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Christmas In Jerusalem With My Beautiful Mom
Good Shabbos! Ten years ago today, I toured the Old City of Jerusalem on Christmas Day with Mom. My film “When Do We Eat?” was playing in the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, and Mom seized the chance to visit Israel with me – something we’d never done together.
Even Napoleon Could See The Temple Would Be Rebuilt
Every summer, on the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av, Jews fast for 25 hours to mourn the destruction of our Holy Temple in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. We also recall a string of catastrophes that befell our …
My Soul Is Not A Thing – It’s A Channel
The night I experienced the reality of my soul.
The Thief And The Pomegranate Seed
Before his hanging, the thief made an offer.
Hanukkah in Germany, 1931
Directly across from the Posner home stood the Nazi headquarters. With the eight lights of the menorah glowing brightly in her window, Rabbi Posner’s wife, Rachel, snapped a photo of it and captured the Nazi flag in the background.
The Tiny Torah in Space
As the Chief Rabbi of Holland died, he pressed a Torah scroll, no taller than four and a half inches, firmly into Joachim Joseph’s hand, commanding him to keep it and always tell its story.
THE JEWISH BASEBALL HERO
Fifty years ago, Sandy Koufax became a hero to American Jews by refusing to pitch in the World Series on Yom Kippur.
Louis Armstrong Wore A Star Of David
Louis Armstrong, the famous Jazz musician, wore a Star of David throughout most of his adult life.
The 10th Commandment, Tony Kushner, And Me
The Ten Commandments prohibit murder with just two words, while the prohibition on coveting includes fifteen. The no-coveting rule is the 10th Commandment – the climax of God’s revelation at Sinai. Why?
I’m Salvador, And I’m A Complicated Jew
I was recently asked, “Sal, what kind of Jew are you?” It was not a rhetorical question.
Getting High In The Holiest Place on Earth
Israel in general, and Jerusalem in particular, is a tangibly holy place. During my recent journey, I connected with its spiritual energy everywhere I went, and I was changed by it.
I Saw My Grandmother’s Soul Leave Her Body
I know the soul exists. Perhaps that’s not a big claim given how often people talk about souls. Despite all that attention, however, it remains difficult to know what the soul is, and how it affects our lives.