Israel at 65: Thumbs UpUpon the recent passing of the second half of America’s most famous film critiquing pair, Siskel & Ebert, the writer offers a ‘sneak preview’ of their next endeavor.
Elijah, The Gang's All Here!The Prophet Eliyahu, symbol of the humble wayfarer, is invited to enter the home through the symbolic opening of the front door to the house towards the end of the Seder. Why at the Seder?
Who's Got It Better Than Us?This writer ties in Tu B'Shvat, this week's Torah portion and the Super Bowl in a way that will make you ponder.
The Yom Kippur ClincherEven before the famous story of how Jewish baseball legend Sandy Koufax took the holiday off, Yom Kippur and Baseball have been linked, but not so much anymore. The author tries to find a connection
Memorial Day Weekend and the 5th of IyarIf Israel's Independence Day becomes Thursday permanently, rather than falling on the 5th of Iyar, the date of Ben Gurion's daring move will lose its significance. Is that worth a 3 day weekend?
When I'm 64Israel’s 64th birthday is the opportune time to ask the same questions The Beatles did nearly half a century ago. Well, almost.
A Modern Day Moshe?There was once a mock CV for Moses in a Jewish paper - "foreign shepherd with speech impediment, record includes murder and flight to Midian - would you hire this man?" But it seems that G-d has other criteria for leadership.
12 "Bold" Predictions for 2012Of course, the real New Year starts with Rosh Hashanah, introspection and repentance. It is certainly not a time for humor. What does 2012 hold in store? Read this writer's 12 prognoses for 2012 - and smile.
Moneyball-iya: A Winning FormulaBrad Pitt's latest film reminds us that living in Israel is not 'all about the money'. Is that what G-d was telling Jacob in this week's Torah reading?
17 Tammuz, Tablets and BoycottsIsraelis have become all too accustomed to being boycotted by outsiders. On 17 Tammuz, Moses realized the golden calf was no 'innocent boycott' or protest, but a severely misguided act by a people who had strayed way off the proper path.
"Book 'em, Danon!"Our initimable Sredni uses clever satire and story telling to shed light on the the recent 'incitement' detainments of rabbis who endorsed 'Torat Hamelech'. It could happen to you.
Lag Ba'Omer: Distance Learning How could Rabbi Akiva's students, scholars in their own right, fall in the basic precept of acting properly towards their fellow students?
Missing the Boat - Again!As the upcoming 'minor' holiday of 'second chances', Pesach Sheni, is on Wednesday, the author muses about the people who 'never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity'.
A Royal Wedding-Holy Matrimony!What does it mean to be 'holy'? The author muses about that question in light of the Royal Wedding, this week's Torah portion and the upcoming memorial days for the holy martyrs of Israel.
Four Sons? Leave it to BieberThe writer asks himself: So, will I become a Justin Bieber fan? and explains why that is a significant question, especially around Pesach time.
Egypt Bowl: Time Running OutSredni, as usual, finds a seemingly light, but actually quite insightful, way to describe the situation in Egypt.
Beshalach: Facing the Music?While I can understand why this Shabbat is dubbed ‘Shabbat Shira’, I wonder how unique it really is. I mean, after all, shouldn’t we sing every Shabbat?
Staying Off TrackIn Israel we have a long way to go improve the way drivers drive and decrease road accidents. Why bother? Because we care!
Tisha B'Av: Yes, We Can!The origin of Barak Obama's popular campaign slogan, 'Yes, we can!' dates back much further than his 2008 presidential campaign. Its origin may be Biblical.
Your Song, Israel: Elton JohnThis is Your Song, Israel. 50,000 fans came to his concert Thursday night and Elton John declared (referring to other musicians who boycotted Israel), "No one could have stopped me from coming!"
Elvis Costello--Who Cares?The unforgettable lyrics of the great Elvis come to mind when seeing that a lesser Elvis has decided to cancel his trip to Israel. Return to Sender.
Lag BaOmer: Respectful DistanceAn insightful idea for the story of Rabbi Akiva's students' plague that has its parallel in Israeli society, the IDF--and in similar ways, in the Western and cybernet world.
Adar: Don't Worry, Be Happy?Let's see-- some of us live in Israel/are Jewish/ we all read INN, and we're supposed to be happy just because the month of Adar is here? How do we manage that?
Tu B'Shvat? – Step OutsideIn the USA, in Europe and in Israel, this holiday has its own flavor, but the ways Rabbi Kook and the Rabbi of Kotzk understood its meaning is another dimension.
A Taste of the Good Old USAIt's 40 years this month since Sesame Street began. It was a different world then that children were introduced to by this creative, entertainng show that taught a clear value system along with the ABC. Something upbeat for a break from Obama et al.