MEET DINA OVADIA

Dina Ovadia grew up in Alexandria, Egypt. She only found out she was Jewish as a teenager, when Salafist terrorists invaded her families home, forcing them to leave the country. Today, she serves in the Arabic-speaking department of the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. Photo Source: Israel Defense Forces

WHAT DO YOU WANT MOST FOR HER?

“What do you want most for her?” “Before you ask that, you must know what we want for ourselves. Sure we want her to be happy. And to be successful. But for us, above all, it is about serving God.” Humans of New York, April 8, 2014

“WHO IS WISE?”

“Who is wise? One who learns from every man… Who is strong? One who overpowers his inclinations… Who is rich? One who is satisfied with his lot… Who is honorable? One who honors his fellows.” – Ben Zoma, Ethics of the Fathers, 4:1 This is my favorite quote because it […]

IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

“If I am not for me, who is for me; and if I am (only) for myself, what am I. And if not now, when?” – Hillel, Ethics of the Fathers, 1:14 I find this to be the most inspirational and motivating message. I was created for a specific purpose […]

PEARLS OF LIFE

Once there was a gentile who came before Shammai and said, “Convert me to Judaism, on the condition that you teach me the entire Torah while standing on one leg.” Shammai took a measuring rod and chased him away. The gentile then came before Hillel with the same request. “What […]

ALL FOR THE BEST: Rabbi Pliskin

Ultimately whatever happens to us is for our good. The Talmud relates a story about two people who wanted to travel by boat. One broke his foot and was unable to make the trip, while his friend got on the boat. The one who missed the boat cursed his misfortune. […]