My wife Dina and I had the privilege to lead a delegation from our Ottawa Jewish community to Israel last month. We joined 800 participants from around the world on the Jewish Learning Institute’s Land and Spirit Israel Experience 2018.
During this most uplifting mission we visited sites and archeological digs that span the full gamut of Jewish history, from biblical times through to modern-day Israel. The noticeable historical pattern that runs through our history never ceases to amaze me. As you navigate through the painful history of the Jewish people, it becomes clear that after every calamity we experienced, we somehow reinvented ourselves. Every tragedy gave birth to new beginnings. At every step of the way, we discovered some hidden strength and spirit that fueled a rebirth of Jewish life. [Read more…]