Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Prayers for a Great Year for Our Children

That was quick.

Seems like we were just writing about high school graduations, camp packing details, family vacations, water safety and even sunscreen.

All of a sudden, uniform lists, backpacks, new technology, carpool arrangements, learning in Israel and everything

What a Bar Mitzvah!

I started writing this column on Sunday while on a high on my way back from a very special 55-hour weekend spent in Israel. I was there to attend the bar mitzvah of the only son of one of my oldest and closest friends from my high school days. I also had the added bonus of spending a Shabbat with my eldest daughter just as she was

Remembering the Night McCain Honored Lieberman

Sometimes in newspapering, a reporter will be at the right place at the right time without any real planning.

That happened to me in the winter of 2012 when I was invited to then-Israel Ambassador Michael Oren’s residence in Washington, D.C., to cover a farewell dinner honoring retiring

No, Mr. President, the Only ‘Turn’ the Palestinians Seek Is the Right of ‘Re-Turn’

No, President Trump, the security and future of the State of Israel cannot fit as an addendum to any “art of the deal.”

As encouraged as we were by the president’s campaign promise fulfillment to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, we were concerned when the president said

Hearing Returns to My Ears, and It’s a Good Thing

So I passed the sign in Costco listing the price of their hearing aids like a hundred times.

Hearing aids.

These very words trigger an old guy in a creaky wheelchair holding up an old-fashioned horn to his ear asking, “Eh?”

When It Comes to Israel, Sometimes the ‘Good Guys’ Aren’t So Great

We’re certainly grateful there was no violence at last weekend’s so-called Unite the Right rally in Washington, D.C.’s landmark Lafayette Square. Indeed, according to media reports there were maybe two dozen supporters of the cause aligning itself with white nationalist extremist groups.

And in

This is our friend?

Talk to Us, Senator Booker. Talk to Us Now!

Senator Cory Booker needs to find a podium with a microphone hardwired to the Jewish community. And we recommend that he does this in a hurry.

Because if he does not, he’ll likely be seen as an elected official who played

The Highlight of My Amazing Summer: Kosherica’s Cruise to Bermuda

This summer has been a very special one for my wife, Dena, and me as it has been the first summer ever in which all of our kids were away for a full month. This phenomenon had never happened to us before, and Dena and I committed to each other to spend more time together and take advantage of the

Europe’s Anti-Semitism Illustrates Why We Need a Nation State

Liberté, égalité, fraternité.

French for liberty, equality and fraternity, these three words are the national motto of France.

Unless, it seems, you are a Jewish French citizen.

But it’s not just France. We would be kidding

When the Outside World Found Its Way to My Shabbos Table

OK, so I’ve read that the best way to keep a Shabbos lunch moving along and in a civil tone is to not talk about work or politics.

I even once wrote about a kiruv rabbi’s instruction seminar where this issue of staying away from politics, in particular, was the headline of the meeting’s

The White Helmets Came to the Right Place…Israel

Certainly, many of us have heard of the White Helmets.

If you have not, this is perhaps one of the few life-saving stories of the Syrian Civil War.

The White Helmets, or the Syrian Civil Defence organization personnel, are the ones who dig through the rubble and

Perhaps It’s Time for Israel to Put an End to the Gaza Terror

As we approach Tisha B’Av and our solemn commemoration of the destruction of our two Holy Temples, we want to remind everyone that the heightened threats to our people in Sderot and other Southern Negev regional areas must be remembered as if it were happening closer to home.

Recently, Prime Minister