On Running

My second wind, my second chance at life,For you I beckon,For mere burden and strife–Cannot accomplish what love can,I long for you,My second wind,In this here, Holy Land. I run,No…

On Parshat Pinchus

This post should be a z’chut to my grandmother’s, Yulia bat Berta’s speedy recovery and was inspired largely by Rabbi Yitzchok Snyder’s d’var Torah today. People, sometimes those from our own…

Insights From This Shabbat

May this post/d’var be a z’chut to my grandmother’s, Yulia bat Berta’s return to health. Jerusalem, 7/8/12: Shabbat Parshat Balak was one of the more spiritual Shabbatot I’ve experienced thus…

On Parshat Balak

Parshat Balak appeals to me for its multi-facetness and its extraordinary connection to modern times. Reading the parsha with Rashi’s commentary, I had two questions: 1st: Balak and Bilam don’t…

Road Signs and Not Giving Up

I’ve had a very difficult time finding a job. This has had its effect on my relations with friends and family. I’ve become more irritable. I’ve noticed that my irritability…

Russian Flag Above Jerusalem

Russian President (dictator), Herr Putin, was in Israel recently. While it’s well-documented that Putin was elected–then re-elected and elected again illegitimately, that the election process in of itself is a sham,…

On Despair and Getting Back Up

By Eitan Divinsky By Eitan Divinsky, Jerusalem, Israel, 6/25/2012: Where are you? Brighter, better days? Where do you lay hidden? When will you return and stay? How long I’ve longed…

On Skokie (At Leo’s Request)

So many memories, so many yearnings,So much past, so much desire to return,I give you this much, Skokie,You’re one crazy big part of me! When we first moved there, It…

It’s the Elites, Stupid!

Living in Efrat in the Judean Hills, I often found myself asking the question: who’s got it better: the “settlers,” surrounded by fences, barbed wire, soldier-manned guard towers, and an…

For You (Whoever You Are)

When?When will I find you, the one I’m looking for?When?What does this worldFull of wicked deeds and evil thoughts but also goodHold in store? Why?Why have I come so far…

A Self Criticism on Religious Zionism

When I start talking about “critisizing myself,” something I’m proud of being able to do, I’m talking about critisizing the religious Zionist movement because I see myself as an extension…

The Internet: Good or Evil?

I began thinking about this after having read a Facebook post of someone I greatly admire. They were having a problem with a certain yeshiva banning the Internet from its…

The Power of Good Deeds

“On three things the world stands: on the Torah, on prayer, and on good deeds”–Tractate Avot The power of good deeds has never ceased to amaze me. Whenever I delve…

Mixed Feelings

I’ve been having a lot of mixed feelings lately. On one hand, it seems like our Arab neighbors have their own legitimate claims and that for the most part, they’re…

On Megilat Rut and Gerut

I spent Shabbat/Shavuot in East Jerusalem at the Yeshivat Beit Orot. It was an extremely uplifting experience. The yeshiva is located at the outskirts of an Arab neighborhood and the…

Back in Israel

After a great trip, I’m home. I’m living in Efrat in the Judean Hills. The air is fresh, the view is breathtaking and the people are idealists. They believe that…