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…

Gay Pride?

Chicago, 11/26/11: Living in suburban America doesn’t allow one more than a glimpse into the sex-crazed debacle that has become modern Western civilization. On every street corner there are provocative…

In Memory of Rehavaam

I just thought I’d share this since I have a little time to blog right now. I dedicated this to the blessed memory of Rehavaam Ze’evi Gandi (H”YD–may G-d avenge…