Tisha B’Av: Giving The Benefit of the Doubt

Tisha B’Av – the infamous day in Jewish history on which both of our Temples were destroyed and many other atrocities befell our people – is linked to the episode in the Torah where the meraglim (spies) set out to see the Land of Israel before the Children of Israel entered it. All but two […]

Out and About (and the Benefit of the Doubt)

They call it m’yam l’yam which literally means from “sea to sea;” and when I agreed to do it, I was surely suffering from a bout of temporary insanity. Israel’s really narrow, I told myself. How cool would it be to hike across [read: tell people I hiked across] an entire country?!

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