“Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21)

I usually write out of inspiration; I first have an idea, poem, senseless piece of thought-garbage etc., then an impulse forces me to grab a pen and inscribe the thought, and then perfect it and then post it here online for everlasting life. Not so today, though. Today, I don’t know what to write. I don’t even have an idea of which direction I want to take this post. I’m not writing to say something. I’m writing because I can’t remain silent! Continue reading “NEVER AGAIN!”

Tribute to Elie Wiesel

“Man comes closer to God through the questions he asks Him, he liked to say. Therein lies true dialogue. Man asks and God replies. But we don’t understand His replies. We cannot understand them. Because they dwell in the depths of our souls and remain there until we die. The real answers, Eliezer, you will find only within yourself.” (Moishe the Beatle, Night ch. 1)

The book of Job is not an easy one to read. It is a story of a righteous man tested by God to almost unbearable limits; he then rebelled against God by cursing the day he was born. Following is forty chapters of heated debate between Job and his three friends about justice and fairness in God’s judgement. Job relentlessly questions the ways of God and rebuts all the defenses offered by his friends. Continue reading “Tribute to Elie Wiesel”

Celebrating Hitler Day?!

There is a beautiful, heartwarming prophecy in Zachariah (8:19)

Thus saith the Lord of hosts; “The fast of the fourth [month,] and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah- joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; love the truth and peace.”

The prophet apparently visualizes the day that Israel will be freed from persecution and liberated from their exiles; and thus, the days that were designated for mourning and sorrow in the past, will be days of celebration henceforth. While being naturally comforting, with a little thought we realize its inspiration to be a bit strange. Continue reading “Celebrating Hitler Day?!”

Beautiful Tragedy

I watch the sun set on Jerusalem’s horizon, painting the sky fiery red and the city in a heavenly gold. Israelis celebrate today 67 years of independence and I sit and reflect upon the recent history of my ancient People. I’m drawn to the chronology of a nation’s Near Death Experience to her amazing rebirth, then instantaneously facing battles outnumbered and out-armed but miraculously triumphant with unprecedented victories. From the day the attackers retreated to this day the country is in a state of unresolved perpetuating civil war. It is evidently a complex issue with no obvious solution in sight. Continue reading “Beautiful Tragedy”

Essay on Anti-Semitism


As I touched the beautiful stones of the Western Wall, it seemed to me that the Wall was telling a story. I stared at the Wall filled with mixed emotions. On the one hand, I was ecstatic finally to walk the holy ground I so yearned to; on the other hand, I felt a sense of mourning and sorrow as I suddenly confronted the sad reality that Jerusalem is in ruins, the Glory of Zion is violated and her children even more so. The stones are drenched with tears of brokenhearted Jews throughout the past two millennium, they petitioned for good fortune, health, prosperity, and most of all they came to this Wall to take refuge as they were running away from religious persecution and mortal genocide. Continue reading “Essay on Anti-Semitism”