During the second summer of our marriage, when we were still in college, my wife and I were employed as fire lookouts in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. We lived in a mountaintop cabin 9,000 feet above sea level and our view extended 150 miles in all directions, taking in thousands of forested acres. That summer there were two small fires and the world seemed normal. 


Someone whose father fought in the Battle of the Bulge gave me a book about this epic chapter in the history of World War II. Even reading about war is difficult. The reality is hard to imagine, especially for Americans, who have long been insulated from armed conflict. But war is real. Today, with the threat of long-range weapons and close-range enemies, it seems to be edging closer. Governments, who are supposed to protect, in some cases actually threaten the world! 


The guns are silent. The missiles have stopped flying ... for now.

There was something different about this war. 


People are upset at the media.

During the War in Gaza, it seemed as if the entire world was against Israel! And for good reason! It was! I want to ask: are you surprised? 



Recent Posts


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