Jewish Journal

  • Terror, BDS & the “Isaac Factor”

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    November 20, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    As I looked at the gruesome images of bodies laying on the floor in a Jerusalem synagogue, wrapped in Talit and Tefillin and drenched in blood, what came to mind is the haunting poem by Hayim Nahman Bialik, “On the Threshold of the House of Prayer.” Here are some excerpts:

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  • The Son of Hamas vs. The Sword of Islam

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    August 22, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    One day late in the 15th century, the brilliant Sephardic Bible commentator Don Isaac Abravanel sat in his study in Monopoli, Italy, writing a detailed commentary on the Book of Isaiah. Born in Portugal in 1437, Abravanel eventually moved to Spain in 1481, where in addition to... read on

  • Why We’re Not Going to Paris

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    July 25, 2014 | 5:45 pm

    Next month my family and I were scheduled to spend two weeks in Paris, celebrating my 50th birthday. We had tickets booked and an apartment rented in the Marais, the historic Jewish Quarter in Paris. Sadly, we have cancelled the trip. Watch this new, shocking and well made report... read on

  • Maccabi’s Championship, Bloomberg’s Million…

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    May 24, 2014 | 4:03 pm

    My journey to Israel this week started off with an experience that could only happen on El Al. It was Sunday morning, May 18. While we were busy checking in and boarding, 5-time European Basketball Champions Maccabi Tel Aviv were playing against Real Madrid in the Euroleague... read on

  • Hanukkah in the White House

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    December 5, 2013 | 9:06 am

    Today, on the 8th and final day of Hanukkah, I find myself in the most unlikely of places celebrating Hanukkah: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C., otherwise known as The White House. I was surprised and honored to receive an invitation from President Obama to this year’s... read on

  • Sukkot: Life Beyond the Newest iPhone

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    September 17, 2013 | 9:43 pm

    Sukkot seems to present a paradox. In our prayers, Sukkot is referred to as Zman Simhatenu – the “Season of Our Joy.” One would think that joy includes all of the physical comforts in life. Yet one of the main commandments of Sukkot is to build and live in a modest, temporary... read on

  • Yom Kippur: Spiritual Dispatches From the Front Lines

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    September 12, 2013 | 3:58 pm

    “This is Kol Yisrael from Jerusalem, Reshet Aleph and Reshet Bet. Shalom and Gmar Hatimah Tovah. It’s 3 p.m. An official IDF [Israel Defense Forces] spokesman reports that at approximately 2 p.m. today, the Egyptian and Syrian armies launched attacks in the Sinai and in the Golan... read on

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Rabbi Daniel Bouskila is the Director of the Sephardic Educational Center (SEC), an international educational and cultural organization with its own historic campus in the Old...

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