12 Years: Remembering Marla

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Yesterday, my wife Shoshana and I saw the movie Boyhood. As most people know by now, the movie was filmed over the course of 12 years. You get to watch the child actors grow up and the adult actors grow older, right before your eyes.Continue reading “12 Years: Remembering Marla”

Books, Bullies, Beit Shemesh: A Sermon for Parashat Bo

My two older sons recently did something very strange and surprising: they started reading a lot! The reason is that they found a book – or actually a series of books – that they really like. It’s called Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It’s a fictional, first-person account of something most of us would ratherContinue reading “Books, Bullies, Beit Shemesh: A Sermon for Parashat Bo”

Gilad and Marla

The Lord giveth. The Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. – Job 1:21 Five years ago, on June 25, 2006, Gilad Shalit was abducted by Hamas terrorists near the Gaza border. Four years earlier, on July 31, 2002, my friend Marla Bennett – along with eight others – was murdered inContinue reading “Gilad and Marla”

A Reflection on the 15th Anniversary of the Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin

By Shoshana and Micah Streiffer Orna was standing on a hill overlooking the border between the West Bank and Israel. She explained that before the Six Day War, the area that we were looking at was Jordan, and sniper fire frequently came across the border into her settlement. Orna then mentioned a rally that sheContinue reading “A Reflection on the 15th Anniversary of the Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin”

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