Hebrew is Magic: Tolerate This!

Today’s word is based on the following billboard, currently posted in my hometown of Ra’anana. In many countries around the world, including Israel, June is Pride Month. This billboard declares that here in Ra’anana, we celebrate both ge’ava (“pride”) and…

Hebrew is Magic: We All See the Light

As you can imagine, there’s a lot of talk in Israel right now about the plight of the hostages. The major question on everyone’s mind: Is there any chance we’ll get them out alive? However, an equally important question lies…

Hebrew is Magic: Full Speed Ahead

Dear friends, This week we celebrated Israel’s 76th birthday. What was once a vision and a distant dream has since become our tangible homeland. In the Zionist spirit, we’re going to unpack one of the words in the first stanza…

Hebrew is Magic: The Whole in Peaces

Last week, we concluded our Passover Seders as we always do, with the familiar phrase “Next year in Jerusalem.” This expression has always struck me as peculiar, considering that Jerusalem is already under our control (and has been for nearly…

Hebrew is Magic: A Slave to Our Past

Dear friends, Pesach is upon us, and as you may know, it’s the holiday of fours: four names, four cups of wine, four children, four questions. In that same spirit, we’re going to examine four words from the Haggadah and…

Hebrew is Magic: Take a Deep Breath

Dear friends, As many of you know, I moved to Israel to enlist in the IDF when I was a whopping 24 years old. That means I was older than my comrades, my commanders, and my officers! Plenty of people,…

Hebrew is Magic: Under Contract

As a self-employed stand-up comedian and author, I spend a lot of time with contracts – writing them, reviewing them, and once in a while, arguing over the finer points within. I know I’m not alone. It used to be…

Hebrew is Magic: Lost in Transition

Dear friends, I don’t know about you, but transitions have always been hard for me. The final morning of summer camp? Yep, that was me curled up in the back of the bus, crying like the proverbial baby. The day…

Hebrew is Magic: Rooted in Courage

Dear friends, Three years ago, my longtime friend Rachel and her husband adopted two children – siblings from a small town in Wisconsin. Last summer, they adopted two more kids from the same family. As you can probably guess, Rachel…