ben Alexander

In Hebrew, ‘ben’ (ื‘ืŸ) 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.

221 thoughts on “ben Alexander”

  1. Thanks for your “like”. It, of course, prompted me to visit your site which I find most intriguing. I’m only now, in my 70s, re-engaging poetry as the language of the heart. I look forward to learning from you.

  2. I donโ€™t know how to read your most recent blog entries like I once did. The site has changed some. When I tried to subscribe by email, I got an error. How can I read your blog on WordPress? Miss reading your stories. Princess2ears (Sheila)

  3. Thanks for dropping by my site – it means a lot. I’m new to this blogging world and I am really digging the randomness of ‘likes’ that helps one discover new blogs like yours. I’ve really enjoyed reading through your posts this morning and look forward to keeping up-to-date with your world.

  4. Thank you for visiting my blog. This is my 2nx time becoming a widower; that someone is reading my shouts into the void means a lot.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 ๐Ÿ˜€


  7. 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 donโ€™t hesitate to respond to my posts โ€“ I make every effort to answer all comments and nurture respectful conversation!

    All best,

    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.


  8. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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).


      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. ๐Ÿ™‚

        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.


  9. 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

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