When Avraham Met Brahma

Translated by Netzach Sapir

When I was in India, I traveled to the city Haridwar in the north of the country, to the ashram of Anandamayi-Ma, one of the great gurus of the previous century. The president of the ashram at the time was Vijayananda, an elder guru, ninety-two years old. Vijayananda was not his original name; he was born with the name Avraham Weintrob, son of a rabbi living in southern France. Like the Avraham of the Torah, Avraham-Vijayananda also once stood at the crossroads of

John Lennon and the Tower of Babel


John Lennon and the Tower of Babel

Translated by Netzach Sapir


Imagine – John Lennon

Imagine there’s no countries

It isn’t hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion too

Imagine all the people

Living for today

You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope some day you’ll join us

And the world will be as one


            This timeless song

We are all God's children

We are all God's children

For the past 13 years, one group has been organizing secret meetings between Jewish and Muslim clerics in an effort to promote interfaith harmony and understanding in a region where religion lies at the heart of the conflict.

Tali Farkash

Published:  10.09.14, 23:58 / Israel Jewish Scene

(A previous version of this story included a photo of Rabbi Dr. Nagen

The Dancing Rabbi at the Arab Wedding: Happy end to Tragic Love Story



The Sefer Yetzirah (Chapter 1, Mishna 1) relates that God created the world with a story. This teaches us that life itself is an ongoing story, and a true story does not end. Five years ago, on Rosh Hashanah, I was part of one of the most influential stories of my life, and this month, I discovered that this story was far from over.

“The Gift of the Magi”


The story begins with a failed plan for my wife and I to come to the synagogue and hear