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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