K.J. writes, "Are we prepared? Perhaps not. Can we get prepared? Again, perhaps not but there are still things we can do so that we aren't blindsided by the uncertainties and tragedies of life."
"The three weeks that culminate in Tisha B'Av are always difficult in Israel. This year was no different. There have been shootings, stabbings, killings, rioting and increased tension and fear."
K.J. writes, "How might we face the eventual sadnesses and disappointments we all will encounter with a bit more equanimity, and calmness?"
K.J. writes, "Since many of our friends from the Messianic community are from out of the country, some have asked how much or what to give. Is a gift proper or a check? What are they to expect at the wedding? How are they to behave?"
K.J. writes, "So this week when we are in school and someone quotes the beloved words, "The Temple Mount is in our hands," I will have to swallow the lump in my throat and thank God for bringing us home to our city, to our inheritance, whole and free once again."
K.J. writes, "It wasn't altogether surprising to discover that after having lived and worked as a teacher for sixteen years in this place, that I didn't actually have a license."
K.J. writes, "The eleventh-grade class took it upon themselves to meet with survivors from Poland, the Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Italy, and other countries."
K.J. writes, "The days of preparation are unlike like anything I have ever experienced. There is a national surge of joy, optimism, and frenzy."
K.J. writes, "I was surprised by the sheer number of Jewish artists who were captivated by the person and symbolism of Jesus."
K.J. writes, "Yes, people in Israel are close. We have to be. We have to stand together and help each other and open our homes. We have be able to laugh at our mistakes and form friendships..."