Learning Hebrew: One Book at a Time

My daughter had a great idea for improving on our Hebrew language skills. 


Start small…as in children’s books. 


She got a few of these from the library and it actually was fun to read these. 


Aside from taking me back a few years in parenthood and bonding as a family over these, I found it useful to solidify my learning.


Dr. Seuss definitely had the right idea. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal with attribution to book בּובי בוא בובי לך by אמי רובינגר)

Camel In Thought

Love this little camel.


My daughter got this is Israel and displays it in the living room. 


Sitting peacefully, looking upwards. 


Colorful mosaic. 


Jerusalem, its brand. 


Amazing animals. 


I wonder what he’s thinking. 


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Peace Or War

I like this saying by Shimon Peres, you can choose:

Either peace and pay the price or war and take the risk.


It’s very smart.


Peace isn’t free…there is a price (maybe a large one) to pay for it. 


War is also not free…there is a risk of what you will win or lose. 


These are very serious life calculations with consequences that are far reaching. 


Peace or war and if you are wrong what will it cost and how will you achieve security? 😉


(Credit photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Tavor

Love my new keychain with the Tavor.


It’s the latest Assault Rifle by Israel Weapon Industries.


The short stock makes this very versatile yet it packs a hell lot of fire power.


Good reminder for me of “Never again!” 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal, and thank you to my son-in-law for the thoughtful gift)

A Jewish Scorecard: Trump vs. Sanders

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called “A Jewish Scorecard: Trump vs. Sanders.”

In nine months, we will go to the polls again to elect the next President of the United States. Right now, it’s looking like it will be Donald J. Trump versus Bernie Sanders. What is the scorecard of these two men when it comes to the State of Israel⁠—the Jewish homeland that we have returned to after 2,000 years of exile, persecution, and deep yearning, and where the majority of the world’s Jewish people currently reside?


In the end, no candidate is perfect, and each has their own critical flaws. However, you, as the voters will need to tally the score for yourselves and decide who will be President in 2020 and what that means for this country as well as for the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

(Photo: Adapted from Flickr post by The White House (Public Domain) and Linda Sarsour’s Twitter account profile picture)

Innovation: Finding The 3rd Alternative

There are two quotes on innovation that I came across recently that I liked and wanted to share:


The first by David Ben-Gurion:

If an expert says it can’t be done, get another expert. 


The second by Shimon Peres:

When you have two alternatives, the first thing you have to do is to look for the third that you didn’t think about, that doesn’t exist.

Both of these smart thinkers understood that solutions and innovation means breaking previous paradigms and thinking outside the box.

They got it absolutely right! 😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Boom Boom Coffee Table

What an awesome living room coffee table. 


Superhero effects. 


Big BOOM!


With explosive rays and cloud formations.


This is a definite standout in Tel Aviv showroom. 


Very colorful, exciting design, and with all the intended impact. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)