Blogging about Israel, Zionism and the future.
Welcome to Moftim (“Miracles” as in “אותות ומופתים“). Every great accomplishment and every miraculous achievement starts out as an idea. Yet an idea is rarely the creation of a single person. My goal with this blog is to find and refine ideas about the greatest Jewish project ever, the building of a model ("mofet") society in the ancient Jewish homeland. So much has already been achieved — and we really need to dwell on that a bit more — but there is still so much more we can do, we just have to imagine it first. That’s what I hope to do here.
A bit about me. I have been obsessed with the story of Israel my entire life. My father volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence and survived his trip on the ill-fated Altalena. He filled me with a love of Israel that in many ways defined who I am. I officially converted to Judaism at age 14 (my mother isn’t Jewish) and have been, at different times, a member of all the streams of Judaism: Ultra Orthodox, Modern Orthodox, Conservative and Reform. I lived in Israel for 4 years during university and became fluent in Hebrew. I maintain many friends and close connections there. I spend 1-2 hours every day devouring news from Israel and tend to know more about Israel than about Canada, where I live. I have a keen interest in Jewish and Zionist history and have read many books. For what it is worth, I have thought deeply about these topics. Having said that, I do not have any advanced degree in Jewish Studies. I am not a journalist or noted author. I am not a famous person or wealthy philanthropist. And I don’t sit on any boards of Jewish organizations. I work in tech, but that has nothing to do with my interest in Judaism and Israel. My opinions are my own and humbly offered to anyone caring to read them.
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