ben Alexander

In Hebrew, ‘ben’ (בן) means ‘son’ or ‘son of’.

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David Bogomolny was born in Jerusalem to parents who made Aliyah from the USSR in the mid-70’s. He grew up in America and returned to Israel as an adult. He works as an advocate for religious freedom in Israel. He and his wife and daughter live in Jerusalem.

He began writing the ‘Skeptic’s Kaddish for the Atheist’ in Jerusalem, Israel, 30 days after burying his father in South Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. His series was originally published on the Times of Israel blogs.

Read his kaddish memoir.

118 thoughts on “ben Alexander”

  1. Thanks for stopping by my site! I’ve looked all around yours and love it, it reminds me of my wonderful trip to Israel including Jerusalem years ago. It also reminds me of why I strive to not only accept folks from other places or that have other beliefs, but to learn about them and enjoy the new perspectives! About those giant spiders, I took one almost as large and black from my living room last night and placed it upstairs where there are poisonous recluse spiders…they hunt them for me! A benefit of having a log cabin in a Kentucky forest.

  2. Thank you for visiting my blog. I read some of your viscerally poignant blogs – deep inside i resonate with your pain and your doubts – as am a skeptic and disconnected with my religion. There is a certain emptiness that corrodes the soul if one loses touch with one’s own ability to have faith. I would keep reading and this is more of an immediate connect. warmly gagan

    1. Gagan, I have to tell you that Nightcrawler is a movie that I immensely enjoyed – I actually rewatched it just recently! I really enjoyed your analysis of it… It’s very nice to meet you 😀

      Yours,
      David

  3. Hi David,

    You dropped by my blog so I just wanted to say nice to meet you, and in response to your writings (which I copied and pasted in this comment section for me to reply to):

    Shalom from Jerusalem, Friends.

    When I first launched this blog in the spring of 2020, the openness and kindness of the WP blogging community caught me unawares and continue to warm my heart.

    Please don’t hesitate to respond to my posts – I make every effort to answer all comments and nurture respectful conversation!

    All best,
    David

    WordPress is the greatest platform to blog on and I am so glad to hear that you received kindness and such a warm welcome from the community.

    I hope you continue to feel at home and enjoy your time sharing and connecting for as long as your heart desires.

    Sincerely,
    LaToya

  4. Hello, David. I want to thank you for visiting my blog, Silent Pariah, and for liking my most recent post, “Burden of Proof: The Damning Consequences of Skepticism.” I was delighted to get the notification that someone had taken the time to read my post. My blog is in its infancy–just a tad over two months old–and visitors are few and far between. I’m honored that you were kind enough to read my work and give it a like. It means a lot to me and has been the highlight of my day. Much appreciated! 🙂 Best regards, Mike U.

    1. Mike, it’s nice to meet you. My father had a form of meningitis (or something similar) in his mid-twenties and the antibiotics he was given made him entirely deaf in one year and partially deaf in the other… his hearing continued to deteriorate over the course of his life, and the experience had a profound effect upon the trajectory of his life… I have a sense of what you’re going through (from the perspective of a family member of a person with a similar condition).


      David

      1. I’m sorry to learn your father experienced deafness in such a similar way. It is quite isolating and has, at least for me, resulted in a reclusive lifestyle. A major reason for creating my blog was to reach out to other deaf people like myself who may be isolated and “stuck between” the hearing and deaf worlds. It certainly lightened my heart a bit when you expressed that you have a sense of what I’m going through due to your experience with your father’s deafness. These connections mean a lot to me and others struggling with deafness-imposed isolation. Thanks, David, for sharing this info with me. It’s so nice to know there are people out there who understand. 🙂

        1. Mike, it’s more than my pleasure.

          I must say that losing his hearing changed the trajectory of my father’s life quite dramatically…. and it affected him in ways that he wouldn’t even share. Of course, it also affected me and my mother too (and my younger brother who was born many years later) – it was just so much a part of the person we all knew.

          Yours,
          David

  5. Hi David! Thank you for visiting Niel Dann’s blog and liking my recent post. I am beyond grateful for it and a chance of getting to know bloggers like you is truly a gift. I wish all the best!

    Stay safe!
    Niel Dann

  6. David, thank you for liking my post yesterday. I do not have many followers and it was a boost to receive your positive “like”. I find it remarkable that we are communicating across the globe. All of us exuding the gifts given us from above and sharing those gifts! Blessings to you and yours! Jan Troidle

      1. Upstate NY, Ballston Lake. This was my first post in months…been in a funk and your encouragement most helpful. thanks a million!

      2. I’m sitting outside on my porch for morning prayer time. The emerald grass and fucia flowers are singing to my soul a song of peace and beauty. Our God is so good!

      3. I know my writing and poetry is very basic, but yours, yours is exquisite, so different, magnetic. You are blessed!

  7. Hi David, just wanted to drop by to say hello and to thank you for visiting my website. There’s so much creativity and inspiration out there in the wordpress world, it’s beautiful to see.
    Sending all good wishes for you and your writing!
    Jill London

  8. David, I always appreciate your appreciation for my scribbles on Friendly Freethinker. As a former minister and once-upon-a-faith “jews for jesus” guy, it’s good to connect with another freethinker in Jerusalem. Shalom to you and in your life!

    1. Chris, I find your writing to be incredibly refreshing, TBH. I’m really glad that bloggers like you are around – your writings reinforce my confidence in my sanity 🙂

      Yours,
      David

  9. Thank you for continuously reading and liking my poems. I can’t imagine what drives you to read them, also liking them. But I’m really appreciative of it. Thanks again!

  10. Hi David,
    just to show you nervous I was at my Reading yesterday,,I gave you a shout out as ben and after I said Kaushal, our mutual reader friend so it sounded like ben Kaushal…interesting combination but not what I wanted to say:) Sorry about that:) I was of course, thinking of you🌹

  11. Hello David, thank you for liking my latest post. I like your ‘The Sceptic’s Kaddish’. I learned a lot about English while teaching it to Spanish students. John Dickinson

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