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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.

Nothing is Stronger Than the Broken Heart of a Jew

Aish leaders at the Shiva house of Yosef Gedulia

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.

Shattered Hearts and Heartfelt Hugs

Aish students at the site of the Nova music festival

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.

Shedding a Light Unto the Nations

Aish staff at a wedding

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.

Think Jewish. Live Inspired.

Rabbi Burg with Rabbi Mayer Schmukler and Dr. Matt Hintze

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.