Author Archives: Ariel Natan Pasko

Rambam and Aliyah to the Temple Mount

Tomb of the Rambam (Maimonides)

Earlier in the week, the 20th of Tevet, marked the Yom Hillula (day of festivity) or Yahrtzeit, of the Rambam (Maimonides). He died in 1204. So, I thought it would be interesting to look at a major event in his life, that might have been missed by some, back at the end of October.

Born Free, Die Free, L’Hiyot Am Chofshi

Free or not? Your choice

Think Israelis are copacetic with SARS-CoV-2 lockdowns? Think again! A significant portion of them want to be free of them, and free in general.

Pollard for President of Israel

Jonathan Pollard, early 1980s

Recently [20 November 2020], five years to the day, after Jonathan Pollard was paroled (with severe restrictions) from the federal penitentiary, the US Parole Commission issued a certificate terminating parole and removing the restrictions that were imposed on him. He had served an excessive thirty years of his unjust life sentence, for transmitting classified information to Israel (convicted of Espionage, not Treason), in helping a friendly state.

Toledot: Jewish Genealogy

A toledah - plural toledot - from ancient Mesopotamia

“And these are the generations of Isaac, the son of Abraham; Abraham begot Isaac,” (Genesis 25:19). That’s how this week’s Torah reading, Toledot, starts out. Genealogy is important to Jews. We know who our progenitors are, and we honor them.

Rabbi Kahane, the Sarah Solution, and Peace

Rabbi Kahane addressing a New York Jewish youth group in 1975

Rabbi Kahane, martyred 30 years ago, most famously proposed expelling Arab residents who couldn’t or wouldn’t get along with Jews.

Shoftim: Tzedek, Chasidut and the Tzadik State of Israel

For Shoftim - picture of a Roman infantryman passing the Sanhedrin building

This week’s Torah reading, Parshat Shoftim, teaches “Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof…Justice and Righteousness shall you pursue, so that you may live and possess the land HaShem (the God of Israel) your God is giving you,” (Deuteronomy 16:20).

Re’eh: God’s Chosen Place for the Temple in Jerusalem

Temple Mount fountain stand. The one place Jews have on the Temple Mount.

Has anyone noticed the irony of what took place this past week? While on Wednesday, President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu both made televised announcements of a peace agreement, the Abraham Accord, between Israel and the United Arab Emirates; the Torah reading, Parshat Re’eh, on Shabbat, mentioned fifteen times about building the Beit Hamikdash (the Holy Temple) on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, “…the place which the Lord, your God, will choose to establish His Name…”

It Can’t Happen Here! Oh Yes It Can!

From the American Galut back to Israel: an El Al flight loading at Liberty Airport

The current Galut, or place of exile, is the United States of America. It may end – and Jews are preparing to return from exile to Israel.

The real reason the Beit HaMikdash was destroyed

The Temple Mount, all that's left of the Beit HaMikdash or Temple, remains a constant source of contention.

“Any generation in which the Beit HaMikdash [the Temple] was not rebuilt in their days, it’s considered as if they destroyed it.” (Talmud Yerushalmi Yoma 5a).

Needed: More Daughters of Zelophehad in Israel Today

Daughters of Zelophehad

The original Daughters of Zelophehad demanded and got a portion of the inheritance of Israel. Their modern counterparts have proved their worth today.