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Of Funerals

Several weeks ago, I wrote about our 19-year-old grandson studying at an Israeli college, who attended his first funeral. It was not the funeral of an aged relative, but of someone only slightly older than him, who was killed fighting in the war in Gaza. Last week it was the turn of our daughter’s 13-year-old...

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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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War

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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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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Cynical, Suspicious Me

Crying hearts shouldn’t direct policy. If being a statesman was easy, we would have more of them. Most of us have enough trouble just being informed citizens. Part of the challenge is being able to separate humane emotions and caring feelings from wise policy. If you are above a certain age, you might remember a...

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Fight or Fall

For how long must you leave a beautiful garden abandoned before it reverts to jungle?  One summer will show the deterioration well under way and within five years it will be hard to discern that any manicured garden was ever tended there. For how long must you leave a bustling city abandoned before it becomes...

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