Defeating Death (Nitzavim) Only now, reaching Nitzavim-Vayelech, can we begin to get a sense of the vast, world- changing project at the heart of the Divine-human encounter that took place in the lifetime of Moses and the birth of Jews/Hebrews/Israel as a nation. Death as a cult ! “Judaism is a sustained protest against this world-view”.
Tuesday evening Israelseen blogger Steve Kramer and I went to a “meet up” hosted by Jeff Pulver in Tel Aviv. It was pretty noisy from the music blasting but we still managed to talk to a few of the many young entrepreneurs who showed up in order to meet and network. We were excited by the amazing energy that filled the bar and the outside yard where schmoozing was the aim of the night. We hope to present some of the unique start ups on israelseen soon.
Jonathan Sacks : There’s an old and totally apocryphal story about the nineteenth century French Jewish aristocrat Baron de Rothschild, whose wife was in her bedroom with a nurse, in the last stages of delivery while he was sitting downstairs playing a game of cards with his friends. Suddenly they heard her cry, ‘Mon Dieu, Mon Dieu.’ ‘Baron,’ said his friends, ‘go up to your wife. She needs you. Continue Reading »