Saturday, July 20, 2019


Golda Meir: The Early Years, Part II

Just to review, Golda was born in Kiev in 1898. She came to the U.S. with her mother and two sisters in 1906. They came to Milwaukee, where her father had settled a few years earlier.

Last week, I ended with how Golda enjoyed her elementary school in Milwaukee and graduated as class

Frame of Mind

We often say that someone isn’t in the right frame of mind for something. For example, Chazal tell us not to try to calm someone down in the heat of their anger. Not only won’t it work, you’re likely going to make things worse. They may get angrier because they feel you’re not validating their feelings.

The Miracle Begins Again

One would think that we, of all people, would not become as emotionally involved when we see a video of the campers arriving to spend their summer at Camp HASC. Yet, we are totally mesmerized by watching this wonder of wonders. It is early in the season and camp has hardly begun. Glued to the screen, we watched as the campers

Eretz Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael

The current elections in Israel and the probability of dealing with Trump’s “Deal of the Century” have highlighted the need to clarify the relationship between the State of Israel and the Land of Israel.

The future of Eretz Yisrael, securing our presence in our biblical homeland, is a central issue

‘The Unwanted:’ Jews Trapped in a Small German Town, Caught Between America and Auschwitz

Reviewing: “The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between,” by Michael Dobbs. Alfred Knopf. 2019. English. Hardcover. 368 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1524733193.

Michael Dobbs’ “The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between” is the story of the Jews of

Reconciling Torah and Science

Reviewing: “From Infinity to Man: The Fundamental Ideas of Kabbalah Within the Framework of Information Theory and Quantum Physics,” by Eduard Shyfrin. White Raven Publishing. 2019. English. Paperback. 144 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1911195849.

The past few decades have seen many books written

David Irving’s Great Adventure

A recent report stated that David Irving, who lost a defamation suit against Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin publishers who accused him of Holocaust denial, had planned to lead a tour of Holocaust sites in Poland. According to Irving’s website, his 2019 tour begins on September 1 from Warsaw and ends there on September 9. The group

Jewish National Fund Announces ‘Be Inscribed’

(Courtesy of JNF) For the first time ever, the public can be part of a unique piece of history as Jewish National Fund-USA (JNF-USA) offers “Be Inscribed,” an opportunity to buy letters, sentences, portions or an entire Torah scroll handwritten by a scribe atop the ancient cliff fortress of Masada.

My Busman’s Holiday

Since we moved into our home 32 years ago, we have been celebrating Memorial Day weekend with a family/friends barbecue on the Sunday of the long weekend. This year I had a unique moment when I woke up on Monday morning after the festivities were over and we had nothing scheduled. No client appointments, no calendar obligations, no

Bridging the Silicon Wadi: The E-2 Visa and a New Era of Israeli-American Cooperation and Investment

Over the course of the last 30 years, Israel has positioned itself as a leader in the development of some of the world’s most promising technological advancements. Yet despite boasting a pool of talented programmers, engineers and data scientists, Israeli entrepreneurs in the tech industry have been limited in the scope and

The Aha Moment

Being a teacher is very rewarding. Not financially, of course, but in many intangible ways. Although the Jewish community has deep respect for teachers in theory, it doesn’t always play out in practice. Despite the many “oys” of being a teacher, there are also many joys.

Teachers in

הַתִּקְוָה: The Hope

This past week I was in Israel for a friend’s son’s bar mitzvah and to get my necessary spiritual fix. As with just about every trip to Israel that I take, there are those “just in Israel” moments. While this experience may not have been the “open miracle” magnitude that I have seen in the past, it did leave me tingling