Anti-Netanyahu voting strategy

The one voting issue Israelis will go to the polls on November 1st for the fifth time in ~3.5 years. I won't rehash our recent electoral history, other than to say that this insanity of going to vote over and over again revolves entirely around one individual: former Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu. Putting aside… Continue reading Anti-Netanyahu voting strategy

Looks, swims, quacks, or: Silly goose

A Choka even though I'm blessed even though it gives me pride even for a cause even with kind, friendly folks even for good pay even with a strong union even close to home even at a storied site It feels much like work to me Choka? The most intricate Japanese Poetry form is the… Continue reading Looks, swims, quacks, or: Silly goose

Jerusalem, or: Haifa

I cheated on Jerusalem with Haifa of the free; free; free of strife, of tension, not to mention: of hostility; Floating in Haifa, 'pon the sea, squinting at the sun, one with wave breaks, done playing brave; beaming, having fun; I cheated on Jerusalem with Haifa for a time, time, time; heart charting its smooth… Continue reading Jerusalem, or: Haifa

Netanyahu’s blatant, cynical lies

It's natural for thinking people to doubt what politicians say; and, to an extent, I don't even blame them for lying and stretching the truth for votes because that is, sadly, how elections are won. The reality is simple: most people vote with their guts and don't follow politics closely. Our politicians know this well.… Continue reading Netanyahu’s blatant, cynical lies

Jewish communal professional

My co-worker was a rabbi By tremendous coincidence, one of my co-workers at The Jewish Agency for Israel was a rabbi who served at one of my hometown (East Brunswick, NJ) synagogues for six years. He is approximately my age. I mention this because it goes back to my once-dream of becoming a rabbi, which… Continue reading Jewish communal professional

The Verso-Rhyme, or: Form verses creativity

Sangeetha & David's new poetry project Once upon a time, two poets who'd never met in person spontaneously began writing verses back and forth to one another over the Internet. Their first poetry project took them some nine months: a 100 verse Hyakuin. Once they'd completed their oeuvre, the two decided to continue their creative… Continue reading The Verso-Rhyme, or: Form verses creativity

Humanity, or: Me

A haibun Tonight, my wife, daughter and I went out to watch the fireworks for Israel's Independence Day, which follows immediately after Israel's Memorial Day. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the last time we went out to watch the fireworks was three years ago, just before I flew to the USA for the unveiling of… Continue reading Humanity, or: Me

The young age of forty-two

Reasons for global immigration Push factors Push factors are reasons that compel or push people to leave the area of where they reside and settle someplace else. Common factors can include armed conflict, disaster exposure, gender inequality, lack of job opportunities, political corruption, and lack of access to competent healthcare and education. In simple terms,… Continue reading The young age of forty-two