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From the desk of Rabbi Steven Burg, AISH CEO

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Our Collective Super Power

I told one of our supporters recently that I believe that Aish’s “Super Power” is the fact that we listen carefully to feedback. We know that the only way to be truly successful is to keep improving, and improvement only comes with guidance and the humility to listen to others.

Rabbi Burg

Unforgettable Moments & Reflecting on Rosh HaShana

May the coming year be one filled with laughter, passion, inspiration, joy and fulfillment. May the Almighty bless us all with a closeness to Him and each other. May we merit to reunite with Him in His holy palace in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Burg

Love & Hugs

My friends, love is the one resource which is unlimited and we will never run out. Let’s spread our love among our Jewish brothers and sisters.

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Help Me Fix This

The biggest threat that I am more concerned about than any of the other typical menaces is the lack of unity among the Jewish people.

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efg@aish

The success of the Jewish people has always revolved around community. We are strongest when our community is united and most vulnerable when we are at odds with each other. During this time we reflect on our lives. What can we be doing better?

Rabbi Burg

Who is your community?

The success of the Jewish people has always revolved around community. We are strongest when our community is united and most vulnerable when we are at odds with each other. During this time we reflect on our lives. What can we be doing better?

Rabbi Burg

Nothing is Sweeter Than This

I travel to be with my Jewish family all around the world. Nothing is sweeter than to sit and talk with Jews from different communities.

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Falling In Love

Whether it be online or in cities around the world, Aish is inspiring the Jewish nation. Our mission continues to be to ensure 100% of our brothers and sisters ‘Fall in Love with being Jewish’.

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Push Forward

This past week, Aish ordained six young rabbis in Jerusalem. I was honored to speak at their graduation.

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Bridging the Divide

Many challenges have come along with the extraordinary growth Aish has experienced over the past few years. One of the most pressing issues we have dealt with is a lack of physical space. I am excited to announce that we have recently leased space in the Old City for a new Beis Medrash.

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Smashing Goals and Breaking Records!

Two years ago Aish branched out from the website onto other social media platforms. Our target for 2023 was 50 million video views on SM. I am proud to report that we achieved that goal in just 6 months! We are consistently breaking a million website sessions on aish.com every month.

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Freedom to Embrace

I always enjoy spending the 4th of July in Israel. It is a constant reminder of the strong bond between Israel and the United States.

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Sacred Community

One of the most important aspects of being a Jew is the concept of community. Throughout the ages, the Jewish people have been known for the strength of our ability to support one another.

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Inspirational Partnerships

There is no greater joy that the Almighty has then to see his children working hand in hand towards the betterment of our nation. Thank you Olami for providing a passionate Jewish path for young Jews around the world.

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Why?

As we have embarked on this annual rigorous self evaluation, I find myself focused on one major question. This question is not “What” or “How” but rather that of “Why.

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Politicians with a Heart

In my position as CEO of Aish, I have been blessed to meet politicians from around the world. Last week, I found myself moved beyond words to hear the personal stories of two Jewish political leaders.

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Power of One

Ten months ago Aish restarted our women’s educational division which was formerly called EYAHT. Today our two flagship programs, Aish Aspire and Aish Gesher for Women have been wildly oversubscribed.

DMing my rabbi: Aish's live chats see spike 300% post-Oct. 7, antisemitism surge

DMing my rabbi: Aish's live chats see spike...

Aish.com, post-October 7, saw a 300% surge in live web chat use, aiding Jews worldwide to reconnect with their heritage…
Building a Movement in Ashdod

Building a Movement in Ashdod

This past week the executive team of Aish, together with many members of the senior leadership team, gathered in Ashdod…
The Importance of Being Eternally Optimistic

The Importance of Being Eternally Optimistic

I had the honor of spending time in the Knesset this week. I spoke with my longtime friend, MK Yitzhak…
Humility and the Path to the Jewish Future

Humility and the Path to the Jewish Future

This past week we met in person to talk about how to bring more partners into our circle in an…
Joy and Inspiration on the Home Front

Joy and Inspiration on the Home Front

My wife and I have been blessed to marry off our second child in six months. The experience has been…
Addressing Young Heroes and Future Leaders

Addressing Young Heroes and Future Leaders

October 7th has redefined us as a people. Our Aish Rabbis on campus have had to retool and deal with…
The Next CEO of Aish is…

The Next CEO of Aish is…

Between the thousands of young Jews dancing in the Kotel plaza this week and the thousands of young Jews studying…
The Crucial Role of Love

The Crucial Role of Love

Aish Israel has been bringing groups of Israeli entrepreneurial millennials to the United States for the past few years. Fresh…
Inspiration from Washington

Inspiration from Washington

My day in Washington was truly a day of love. It was a day of focus on how to inculcate…
An unexpected partner in bittersweet times

An unexpected partner in bittersweet times

Nas came to film at Aish and featured Rabbi Dov Ber Cohen giving pearls of wisdom throughout the 11-minute video.…
Never Again

Never Again

This past week the entire Jewish world commemorated Holocaust Remembrance Day, also known as Yom HaShoah. For so many years…
This is not the end of our story

This is not the end of our story

This is not the end of our story. This is a challenge to be sure, but the Jewish people are…
Thank You, Almighty

Thank You, Almighty

While I have been doing this for years, one of the media articles from this past week moved me tremendously.…
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…