The world is a scary place right now isn’t it? Just one look at the headlines and you’ll see stories about terrorism, the rise of ISIS in the Middle East, Ebola, economies in trouble and a jittery stock market.
I was asked to give an update about the events in the Middle East, and I realized I could easily talk for hours on just that topic alone. But in my job, I do a lot of press interviews and I’ve learned over the years that all stories can be condensed if you focus on the 5-W’s: Who, What, When, Where, Why. Read More
By now, there are not that many places in the world where the acronym ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) remain unknown. ISIS also known as IS (Islamic State) has acquired quite a ruthless, bloody reputation in just a few months. When it was first announced that they were a splinter group from Al-Qaeda, we witnessed an almost “tongue-in-cheek” yet blasé reaction from most people. Read More
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Sizer, no stranger to controversy, has appeared at the Second International New Horizon Conference in Tehran, Iran. His appearance has sparked a public outcry from the Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish watchdog groups now calling for his removal from the Church of England. Read More
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins in the evening of Wednesday, September 24 2014 and ends in the evening of Friday, September 26 2014.
The Biblical name for this holiday is called Yom Teruah (In Hebrew, literally “day of shouting/raising a noise”) or the Feast of Trumpets.
On High Holy Days the Jews read from an orthodox machzor or Prayer Book.
There is a very interesting prayer that mentions the name of a high priest, or kohen gadol, which appears in various older machzors, going back over 100 years…His name is Yeshua. Read More
Like many people, I’ve been fascinated to watch the events of the past month (Aug. 2014) unfold across the Middle East Read More
It was in 1894, when Hungarian Jewish reporter Theodor Herzl followed the Dreyfus Affair in Paris, it took him no time to realize that anti-Semitism was alive and well. Herzl was shocked to hear “Death to the Jews” on the streets of Paris. Napoleon might have been friendly to the Jews of his time, yet the “Jewish Enlightenment”, also known as the Haskalah, was mostly a failure. Read More