, we're gifted with an opportunity to partner with God and 'build' the world anew. Now's the time to decide on some of goals, assess our potential 'contributions' and partner-up with Heaven!
Despite Covid, it's all good or, indeed, as good as we make it! With the High Holy Days in sight, Andrea visits tales of goodness, outreach and where/what/how we can tether our aspirations to tomorrow's blessings.
Despite Covid, Elul has arrived and once again anticipate blessing in the year ahead. What simple steps can we take to better position ourselves meritoriously?
Israel and the UAE have inked agreements, ushering in - perhaps - a new era of regional cooperation and friendship. Is there a hidden cost to this "dream-come-true"? Where does this leave the forever whimpering, finger-pointing Palestinian Authority?
What does it take to oversee the well-being of a nation? 117 years after his death, we remember Menachem Begin (ztl) and compare his legacy to a new and more fickle populace. As hindsight is 20/20, both the Torah portion and the daily headlines draw comparison to heroism vs. obscurity.
With no end in sight to the pandemic, Israelis are torn about summer activity options. Should they defy the Health Authority and attend weddings? March in protest against a beleaguered leadership that appears unable to address the unbearable fiscal burdens that the populace is suffering? Or stay home and channel surf, hoping for numbing distraction on another, tedious day?
Corona wages war and we, the "sitting ducks", can't even identify the weapons in our arsenal! With no end in sight, how many of us are beginning to go mad with fear? And who among us are still gloaming onto moments of light and laughter?
Because no one is. We're all experiencing mild/moderate/acute grief, as liberties and expectations that were once taken for granted evaporate into a Corona abyss. Can grief give birth to hope?
In a Corona world, work, schools. celebrations, camps, restaurants and travel remain paralyzed. The world we've known has changed. And the new normal remains shrouded in mystery. What, pray tell, do we do in the meantime?
How far will some Jews kowtow to be part of the crowd, even when said crowd calls for a Judenrein society as well as the destruction of the Jewish state? Void of the accompanying dignity that comes with observance and continual study, Jewish lemmings race headfirst into a sea of sycophancy.
Today we explore challenge the racially-fueled explosions that currently envelop American and, consequently, the rest of the world. What does the Torah say about following popular opinion in lieu of Heavenly dictates?
Has conferring wide-brush status of "Victim" upon the Have Nots elevated their status and diminished initiative and accountability? And what does the Torah have to say about the connections between 'word' and 'deed'?
On Shavuous we re-commit, re- 'convert' and re-receive the Torah. The ultimate marriage of both custom and commandment and a deeper understanding of the Book of Ruth. Whew!
"The Temple Mount is in our hands!" Saluting the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Andrea reflects upon Jerusalem's reunification.
Are all human beings born equal? What role does circumstance, economy, intelligence play in this sojourn called 'Life'?
Does one have to be rich, religious, nationalistic and/or educated to come home to Israel? Aliyah is for ALL Jews from ALL lands. Rough-hewn and flawed, Israel is only 72 years young and waiting for YOU to come home and be counted.
With loosening restrictions, many non-essential business owners are opening shop. Does the government know something the population doesn't? Or are we playing Russian Roulette for the sake of a teetering economy?
Staying inside has been mandated but attitude is all about choice. How we endure our respective quarantines reveals much about how we'll'reemerge' at the end of the ordeal. Whom among us will hold on to disappointments and expectations and who will dedicate their lives to joy and outreach?
Why will this night be different than all other nights? Celebrating the Exodus while quarantined presents both challenges and great opportunities!
Has Coronavirus rendered us helpless? Must we play victim, hoping to dodge the dreaded "bullet" or do we have controls about how to live? A special exploration of the mind-body-soul connections.
Making quarantine meaningful: COVID-19 is virulent and deadly. So why are people - especially the young - behaving with impunity, risking the lives of others?
Concern re insidious Coronavirus is everywhere and no one is, apparently, immune from myriad aspects of the infection.The impact on daily routines previously taken for granted, is immeasurable. And the economic impact on a such small country as Israel, where the gross national product relies heavily on tourism is, in fact, astronomical.
Investing more of ourselves into the betterment of society, one thing is certain: You can't get it wrong! The Torah agrees! Everyone wants to be thought of kindly and by exercising the art of giving - money, time, provisions - everyone wins.
The Mitzvah of caring for your parents is a gift.
Helping Mom move to an independent-living residence has proved both challenging and cathartic. Still, saying good-bye to belongings doesn't mean saying good-bye to a lifetime of memories. Finding 'balance' in transition offers laughter, reflection and an eye on the future!
When leaders behave like brats and celebrity icons declare that "filth is fine," can parents take to regain control and impart values or should they throw in the towel and let MTV raise the kids? And does the Torah have anything to say about Super Bowl Sunday and other miracles?
Is patience no longer a virtue?
If your enemy says he wants to kill you, believe him! And, yet, many Jews are drawn to causes and leaders who aspire to destroy both Jews and the Jewish state. And why was Moses - modest, speech-impeded, identifiably Egyptian - drawn to fight for the underdog? What does it take to defy authority and, indeed, 'become' a Moses?