Sunday, November 17, 2019


Dreaming of Emunah

The American Dream was finally unveiled on October 25, 2019. After years of painstaking planning, the mega shopping/dining/entertainment mecca opened its doors to flocks of awaiting consumers. Full disclosure: while I wasn’t present for the grand opening, I do intend to make my way there at some point. Why? First, I am innately

Continuing the Conversation: Restoring Vision to Modern Orthodoxy

I was very excited to see the headline in The Jewish Link of the most recent article by my colleague, Rav Elie Mischel, titled “The Lulav Jews: Rediscovering Pride in Modern Orthodoxy,” (October 31, 2019). As someone who believes strongly in the importance and value of Modern Orthodoxy, I am excited whenever a discussion takes

Ancestry® Digitizes Millions of Holocaust Archives

Ancestry® partners with Arolsen Archives—International Center on Nazi Persecution—in Germany to digitize and publish records online, making them available to all.

(Courtesy of Ancestry.com) As part of a philanthropic initiative to make culturally important records available to

Israel Air Force Honors Memory of Barry Bichler, z”l

Barry Bichler’s extraordinary artistic talents were apparent at a very young age. As his father, Abraham Bichler of Fair Lawn, explained, “He made model airplanes at the age of 4 or 5, and, while in second grade at Yavneh, built a model of the 1969 lunar module out of paper. His teacher was so amazed

New Brokerage Service Brings Musical Dreams to Life

It wasn’t all that long ago that the idea of professionally recorded Jewish music was a real novelty. I have vivid memories of sitting in the living room of the house where I grew up listening to Mordechai Ben David’s “Hineni” album over and over again because, at the time, it was the only Jewish music record (yes,

Israeli Art Meets Israeli Technology

(Courtesy of DFINE) Project Ezrah and DFINE are making it easier than ever before. Investing in art has been growing in popularity among individuals looking to diversify their portfolios. In fact, more than half of wealth managers reported their clients asking for help with investments in art. Because art has no connection to more

How’s Sophie? Reflections From a Mom of a Lone Soldier

“How’s Sophie?” I am asked this question multiple times a day from so many of you, friends and acquaintances. In some instances, I have no idea who you are. And it is in those moments I realize that Sophie belongs to Klal Yisrael. You have all adopted her as a lone soldier.

Must Read: A Fascinating Tale of a Kurdish Jew

Reviewing: “My Father’s Paradise,” by Ariel Sabar. Algonquin Books. 2008. English. Hardcover. 325 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1565124905.

This was one of the most interesting books that I have ever read! Ariel grew up in Los Angeles. His father, Yona, was born in Kurdistan (in Iraq), where,

Is Chutzpah a Key Ingredient In Israeli Innovation?

Highlighting: “Chutzpah: Why Israel Is a Hub of Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” by Inbal Arieli. Publishers HarperBusiness/HarperCollins Publishers. 2019. Hardcover. 240 pages. English. ISBN: 978-0-06-288303-2.

Inbal Arieli knows more than a thing or two about how to be an entrepreneur.

‘Kosher Travelers’ to Feature Pesach and Other Exciting Travel Options

The kosher traveler has more opportunities than ever to visit remote ports, luxury resorts and exotic destinations than ever before. Thanks to the creativity and imagination of native Australians David and Chana Walles who made aliyah in 2008 and shortly after purchased the well-known Eddie’s Travel and

Do the Math

While going shopping for my wife I picked up a bag of something she needed. I noticed the price on it and then looked for what I knew to be a brand with a reputation for being less pricey than the first. Sure enough, it was a significant amount cheaper than the one I had in my hand.

I then took

Explore the Stone Ruins of a Mansion On This Hike in Nearby Oakland

This three-mile-long hike in nearby Oakland, of moderate difficulty, is one of my favorites. Not only does it run along a scenic lake and climb to several panoramic viewpoints, but it also passes the interesting stone ruins of Foxcroft—a mansion built over 100 years ago. There are several