Morality in the Israel-“Palestinian” Conflict

Morality in the Israel-“Palestinian” Conflict

When it comes to morality, Israel has been accused of the worst crimes one can imagine in its 35+ year old conflict against the “Palestinian people,” an entity unknown prior to around 1976, when arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat rose amongst the ranks of his Egyptian classmates, and, along with a bunch of individuals who on both a physical and mental level can be compared best to Freddy Crugar/The Three Stooges, founded the PLO, an organization with the stated claim of “liberating Palestine.”

Which is a Better Friend: the US or Russia?

Which is a Better Friend: the US or Russia?

As US-Russia relations have hit a post-Cold War low, Israelis are left wondering if Russia would be a better, more stable ally for Israel than the U.S. has been. This isn’t an altogether hypothetical question: the USSR started out supporting Israel and turned towards the Arabs after the Six Day War when it became clear Israel wasn’t about to become another puppet Communist regime.

Definition of “Hypocrite:” “Religious Jew living in America”

Definition of “Hypocrite:” “Religious Jew living in America”

Every time Israel makes concessions to the Arabs, I hear American Jews voicing their disapproval. But they voice their disapproval with us not only when things don’t go their way–they’ve realized they have to come up with reason to hate the State of Israel and everything that represents Zionist values because if they don’t, it looks like they’re hypocrites.

On Parshat Korach (Based on a Drash by R’ Yitzchok Snyder of Aliyos Yerushalayim)

On Parshat Korach (Based on a Drash by R’ Yitzchok Snyder of Aliyos Yerushalayim)

I felt that this week’s drash was especially relevant to the events taking place in the Jewish community today. In Korach, we witness the biggest threat to Moshe’s position of leadership–and to the future of the Jewish people. Korach leads a popular rebellion against the Moshe, the single most significant representative of the Jewish people we’ve even known.

The Dream

The Dream

And the land wept in grief, For he who loved it most was no more, The land did not flourish, nor did it swell like she who would give birth, He was not there to hold her hand, With her to go forth.

Self Pity in Zionist Circles: Good or Bad?

Self Pity in Zionist Circles: Good or Bad?

Zionist activists in Israel and abroad seem to have settled on a theme du jour for just about everything they say and do. “Israel is being unfairly treated by the world.” I see it in the news every day and it’s becoming a menace. Not because it’s not true but because it’s being misapplied.

What Judaism Means to Me

What Judaism Means to Me

Judaism means everything to me. It’s a part of my life from the second I get up in the morning to the moment I fall asleep at night–and it also accompanies me in my dreams.

The Vision

The Vision

It appeared to me in a dream, What was it who knows? Behind its hideous mask, the soul of the creature arose, For beneath it somewhere, I could sense a familiar stare, Could it possibly be? A reminder, a twinkle of hope, In the ocean of thought so remote, So far and yet so near, That I shook and trembled in fear, The mask’s lips slightly moved and a sound: Like the cry of a million trumpets, Like the beat of a million drums, And yet so sullen, so quiet, like a perilous journey begun.

What’s the Difference Zionist Song

What’s the Difference Zionist Song

This is a song I wrote and recorded with my friend, Matvey (video by Speedy of SpeedyMedia) about a year ago. I’ve since posted it on Youtube, haven’t gotten very many views and haven’t tried too hard to promote it.