Read here Rabbi’s texts on different subjects, where he continues to express his ideas based on the vastness of both our antique and contemporary sources.
Feb 1, 2024
Tracing the Complex History of the State of Israel [part 2] +
In the 1850s, a new variety of orange was discovered in the citrus orchards of Jaffa, and by 1890, the new Shamouti orange—large, oval, and juicy—had made its way to Queen Victoria's table. The colony of Rehovot discovered the virtues of citrus in the 1920s. Rehovot was founded in 1890 on 10,600 dunams of the Ottoman feudal state of Duran, located approximately 24 kilometers southeast of Jaffa.
Jan 2, 2024
Tracing the Complex History of the State of Israel [part 1] +
When we were kids, we learned about the People of Israel, the conquest of Canaan, and the declaration of the State of Israel and its pioneers. It is very likely that the early European migrants, much like our heroes from the Torah, omitted certain passages from these stories that weren't suitable for children who were meant to grow up with love for the Promised Land, its history, and its heroes.
Dec 1, 2023
Standing United for Israel in Washington, D.C. +
Once again, I must begin my article in the Temple Times with images of an event I witnessed, just as it happened with last month's and the one before. What I experienced this week in Washington D.C. was so immensely significant that it will be challenging to describe it solely in written words.
Nov 1, 2023
Who Owns the Holy Land? +
Once again, vivid memories flood my mind as I write for the Temple Times. Almost all beautiful memories, like those we experienced during the rally at the JCC, praying, crying, and singing together for Israel, for those families waiting to hear news about their kidnapped loved ones, for the wounded, for those who lost their lives. We prayed, sang, and cried for the unfortunate confirmation that almost 20 years of avoiding a larger-scale war conflict were in vain. In all those years, Israel did not manage to live in peace, and lives were lost, their sacrifices failing to lead us to peace.
Oct 8, 2023
Statement Condemning Recent Attacks Against Israel +
Members of Temple Beth El of Utica strongly condemn the savage attacks carried out by extremist fanatics from the terrorist organization Hamas against both military and civilian populations in Israel.
Oct 1, 2023
An Important Year Ahead
I am writing these lines as the melodies and words of the prayers of Yamim Noraim (High Holy Days) confront our conscience with the possibility of improving our future through the self-reflection that is still resonating in our heads, bodies, and souls.
Sep 1, 2023
A Path Toward Coexistence
I still have the images in my mind of the beautiful celebration at Temple Beth El for my rabbinical ordination.
Interestingly, what impacts me the most in those images is not only the affection, care, love, and respect I received that night from people with all different convictions within our Jewish community in Utica and its surroundings, as well as from so many non-Jewish people who hold a special place in my heart, but also the fact that we were all celebrating together, regardless of the differences in ideology, beliefs, interpretations of the law or rituals that we might have.
Aug 1, 2023
This Is What a Jew Looks Like
I want to share a short, interesting story with you. It is not mine; it is from another Argentine Rabbi I know, Rabbi Guido Cohen. Here it is:
Jun 1, 2023
The Importance of Resilience
During the last week, what went well for you?
To rephrase the question: Two weeks ago, what did you expect to happen last week?
Which question received a better response, the first one or the second one?
May 1, 2023
The Importance of Silence
When we listen to music, regardless of our choice or level of passion for it, we quickly learn it is not just about the musical notes. Equally crucial are the rests, which provide the cadence, give rise to the rhythm, and allow the notes to vibrate and transmit even while they are silent.
Apr 2, 2023
We Were Once Not Free
This month, we are supposed to be valuing the concept of freedom, tasting the matza during our Sedarim, our Passover dinners, remembering why our ancestors ate it on their way out of Egypt.
Mar 1, 2023
A Message of Identity
When we move away from the people we usually spend time with and move from a house where we were living for a while sharing our lives with neighbors, it is generally difficult for us to maintain a close bond with them while away.