If you had one day to live, what would you do? Most of us pretend that we would indulge some life long desire, or engage in some favorite activity. Yet to do so implies that our lives mean nothing beyond our immediate experience. With only one day left to live, would I spend it sky … Continue reading One More Day
It’s been twelve years since the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The assassination by a Jew of the Prime Minister of Israel remains a horrible tragedy over a decade later. Unless it becomes a part of our ritual behavior we run the risk of forgetting this terrible moment in Jewish history. The day after … Continue reading The Fast of Gedaliah and Rabin
Every Friday as Shabbat gets close, I do something radical. It is an act horrifying to young children and their parents alike. I go to the power switch that controls my cable access and I switch it off. For the next twenty five hours, my house is a television and internet free zone. Even my … Continue reading Less Television, More Soulful Living
Certain situations are obviously dangerous. Wars and plagues are evidently situations to avoid; poverty and oppression are curses. Yet some situations have hidden dangers. Affluence and security, both great blessings that we are fortunate to enjoy in the United States and especially in the Bay Area, have hidden risks. The blessings can quickly become curses … Continue reading Remembering Who We Are
In the 1950s, Jewish refugees from the Arab world poured into Israel. The Israeli government settled these people in developing communities around the country, including a settlement near the border with Egypt. This small community was about one mile from the Gaza strip (then under Egyptian control) in the south of Israel.