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 a grant writer for the Jewish Agency for 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.

227 thoughts on “ben Alexander”

  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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 🙂


  4. 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!

  5. 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🌹

  6. 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

  7. I wanted to comment on The skeptic’s kaddish but I couldn’t find a comment box. Loved it, especially ‘English breaks upon the teeth’ (I hope I quoted that correctly; I don’t have the post in front of me).

  8. i do. i love the language. when i returned to the usa, i continued exploring Hebrew by way of the cabbala & spiritual tarot (which includes also the Hebrew alphabet). it has been many years now, but Hebrew is still close to my heart.

  9. great to get a closer look at your blog! i lived in jerusalem in the mid 1960’s on rehov shmuel hanavi after living on two kibbutzim first. it was my coming-of-age adventure! i remember jerusalem fondly, as well as kibbutz maayan tsvi for the ulpan where i learned hebrew & then kibbutz ein gedi by the dead sea where i became a member.

    your blog brings back wonderful memories! ❤️thank you!🙏🏼

  10. Hi, thank you for visiting my site. I loved reading your work, but not finished yet. You’ve gained a new follower here. I am new here, and I am not sure why I cannot find the like button on some of the posts.

  11. David, I’m having a hard time accessing your blog posts from the WP app. I will try my best to continue reading your blog, but I might not be able to toggle the Like button. I apologize for my limitations.

  12. I think around 1910 to Chicago. My mother was born in Costa Rica in the late 40’s:) My mother is no longer alive, Allah yirhamha! I have an interesting blood mixture:)

      1. Dear Ben — It is wonderful that you have visited with me on my blog and I am so pleased. Thank you. I want to tell you I have looked at your blog and am fascinated with it. Keep up the good work and thanks again.

        1. John, it’s very nice to meet you!

          Please feel free to call me by my first name, which is ‘David’. The word ‘ben’ is Hebrew for ‘son of’, and my father’s name was ‘Alexander’. ‘ben Alexander’ thus became my pen name, but I’m actually a ‘David’

          All best,

          1. King David of Ancient Israel was one of my favorite heroes. David Ben Oshie of Brooklyn, New York is an Internet friend and my baby sitter for years, Jeanette Juand was Jewish … possibly by conversion. Now you have been courteous and kind to me so I am much appreciative. Thank you. Be blessed in all that you do.

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