Tu B’Shvat

Today is Tu B’Shvat, the Jewish holiday on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. It is also called Rosh HaShanah La’lanot, meaning, “New Year of the Trees”. Did you know that Israel is 60% desert. But it has over 200 million trees? Israel is one of the […]

75th Wedding Anniversary

“They were just teenagers when they met. Through the barbed wire. In the concentration camp. They had nothing when they married. Hardly any family left. Hardly any clothing of their own. Little food. No money. Today my grandparents celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary. They often hold hands, although they claim […]

Life-Changing Encounter

‘My mother always said, “Troy, always be nice, you never know who you will meet that could change your life.” I had the pleasure of sitting next to Rabbi Kalman Samuels on my flight to Miami today and having the most fascinating talk about life: dreams, meaning of life and […]