A Hannukah Prayer of Lights

Source of Creation and Life of the Universe We gather together on Hanukkah As Jews of conscience with a deep spiritual bond to the lights of freedom. We are grateful for the inner might of the Maccabees Who fought to reclaim a Jerusalem in despair And rekindle the lights of human freedom. Freedom has many… Read More

A funny name for a street

One of my favorite roads in Jerusalem is “Kaf Tet beNovember Street.” It goes through the neighborhood of Katamon, where I used to spend a lot of time. But more than the street itself, I love the name. Kaf Tet beNovember is not just a street name – it is a date – today’s date… Read More

An extraordinary expression of family love

November 14 (the 25th of Cheshvan) was the 50th anniversary of my father’s death. On his death bed, my father, Louis Shapiro, expressed his love for his son in an unusual way. While at work in Ellenville, NY where I lived, I received the painful phone call from my sister Frances informing me that my… Read More

Totality worth it

After a tiresome 13-hour drive, my family and I arrived at our hotel in Kentucky – we were now officially eclipse-chasers! Exhausted, we immediately went to sleep, but I had difficulty sleeping because I couldn’t stop thinking of the exciting event that brought us here – the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017. I had never seen an eclipse… Read More

At TAMIDcon 2017, students learned about business through Israel

More than 175 passionate college business students gathered in early September for TAMIDcon, bringing together student leaders from each of TAMID Group’s 46 college chapters that offer students experiential learning through business in Israel. For TAMID’s leadership, it is the most highly anticipated event of the year filled with learning, creating, and collaborating. This was… Read More

Magen Davids in Latvia

How would you feel if you stopped at an end-of-year fair to buy some handmade souvenirs and saw a decorated Xmas-tree surrounded by children with decorated Stars of David in their hands? Most likely, a feeling of disgust would prick your heart, while your brain came up with some justification: Chanukah and the New Year… Read More

A Canadian view of the refugee crisis

Like all Canadians, I am fascinated and horrified by the news of desperate refugees seeking asylum in Canada. It boggles my mind. I am transfixed. These stories are too close to my heart.  Over thirty years ago I came to Canada as a young refugee, but to get here I had to first walk over… Read More

Welcoming refugees: a moral imperative

In his newly-revised, controversial executive order, President Trump suspended significant parts of the United States refugee program for 120 days and also decreased the number of refugees allowed into our country by 50%. It blocks the entry of people who are suffering greatly and are fleeing their country because of persecution. I feel personally connected to… Read More