The Eclectic Musical Talent of Rabbi Jan

The Eclectic Musical Talent of Rabbi Jan

When Rabbi Jan finally asked G-d, “If the music is so important, what’s more important?” G-d answered, “A false sense of perfectionism is more important to you.” After this very painful “blind spot” revelation, Rabbi Jan immediately found a studio and committed to...
A Modern Day Ruth

A Modern Day Ruth

Living in Cleveland, Ohio, in an all-Jewish neighborhood, Cynthia Schneider, the wife of Rabbi Kirt Schneider, often felt alienated while growing up. Whenever there was a Jewish holiday, she would stand alone at the bus stop for school. Jewish girls in the...
If There Are No Serious Attacks, We Can’t Talk

If There Are No Serious Attacks, We Can’t Talk

As the date and time was set for an interview, the text from Yuriy Bereza from Kyiv was received, “Shalom! If there are no serious attacks, we can talk!” Scheduling an interview with someone in a different country, especially one that is in the middle of a war...
Reach Initiative International in Ukraine

Reach Initiative International in Ukraine

“It was absolutely heartbreaking. The devastation. The displacement. People were sometimes standing for more than twenty-four hours in the bitter cold waiting to be processed to cross the border. It is gut-wrenching to know these mothers, children, and the elderly...
The Russo-Ukrainian war and the lessons of Purim

The Russo-Ukrainian war and the lessons of Purim

These seem to be the days of Vladimir Putin, the president who presides over Russia, a federation spanning parts of Europe and Asia across eleven time zones, the ninth-most populous country on earth, and Kyiv, Ukraine home to over 145 million diverse souls. Romania...
Antisemitism – From the Crusades and Beyond

Antisemitism – From the Crusades and Beyond

As the world recently observed Holocaust Remembrance Day, hopefully, every- one is learning and understanding that antisemitism, often described as “the oldest hatred,” has persisted throughout history, before and beyond the Holocaust. Because of this continuous...