Category Archives: April 2017

Why Be Jewish? 

Jerusalem, Israel - July 20, 2013: Late on a Saturday night, after Shabbat, a man sings and plays guitar before a small audience on Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem.

“Why Be Jewish?” With Purim having just passed by, that was definitely one of our top selling points. I dressed up in costume, was completely carefree for an evening, and took shots with my rabbi. Uh…score! We also have Chanukkah, and since everybody loves presents and fried food, who wouldn’t want to be Jewish? However, for an outsider looking to ... Read More »



I had gone in to the music store only intending to purchase Amir Benayoun’s new CD, since I was going to an upcoming concert by Benayoun, and wanted to do my homework. As the guy at the store was ringing me up, he suggested I get a CD by Etty Ankri (she, like Benayoun, is a pop star who “returned” ... Read More »


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Let’s face it. There was an awful lot of kvetching as Moses led our ancestors out of Egypt. The Israelites whined about the food – “We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic” (Numbers 11:5). They whined about the lack of water. And ... Read More »

Make Passover Meaningful  


It’s Passover night, and we are wondering to ourselves, “haven’t we heard this story already?” We all know the basic narrative. The Jews were enslaved in Egypt. Moses confronted Pharaoh, demanding the Jews be freed. When he refused, G-d inflicted ten plagues on the Egyptians. Finally Pharaoh relents, and the Jews march out of Egypt. Then Pharaoh regrets his decision, ... Read More »

Entrepreneur and Advocate   


Adam Milstein fights for fairness on college campuses. Jlife recently had the opportunity to interview Adam Milstein an Israeli real estate investor and philanthropist. Milstein is a managing partner with Hager Pacific Properties, which specializes in acquiring, rehabilitating and repositioning industrial, retail, office and multi-family properties. He and his wife Gila have also established the Gila and Adam Milstein Family ... Read More »

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