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An unexpected partner in bittersweet times

Nuseir Yassin with Rabbi Dov Ber Cohen on the roof of the Dan Family Aish World Center

Nas came to film at Aish and featured Rabbi Dov Ber Cohen giving pearls of wisdom throughout the 11-minute video. My favorite part was the focus on how Jews argue when they study Torah.

Never Again

Rabbi Steven Burg together with Bari Erber at the U.S. National Holocaust Museum

This past week the entire Jewish world commemorated Holocaust Remembrance Day, also known as Yom HaShoah. For so many years the Jewish community has focused on this date to remember our six million murdered brothers and sisters.

This is not the end of our story

Western Wall

This is not the end of our story. This is a challenge to be sure, but the Jewish people are resilient. We will find our way through these difficult times and will emerge stronger than ever. We must continue our efforts to stand by one another.

Thank You, Almighty

Article quoting Rabbi Steven Burg on Fox news

While I have been doing this for years, one of the media articles from this past week moved me tremendously. I was asked by Greg Wehner of Fox News to join a conversation regarding the attack on Israel by Iran.

Responding To Iran’s Attack Last Night

Rabbi Steven Burg on the news

Already for more than half a year Israel has been at war. Last night something unprecedented took place. Iran, for the first time in history, directly attacked Israel.

United As a People We Will Get Through This

Aish staff showing their support for IDF soldiers prior to their deployment to Gaza in October

The headlines are full of declarations by Iran and its proxies to attack Israel in horrific ways that have not yet been seen. Many are asking me what will be with the future of Jewry and Israel. It is within this spirit that I want to depart from my regular style of reporting on the important work within Aish and tell you what’s in my heart.

Standing Strong

Dr. Avishai Neuman, MK Ben Barak, and Rabbi Steven Burg

Later in the week, I attended the Hertog Forum for National Security war briefing by American and Israeli political and military leaders in Washington with my good friend Dr. Avishai Neuman.

Storming the Gates of Heaven Together With 5 Million Jews

Jamie Geller speaking with Rachel and Jon Golberg-Polin

We reached out to the group that is representing the families of the hostages to suggest how important it would be to try to get the entire Jewish world to pray together for their loved ones. The result was a program that brought Jews from every corner of the globe to say the Shema prayer, the central prayer of the Jewish people, together.

Old Friends and Rekindling Relationships

Rabbi Burg with Avi Jorich and Shai Romirowsky

Reconnecting with old friends is one of my favorite parts of my job. There is nothing like revisiting someone or a group from your past to see how they’ve grown and where they are today.

Thanking Those Who Stand With Us

Floyd Mayweather and Rabbi Burg at the Aish building

Aish eagerly offered to host the former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at the Dan Family Aish World Center when we were approached regarding his visit to Israel. We had hosted the “Champ” once before and have come to know him as a staunch supporter of Israel.