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.
Parallels between the Purim story and today's headlines abound. But who are our current heroes?
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!