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Archive: July 2015

The Holy Wimp

Posted on July 9, 2015

By Aryeh Ben David   For all the time and drama and words and prayers this month — it really is not so complicated. Let’s simplify it down to the most basic level:
 The month of Elul leads up to Rosh HaShana. 
Rosh HaShana leads up to Yom HaKippurim. Yom HaKippurim is called Yom HaSlicha Continue Reading »

On the New York City Subway

Posted on June 30, 2015

By Aryeh Ben David (Article reprinted on Times of Israel,, JFS Seattle, eJewish Philanthropy, and I am taking the Broadway #1 train from Penn Station to Van Cortlandt Park in the late afternoon. Van Cortlandt Park is the last stop on the line. About three stops from the end, everyone in my car exits. Continue Reading »

Shavuot… It’s Not About the Learning.

Posted on May 21, 2015

By Aryeh Ben David Published in Ayeka’s newsletter  May 21, 2015   I wonder if people are excited about Shavuot. I’m excited about cheesecake and the walk to the Kotel. I’m excited about being with friends and wandering the streets of Jerusalem late at night. But am I excited about sitting in shiurim – ehh. Continue Reading »

The Educator as the Tour Guide of the Soul

Posted on January 26, 2015

By Aryeh Ben David Published in Ayeka’s newsletter  February 2, 2015   If there is one message of the Torah – if there is one idea the Torah is trying to convey to each of us – it is that we all have a calling. Abraham, the first Jew, was called. We are being called; Continue Reading »

A Small Victory

Posted on December 4, 2014

By Aryeh Ben David Published in Ayeka’s newsletter  December 4, 2014   A small victory – I didn’t judge anyone yesterday. In fact, I think I’m doing pretty good today too.  I have always struggled with judging other people. Not only on the big issues – religion, politics, lifestyle – but also on the really Continue Reading »