Three articles in Jewish Home this week

Here are the links to my articles in Jewish Home this week:

TALKING ABOUT ADDICTION PREVENTION IN LOS ANGELES

MEMORIAL DAY FOR ETHIOPIAN JEWRY

THOUSANDS OF JEWS COME TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE LAG B’OMER ON PICO BLVD

Have a wonderful Shabbos!

Short historical piece and an article this week

In honor of Lag Baomer, my short historical piece, On a Journey, is in this week’s Tachlis Magazine, page 58.

Also for Lag Baomer, an article about the upcoming parade here in LA in Jewish Home.

Have a wonderful Shabbos, and a great Lag Baomer!

Greetings from Eretz Yisrael and article about Jews in South Korea

Hi everyone!

Hope your Pesach preparations are going well. We’re, B”H, spending Pesach in Eretz Yisrael this year, and we’re very grateful to be here. If any of my readers are also in E”Y for Pesach and would like to meet up, please email me.

Meanwhile, my article about being Jewish in South Korea is in this week’s Tachlis Magazine, on page 66. Hope you enjoy it.

Have a wonderful Shabbos!

Two articles in Jewish Home and upcoming story in Hamodia’s Pesach supplement

Hope everyone’s Pesach preparations are going well. I had two articles in Jewish Home last week — sorry, I didn’t get a chance to post before Shabbos. MENTAL HEALTH REFERRALS FOR THE JEWISH COMMUNITY: RELIEF RESOURCES COME TO LOS ANGELES and, sadly, a tribute to Adam Krief, a”h.

Heads up — look out for my story, Growing with Barley, in the Hamodia Pesach story supplement.

Article about the Persian Jewish community in Tachlis Magazine

In honor of the month of Adar and upcoming Purim, my article, Persian Jews in Los Angeles: Carrying on the Tradition, is on page 48 of Tachlis Magazine, issue # 72. Enjoy!

Six articles in Jewish Home this week

I didn’t actually write all of them this week, but they got published this week. Here are the links:

THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE: A MISHMAR PROGRAM AT YPLA

Holistic Torah Study: Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum in Los Angeles

LEARNING LEAGUE: A PROGRAM FOR FATHERS AND SONS AT YAYOE

Spiritual Antidotes to Today’s Challenges: Mrs. Chani Juravel in Los Angeles

Uniting the World through Emunah: Junity’s Annual Unity Conference

and a short article about an upcoming event on page 9 of the paper.

Have a wonderful Shabbos!

Latest articles in Jewish Home

Hi everyone,

Sorry I’ve fallen behind in updating my blog. Below are links to my latest Jewish Home articles:

WORKING FOR THE KLAL: A CONVERSATION WITH THE OUTGOING PRESIDENT OF THE OU MARTIN NACHIMSON

THE BAAL SHEM TOV ART NIGHT AT MAAYON YISROEL

Witness to History: A Judaica Exhibition Brings History Alive

Hope you enjoy them!

Story in Inyan this week

My story, Royal Reward, will be in Hamodia’s Inyan Magazine this week, IY”H. It’s historical fiction about the translation of the Torah into Greek, and is set in Alexandria, Egypt in the times of Ptolemy II. Hope you enjoy it!

Excerpt from Swords and Scrolls and interview with the author (yours truly :))


Would you like to read an excerpt from my Chanuka novel, Swords and Scrolls? Tachlis Magazine published an excerpt and a Q&A with the author (that’s me :)) in this week’s issue.

Enjoy, and share with friends and family! Happy Chanuka!

Happy Chanuka!

The situation was impossible. The odds were next to none. The most powerful army in the world against a rag tag bunch of Jewish rebels who’d never held a weapon in their lives. And yet, they felt they had no other choice. They had to take a stand.

They won the war — because G-d was fighting their battles. In Haneiros Hallalu that we sing while lighting the Chanuka menorah, we thank G-d “for the miracles and wonders, for the salvations and the battles that You performed for our forefathers in those days at this time, through the hand of Your holy kohanim.” The kohanim were an instrument, a vessel through which the miracle took place. That was their greatness — that they were able to give up their own identities and become the agents of G-d’s will in this world. Kohanim, descendants of Aharon, who are lovers of peace. Kohanim, who strictly observe the laws of ritual purity and stay far away from death’s touch, not attending funerals except for close relatives, not visiting cemeteries. Those holy people overcame their natural inclinations and did what they felt was right. By giving up their own desires, they allowed G-d to take charge. And once G-d is fighting the battles nothing is impossible.

Sometimes, when the world seems enveloped in darkness, we feel powerless to make a difference. But we can remind ourselves that it is G-d Who is fighting our battles. We don’t need to worry about our odds. We just need to do what’s right, whether or not it comes naturally to us.

May the light of our Chanuka candles illuminate the world with Divine light! Happy Chanuka!