October 2023

Growing Up Without a Father

I was just reading Chapter 10 of Buried Treasure and was wondering what God’s advice would be to the sons in single-family homes headed by mothers. In my own case, I grew up in South Africa after both parents immigrated there. When my father died (I was 7) my mother refused to return to her […]

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Choose Life – Too Many Don’t

The newborn hovered between life and death. His father, accustomed to being in control and wielding power, refused food as he lay on the ground and did the only thing he could — cry out to God for his child’s life. When the baby died, this man’s staff were afraid to tell him the news.

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Does God Make Man?

Thank you, Rabbi and Susan, for your valuable teaching. My question relates to Genesis. Who are the ‘us’ that created man? God creates everything by himself, but when it comes to man, the bible says, ‘let US make mankind in OUR image’. Also, later on, once Eve has eaten the apple, it refers to Adam

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What I Didn’t Say

How many times have you replayed a conversation in your mind, knowing exactly what you should have said, but didn’t? Alternatively, you might fixate on what you did say and shouldn’t have. When I occasionally subbed for my husband on his radio show, and then when we co-hosted our Ancient Jewish Wisdom TV show, it

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Destruction is Fun

I’ve often been asked what the world might look like if God had never provided His Manufacturer’s Manual. The answer is that without a Scriptural system of values and the blueprint of government that Scripture provides, we’d live in a world of unrestrained barbarism. Or as Thomas Hobbes put it in his 1651 book Leviathan,

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Hi, My name is Joanna. I hope you are safe, and your family is OK. I have a question, but I understand if you don’t want to answer. What is your opinion about Israel’s decision to cut electricity, food, and water to Gaza?I’m sorry if it seems like an offensive question, but reading what you

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Letter from Jerusalem

Dear Friend of the American Alliance of Jews and Christians— As Susan and I hear the jets roaring over Jerusalem on their way to Gaza, a flaming arrow of incandescent clarity penetrates our souls. It is absolutely clear to us that we are witnessing the latest in a long line of bloody battles in the

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Resilient Israeli Teenagers

Resilience: the capacity to withstand or recover quickly from difficulties. We wish this quality for our children, especially because in America and Europe we have a front-row seat viewing the anxious, fragile, angry, and self-aggrandizing university students who have never met a challenge that cannot beat them. I have been witnessing resilience daily since the

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An Update from Rabbi Daniel and Susan

To our dear Happy Warriors, We are writing from Jerusalem in a country that is under attack. The past few days, since the morning of Shabbat which was also the morning of one of the most festive and holy days of the Jewish year, have been surreal. People here are in shock. This message is

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Trumping Patton

A few years ago, I began comparing President Trump to General Patton. Other than learning about the World War II leader as a part of overall history, my first closer look at him came when I started to watch the movie Patton starring George C. Scott. Very shortly into the film, I turned it off,

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