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From the desk of Rabbi Steven Burg, AISH CEO

Rabbi Steven Burg on the news
Rabbi Burg

Responding To Iran’s Attack Last Night

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.

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

United As a People We Will Get Through This

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.

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

Standing Strong

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.

Jamie Geller speaking with Rachel and Jon Golberg-Polin
Rabbi Burg

Storming the Gates of Heaven Together With 5 Million Jews

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.

Rabbi Burg with Avi Jorich and Shai Romirowsky
Rabbi Burg

Old Friends and Rekindling Relationships

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.

Floyd Mayweather and Rabbi Burg at the Aish building
Rabbi Burg

Thanking Those Who Stand With Us

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.

Aish leaders at the Shiva house of Yosef Gedulia
Rabbi Burg

Nothing is Stronger Than the Broken Heart of a Jew

The founder of the Aish movement, Rav Noach Weinberg, was often quoted as saying “ If you don’t know what you are willing to die for, you haven’t really begun to live”. So many Jews have demonstrated that they are willing to die for one another. We are a family and family defends one another when attacked.

Aish students at the site of the Nova music festival
Rabbi Burg

Shattered Hearts and Heartfelt Hugs

It was quite a week. It was a week of hugs and tears. It was a week of recommitting to the leadership of the Jewish people. It was a week of remembering what it means to be a Jew.

Aish staff at a wedding
Rabbi Burg

Shedding a Light Unto the Nations

One of the highlights of working at Aish is attending the weddings of our students and staff. This past Sunday night our dynamic Aish New York Project Manager, Jessica Eckstein got married to Yudi Schechter.

Rabbi Burg with Rabbi Mayer Schmukler and Dr. Matt Hintze
Rabbi Burg

Think Jewish. Live Inspired.

Everywhere I go, people are taken by our efforts to bring Jewish wisdom to the masses. I was blessed to be in Los Angeles for a brief trip where I got to meet Rabbi Mayer Schmukler and Dr. Matt Hintze, two phenomenal educators.

Aish staff with Michelle and Bob Diener at their home
Rabbi Burg

Climbing the Summit

There is nothing more satisfying than seeing work that has taken years to accomplish come to fruition. I had such a moment this past week when nearly nine years of dedicated efforts at Aish seemed to come together in the most magnificent way at the first annual Aish Legacy Summit in Miami.

Rabbi Burg & Rabbi Mathias at the Brooklyn Nets
Rabbi Burg

From the Brooklyn Nets to the White House

From Brooklyn I headed to Washington DC for a long overdue trip. I have been traveling to DC for the past few decades to represent the Jewish people on varying levels of political engagement.

Rabbi Burg

Aish and Chabad United

As I have said often, Aish cannot accomplish our important work alone. So I was overjoyed to get a call from my close friend and Aish Executive Board Member, Louis Mayberg.

Bibas family hostage posters
Rabbi Burg

Praying for Kidnapped Babies

A few nights ago I was asked by a local group in Bergen County New Jersey to share words of Torah on a zoom for a group that recites Psalms together for the soldiers and captives in Israel. I was honored by the request and immediately accepted. A few hours later, one of the organizers informed me that Maurice Shnaider, the uncle of Shiri and Yarden Bibas who were brutally kidnapped with their small children Kfir and Ariel, would join us on the zoom.

Captain Ron Afrimi
Rabbi Burg

Captain Ron Afrimi

This week we lost a member of our Aish Israel community. Captain Ron Afrimi grew up as a secular Israeli. In high school Ron majored in music and after graduation enlisted in the IDF.

Aish social media content
Rabbi Burg

Investing in the Jewish People

Our goal was to make the acquisition of Jewish wisdom, which has been responsible for the establishment of ethics and morality across the globe for the past 3500 years, part and parcel of the definition of what it means to be Jewish.

Aish student dancing with Torah at IDF base
Rabbi Burg

Tears Flowing in the IDf

At the base, the Torah was completed and every student had a chance to dance with the new Torah. Our students brought tremendous spirit and joy to the event.

Rabbi Reuven Biermacher
Rabbi Burg

A Precious Soul

Eight years ago on 11 Tevet on the Hebrew calendar, we received a call that one of our dearest faculty members, Rabbi Reuven Biermacher HY”D was slaughtered as he left the Old City of Jerusalem.

President Biden and Dougass Emhoff at the White House
Rabbi Burg

White House on (Hanukkah) Fire

At the end of the night we had a chance to hear from President Biden who expressed his support for Israel and the Jewish Nation.

Rabbi Berkovitz speaking with Aish student
Rabbi Burg

Engaging (even anti-Israel) Young Jews

We must make a strong case for the fact that Judaism brought morality and ethics to the world. We must recapture their passion and utilize it to make the world a better place.

Rabbi Burg and the Israel Economic Forum
Rabbi Burg

Sleepless Nights

This past week I traveled to seven cities in five days with Aish’s indefatigable Executive Director, Rabbi Ben Gonsher.

Aish partners packing food for soldiers
Rabbi Burg

300,000 Jews

300,000 Jews traveled to Washington to tell the world that they stand shoulder to shoulder with the Jews of Israel. The spirit of the Jewish Nation can never be broken. Am Yisroel Chai!

police officer receiving award at Aish ceremony
Rabbi Burg

A 13 year old Proud Jew

As this unprecedented situation continues with over 200 of our Jewish brothers and sisters in captivity, we are quickly learning who our friends are around the world.

girls shopping in a grocery store
Rabbi Burg

Love Has No Borders

One of the highlights amongst all the sorrow has been the incredible amount of kindness that has come as a result of so many Jews being displaced from their homes.

Rabbi Burg

Prayers Heard Around the World

With the help of a small group of dedicated partners who care deeply for the Jewish nation, the heads of Aish Israel, Rabbi Eitiel Goldwicht and Rabbi Shimmy Kaufman leapt into action coordinating a “Global Day of Prayer for the Hostages and the Missing.

Rabbi Burg

Sending Love with a Broken Heart

Our hearts are broken over the pain that the Jewish Nation has suffered. Yet, there is an inner resolve among us all that we must now move forward and support the IDF as they seek the return of the captives.

Rabbi Burg

Love from Israel

So many emotions have run through my heart over the past few days: incredible sadness at what has transpired; tremendous pride at the heroes who raced down south to save Jews; and, an unbreakable commitment to do whatever I can do strengthen the Jewish people.

Responding To Iran’s Attack Last Night

Responding To Iran’s Attack Last Night

Already for more than half a year Israel has been at war. Last night something unprecedented took place. Iran, for…
United As a People We Will Get Through This

United As a People We Will Get Through...

The headlines are full of declarations by Iran and its proxies to attack Israel in horrific ways that have not…
Standing Strong

Standing Strong

Later in the week, I attended the Hertog Forum for National Security war briefing by American and Israeli political and…
Storming the Gates of Heaven Together With 5 Million Jews

Storming the Gates of Heaven Together With 5...

We reached out to the group that is representing the families of the hostages to suggest how important it would…
Old Friends and Rekindling Relationships

Old Friends and Rekindling Relationships

Reconnecting with old friends is one of my favorite parts of my job. There is nothing like revisiting someone or…
Thanking Those Who Stand With Us

Thanking Those Who Stand With Us

Aish eagerly offered to host the former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at the Dan Family Aish World Center when…
Nothing is Stronger Than the Broken Heart of a Jew

Nothing is Stronger Than the Broken Heart of...

The founder of the Aish movement, Rav Noach Weinberg, was often quoted as saying “ If you don’t know what…
Shattered Hearts and Heartfelt Hugs

Shattered Hearts and Heartfelt Hugs

It was quite a week. It was a week of hugs and tears. It was a week of recommitting to…
Shedding a Light Unto the Nations

Shedding a Light Unto the Nations

One of the highlights of working at Aish is attending the weddings of our students and staff. This past Sunday…
Think Jewish. Live Inspired.

Think Jewish. Live Inspired.

Everywhere I go, people are taken by our efforts to bring Jewish wisdom to the masses. I was blessed to…
Climbing the Summit

Climbing the Summit

There is nothing more satisfying than seeing work that has taken years to accomplish come to fruition. I had such…
From the Brooklyn Nets to the White House

From the Brooklyn Nets to the White House

From Brooklyn I headed to Washington DC for a long overdue trip. I have been traveling to DC for the…
Aish and Chabad United

Aish and Chabad United

As I have said often, Aish cannot accomplish our important work alone. So I was overjoyed to get a call…
Praying for Kidnapped Babies

Praying for Kidnapped Babies

A few nights ago I was asked by a local group in Bergen County New Jersey to share words of…
Captain Ron Afrimi

Captain Ron Afrimi

This week we lost a member of our Aish Israel community. Captain Ron Afrimi grew up as a secular Israeli.…
Investing in the Jewish People

Investing in the Jewish People

Our goal was to make the acquisition of Jewish wisdom, which has been responsible for the establishment of ethics and…
Tears Flowing in the IDf

Tears Flowing in the IDf

At the base, the Torah was completed and every student had a chance to dance with the new Torah. Our…
A Precious Soul

A Precious Soul

Eight years ago on 11 Tevet on the Hebrew calendar, we received a call that one of our dearest faculty…
White House on (Hanukkah) Fire

White House on (Hanukkah) Fire

At the end of the night we had a chance to hear from President Biden who expressed his support for…
Engaging (even anti-Israel) Young Jews

Engaging (even anti-Israel) Young Jews

We must make a strong case for the fact that Judaism brought morality and ethics to the world. We must…
Sleepless Nights

Sleepless Nights

This past week I traveled to seven cities in five days with Aish’s indefatigable Executive Director, Rabbi Ben Gonsher.
US Senator and the Knesset Speaker

US Senator and the Knesset Speaker

This past week I spent time with two career politicians, one Israeli and one American who were deeply soulful gentlemen.
300,000 Jews

300,000 Jews

300,000 Jews traveled to Washington to tell the world that they stand shoulder to shoulder with the Jews of Israel.…
A 13 year old Proud Jew

A 13 year old Proud Jew

As this unprecedented situation continues with over 200 of our Jewish brothers and sisters in captivity, we are quickly learning…
Love Has No Borders

Love Has No Borders

One of the highlights amongst all the sorrow has been the incredible amount of kindness that has come as a…
Prayers Heard Around the World

Prayers Heard Around the World

With the help of a small group of dedicated partners who care deeply for the Jewish nation, the heads of…
Sending Love with a Broken Heart

Sending Love with a Broken Heart

Our hearts are broken over the pain that the Jewish Nation has suffered. Yet, there is an inner resolve among…
Love from Israel

Love from Israel

So many emotions have run through my heart over the past few days: incredible sadness at what has transpired; tremendous…
One of the most meaningful experiences of my life

One of the most meaningful experiences of my...

This week has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. From my perch overlooking the Western Wall…
Reflecting on Yom Kippur, Thinking about Sukkos

Reflecting on Yom Kippur, Thinking about Sukkos

Words cannot accurately describe the atmosphere at Aish over Yom Kippur.