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From the CEO

From the desk of Rabbi Steven Burg, AISH CEO

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Holy Sweat

“Now I have been embraced by brothers I did not know I had and am spending time defending a country I didn’t know was mine.”

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US Ambassador & Prayer

When I speak about only-at-Aish moments, it is one just like this. While we all may differ on our politics or opinions we can never forget that we all pray to the same G-d.

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A Week of Awe

This past Monday was a special day for Aish – and for me personally…Since my father, zt’l, passed away one year ago on Rosh Hashanah, the Erbers made the decision to donate a Torah in memory of my father and Bari’s grandmother…

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Holy Ink

To really love someone, one must tell them how beautiful they are and how much we love them in every way.

In The News

Protests Break Out in Iran

Rabbi Burg came on Newsmax to discuss the protests in Iran, and the concurrent  invitation of their regime’s leader to speak at the UN. 

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Argentinian Inspiration

Spending time in Argentina and Chile and seeing the tangible commitment of the local Aish leadership working to educate all of our Jewish brothers and sisters has been moving beyond words.

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Viva Aish México!

Aish Mexico is embarking on a 5 million dollar building project to build a state-of-the-art facility

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The State of the Jewish People

This past week I had the great honor of joining over one thousand Jewish leaders from around the world in Basel, Switzerland, on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the first World Zionist Congress. The conference left me thinking a lot about the state of the Jewish people.

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Two Heroes

Countless inspired Jews today owe their journey to Jack Gindi and Zev Wolfson, zt”l. Even though they are gone physically, they are still impacting the world around us. As we enter into the Jewish month of Elul, we all must think about our ongoing contributions to the Jewish people.

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The Last Kaddish

In general I don’t discuss my personal life. Not on social media or here. I want to make an exception in the case of sharing with you my journey through the kaddish prayer.

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A Day in the Life

There were even more meetings, introductions and visits that happened in between all of these events, but this gives you a sampling of the unique intensity of what just twenty-four hours looks like here at Aish.

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Italy, Bosnia, and Chester, NY

My friends, Judaism is about sharing a journey together. It’s not just about Rabbis and Rebbetzins. Every Jew can make a difference. You can make a difference.

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Kippahs in Riyadh

I spent the past week meeting with the Aish Lay Steering Committee and executive professional team. So many thoughtful conversations took place revolving around Aish’s exponential growth.

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The Power of Lifecycle Events

For a Jewish wedding everyone was able to take a break from political battles to celebrate the continuity of the Jewish people.

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Laying Roots in NYC

Aish Israel has just moved into new headquarters in Tel Aviv! So many of the participants in our affiliated programs including Mothers with Meaning (MWM) and the Triumph Leadership Initiative (TLi) live in the greater Tel Aviv area, that we need a permanent location.

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Aish Expands in Tel Aviv

Aish Israel has just moved into new headquarters in Tel Aviv! So many of the participants in our affiliated programs including Mothers with Meaning (MWM) and the Triumph Leadership Initiative (TLi) live in the greater Tel Aviv area, that we need a permanent location.

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Meet Me in St. Louis

To receive a message from the son of the individual who got Aish started in the United States over 40 years ago, sharing that he thinks our vision is the most exciting approach he’s heard in over 30 years, was an affirmation of everything towards which we are working.

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We Are Insane

“Don’t misunderstand me. I think it’s great that you’re insane. Only Aish can be so insane to think they can go bring 20% of the world Jewish population to Jewish wisdom. The Jewish world needs to think big. We need more insane thinking.”

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Reunion in Heaven

Gratefully our guests have begun to return to Israel and to the Dan Family Aish World Center. In the coming days we will be officially reopening the Dan Family Aish World Center to the public… I want to share some of the changes going forward.

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Turning Darkness into Light

Gratefully our guests have begun to return to Israel and to the Dan Family Aish World Center. In the coming days we will be officially reopening the Dan Family Aish World Center to the public… I want to share some of the changes going forward.

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A Wrong Turn From Heaven

Gratefully our guests have begun to return to Israel and to the Dan Family Aish World Center. In the coming days we will be officially reopening the Dan Family Aish World Center to the public… I want to share some of the changes going forward.

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Embassy of the Jewish People

Gratefully our guests have begun to return to Israel and to the Dan Family Aish World Center. In the coming days we will be officially reopening the Dan Family Aish World Center to the public… I want to share some of the changes going forward.

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Passover Traditions from the Holocaust to the UN

In every generation they try to snuff out the love in our hearts. In every generation they hunt us and hurt us. In every generation the Jewish people emerge stronger. In every generation the Jewish Nation grows stronger physically and spiritually.

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Uniting Nations

Yesterday afternoon, over 50 Ambassadors attended our Seder. It was truly one of the most meaningful experiences I have ever had. Listening to the different Ambassadors read from the Haggadah was truly a unique experience. At one point Rabbi Goldwicht asked us all to join hands and sing the traditional song of Dayenu together. Everyone swayed and joined together. It was a true moment of unity.

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Who is Responsible?

The bottom line is that as Jews we always want to do the right thing. Unfortunately, life gets in the way and we get distracted. Let us learn from the Jews of Cleveland.

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The Rabbis’ Rabbi

How does a Rabbi with no official role or title become the Rabbinic leader of a generation?

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…