Instead of letting "bygones be bygones," the Torah commands us to remember our eternal arch-enemy, Amalek, and kill him before we, ourselves, are killed! How relevant is this mitzvah today? A pre-Purim head-scratcher!
The road from slavery to autonomy is rife with struggle. How do the Children of Israel adjust to the challenge of newfound independence? Drama, intrigue and words of love pepper this fascinating chapter in the story of Jewish redemption.
Coincidence, karma, happenstance or miracles? The splitting of the Red Sea serves as a precursor to God's hand in every area of human endeavor. What WE do with the blessings is up to us!
The American season of political discontent has entered a new era. Does a change in administration matter for Israel? Should be be ecstatic, ambivalent or wary?
After almost a year of unprecedented, near cataclysmic world events, have we become kinder or universally numb? What does the Torah say about sensitivity and wisdom? Connections abound!
Some people are born to nobility and some earn it. Together we explore whether we get the leaders we deserve or deserve the leaders we get!
What can we do to ensure that the year ahead is rife with health, wealth, love and miracles? Andrea offers an antidote to 2020!
"How will I emerge from the pandemic year?," one might ask. "Will I be whole or fractured? Joyous or forever cautious?" A wee glimmer of light appears just beyond the figurative horizon. 'Attitude' determines the shape of tomorrow!
As 2020 comes to a close, it will forever be remembered as the Year of Covid. Will we emerge better than before or damaged beyond recognition?
Why commemorate a 2,000 year old battle again an ancient, distinct culture? We won, they lost, let's eat? The eternal Jewish story revealed in the glow of a wee candle . . . . . .
Can any of us alter history or should all outcomes be left to Heaven? Crazy questions for crazy times!
Can moments of despair spur an individual to greatness? In a world beset with near-hysteria and uncertainty, does the story of Yaakov reveal light at the end of the Covid-tunnel?
What happens when terrific parents have challenging children? Does Heaven play a role? Difficult questions for difficult days . . . . . .
The legacy of Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (ztl) will endure for generations, despite his untimely death. He found commonality with people from every corner of society.
How many of us can claim to have heard the voice of God? And is God interested in actually conversing with us? Today we explore opportunities for increased holiness at a time when spirituality seems out of reach for many among us.
Is 'honesty' a defiant trait? If so, Avraham embodies truth, humility and unwavering faith. A most fitting father for the Jewish people!
Why is the story of Noah relevant? And what does a rainbow really mean? Stay dry and ponder!!!
Is the story of the Garden of Eden a children's tale or, in fact, a powerful and Heavenly blueprint for us to build-upon?
Closing days of the Jewish new year give offer unprecedented opportunities for (re)creating a world rife with love, acceptance and miraculous adventure. Are we ready for the challenge?
Dwelling in a flimsy booth for eight days instills helps us better appreciate God benevolence, reassess values and forge solidarity with those less fortunate than ourselves. A quintessential celebration of brotherhood!
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?