We Will Forget

July 1, 2014


Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali, Your bodies were discovered yesterday in a field.  Today you are being buried.  Tomorrow we will begin to forget you.  I’m sorry about that.  Please don’t take it personally.  Most of us didn’t know you.  Even so, we are tremendously impacted by the violence that cut your precious lives short.  Even […]

Are Three Dead Israelis More Important Than Other Murdered Teens?

July 1, 2014


Why is the Jewish community so impacted by the kidnapping and murder of three young Jewish Israeli men? What about all of the other children who are kidnapped or killed? Why are these boys more important to the Jewish community?  The answer is strikingly simple: these boys are ours–a global community of Jews and Israelis. […]

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An Idea for Tu B’Shevat – Maybe Even an Original One?

March 1, 2012


I’ve just finished writing a lengthy email to a friend about a project we are working on. It’s hitting a rough spot at the moment. Of course, that moment is an inopportune time. That’s how life seems to work. But it got me thinking about goals and dreams and how to keep track of them […]

In case you wonder what people really think

June 22, 2010


Following are comments in response to: Iran said Tuesday it would send a blockade-busting ship carrying aid and pro-Palestinian activists to Gaza, fueling concern in Israel, where commandos were training for another possible confrontation at sea http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100622/ap_on_re_mi_ea/gaza_blockade Fluffy-Males Lower Upper Heyford I don’t trust the Iranian’s but if I had to choose I would definitely support them over […]

Dear UCI MSU: Prove it.

June 15, 2010


(Irvine, CA – 05/17/10) “The Muslim Student Union at UC Irvine joins Chancellor Michael Drake in condemning terrorism and in reaffirming our university’s “commitment to dialogue and democratic rule, not violence.” The MSU condemns the killing of innocent civilians, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or any other label. As stated numerous times throughout the week, […]

Welcome to shul. If you return we will remove you by force

March 31, 2010


A few weeks ago over a Shabbat dinner, the topic of homosexuality came up. A younger (Chabad) Orthodox friend said that he would have no problem praying along side a gay man. But a gay Rabbi? Not something he was comfortable with. In fact, he could not see himself praying in a shul where the […]

Wow. Change can be good.

October 13, 2009


I would like to announce a winner in the Jewish Community Hero’s campaign.  Ok…maybe not.  But I would like to announce that Beach Hillel and our long time leaders Rachel and Rabbi Yonah Bookstein (who has won the popular vote of the above mentioned contest) have been recognized and rewarded for our stellar program.  After […]