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  • The Book of Life: Life and death during the High Holidays

    I have looked at the High Holidays very differently the past few years. I have been wondering what has shaped this new outlook and keep coming back to one word: Death.

  • Nothing Will Hurt Me: Coping with the loss of a neighbor and IDF soldier

    My wife called in the middle of a meeting the other day. I usually take her call in case it’s important. Perhaps, I thought, she needed me to run another errand on the way home. She shared with me the news of a soldier who was killed in a training accident. Uriel Liwerant was a…

  • Happy Anniversary to Us: Five years after making aliyah to Israel

    This week I celebrate the anniversary of making aliyah in 2004. Five years. I share this anniversary with my wife and children of course, but also some 250 others who boarded a chartered El Al plane organized by Nefesh B’Nefesh, and made aliyah together. I had planned to make aliyah for most of my adult…

  • My Friend, My Hero

    There are many kind of heroes. Some are sports and entertainment stars. Some are teachers and other civic leaders. Some are political or military figures. Most can think of one or another person we admire – whether we know them personally or not – who we would say is our hero. As I have grown…

  • My Inheritance: Reflections on the occasion of my mother’s yartzeit

    June makes me think about lifecycle events. My wedding anniversary is in June. So is my parents’. As is my second daughter’s birthday. Lots to celebrate. Thank God. But it’s also the month in which my mother died, the opposite end of the spectrum. Recently, I inherited some money from my mother’s estate. It’s been…