In the old, old days, long before I became observant, I lived in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, a world of wealthy, assimilated Jews who fled the Torah as if it were poison. From nursery all the way through twelfth grade, I attended what was considered an “elite” private school. Our class, numbering about one hundred, was composed almost exclusively of assimilated Jews, with a smattering of others as a result of the school’s liberal philosophy. Feelings of guilt as a result of our comfortable lifestyle made it almost mandatory to include a few non-Jews.  



Recent Posts


cries Lunar eclipse logic Amalek Chanukah Abrahem Zion, Angel Baku alone Aharon Ishmeal Isaiah patriarchs'matriarchs self-worship redemption incense stars sin exile darkness kinneret ethics Golus three weeks priests United Nations Land of Israel Ishmael idol Greeks danger moon David Zion Edom Rabbis Midrash Tu b'Av bris milah meraglim Rabbi Akiva Amram barley Chol haMoed commandment rain repent plague Samuel the Prophet Malbim America Judah slavery Babylonia Rosh Hashanah Sodom New Moon Gog High Priest Rome Matisyahu Boaz Noah Sephardi Sukkos resurrection Nation of Israel Benjamin Divine presence Talmud Master of the Universe earthquake King of the Universe High Holy Days evil inclination Elul Purim Holy Ark Blame mikveh Teshuva Ten Commandments holiday Father in Heaven brotherhood tremors Solar eclipse hubris redeemer bird tears prophets Song of Songs esrog God Judaism patriarchs King David Earth India shield of Abraham paradise terror prayers Holy Temple Passover Seder Chofetz Chaim murder Hasmoneans Lot Children of Israel leprosy Bilaam Passover Miraglim Israel pain Tzuk etan Jewish festival Moses missiles stones spirituality Dead Sea Judgement Day Maccabeans Pharaoh Europe Jewish Final redemption Mount Zion slaves prayer Abraham Yaakov Shechina Hashem spiritual secret Jewish People Balak synagogue miracles sacrifices repentance Prophecy Matriarchs Moshiach kosher Mordechai peace angels Terror Attack in Jerusalem keys yarmulke Tisha b'Av Torah portion Mount Sinai Sukkah prayer book Hagar Moab G-d kiddush Esther mitzva song Rebecca Tallis Holiness chessed Eve Holy land Sages evil Second Temple world to come Ashkenazi Protective edge violence water prophet Hebrew trees Galil Tu b'Shvat Day of Judgement Shushan Genesis Babylon Ruth blessing Samuel Jews Moshaich Rebbe sanctity Zechariah eternity Western World Rosh Hashana Chanukkah cholent rosh chodesh liberation Jerusalem ancestors Red Heifer survival fragrance Psalms Moshe salvation Holocaust Geula materialism spies Angel of Death Repentence rabbi Jewish holidays pray purity chaos holy king Chafetz Chaim Sabbath Laban Tefillin lights Creator Yom Kippur Magog idolatry Shavuos war Bais Hamikdosh culture 2020 Vision persecution heaven Sefiras haOmer terrorists Banias prophet Samuel Macabees Golden Calf kesuba locusts Adam heavenly throne Isaac tablets Zohar Parsha menorah Exodus Eglon shofar Egypt Sea of Galilee Haman terrorist shmittah Shabbos media Beit Hamikdash forefathers Avraham fires Solomon fault terrorism Canaan Esau seder Torah scholars angel biblical End of Days Pinchas mikveh, Sabbath Psalm Faith Temple Mount death Golan matzos Jacob Miriam Sarah Torah judgement Jew Garden of Eden gossip mitzvos eternal Rachel Rashi Heavenly Mercy yeshiva light siddur Red Sea Maimonides Mount Hermon flood dreams miracle Leah enemies heavenly gates Achashveirosh Day of Atonement Ammon Joseph fear King Solomon deluge Raiders of the Lost Ark soul Yerushalayim sun automobiles compassion tabernacle Jeremiah night Ezekiel bible Temple minyan messiah Western Wall evolution creation Ishamael