His new album, which comes out this week, is titled “Hold The Fire.” For an artist who loves his art and is moved to spread light, it’s hard to think of a better title.
During the perilous times we are living through today, when Jews worldwide feel so threatened, it is gratifying to reflect on the fact that some members of our community actively sought out Judaism, and wear that label with unremitting pride.
Something tells me that prayers of love are answered more than prayers of hate, and Israel is loved where it counts.
I never doubted my decision to live in Israel.
Even before Oct. 7, Benjamin Netanyahu’s legacy as Israel’s longest-serving leader was highly complicated.
So, were we better off then or now? It’s a mix.
Israel’s war against Hamas following the Oct. 7 attacks has brought politically charged anti-Zionist buzzwords to a head.
Laphonza Butler was sworn into the United States Senate to succeed Dianne Feinstein on Oct. 1, only days before the Simchat Torah massacre in Israel.
If we feel guilty 24/7 for living our lives, we won’t be able to support our Jewish brothers and sisters in Israel, who need us to be strong now more than ever.
I wonder how, as a Jewish American writer, I can possibly return to capturing the kinds of human interest stories, general musings and personality profiles that have nothing to do with Israel, antisemitism and other urgent issues.