On Passover – What is YOUR why?

By Leor Sinai | April 15, 2022

Duality and contradictions are found throughout the Torah, in Jewish life, and Israel’s existence as a people and a nation-state. The…

Leadership, Routine, Renewal

By Leor Sinai | January 5, 2022

Erica Brown, on her podcast Day 129, discusses renewal and the challenges leaders face when getting stuck in routines and…

Global Zionist Citizenship, A Manifesto

By Leor Sinai | November 10, 2021

Zionism, initially defined as the national movement of the Jewish People, has made a huge comeback onto Global Jewry’s agenda.…

I’m that kid

By Leor Sinai | October 12, 2021

I’m that kid that was wild, energetic, uninterested in school and just wanted to have fun. I’m that kid that…

Seeds of diplomacy: The Children of Israel then and now

By Leor Sinai | December 19, 2013 |

This week’s Torah portion, the beginning of the book of Exodus (Shmot – שמות) describes the realities in Egypt as the Israelites multiply and their presence becomes of national interest, or rather disinterest. In it there is a verse that spells the beginning of the end: ויקם מלך חדש על מצרים אשר לא ידע את…

The Gd of Abraham: What would you do if Gd showed up at your front door?

By Leor Sinai | October 13, 2013 |

This week we read about Abraham preferring to greet strangers over his 1:1 w/ Gd. Its quite perplexing & here is the scenario: the previous portion (Lech Lecha) ends with Abraham entering the covenant (circumcision) @ 99 yrs of age. Abe, sitting there in the heat of the desert, in great pain, and Gd shows…

Welcome to the new website!

By Leor Sinai | July 12, 2013 |

I currently serve as Executive Director at the Alexander Muss Institute for Israel Education (AMHSI) since October 2013. I am still involved with and manage other projects such as “Caravan for Democracy” promoting constructive dialogue about Israel and the Middle East among college student leaders of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and…

Hedva & Lior, 2013

By Leor Sinai | June 24, 2013 |

שלום רב, בבואנו לבחור את סוג טקס הנישואין שלנו היה לנו חשוב שהוא יהיה טקס יהודי לכל דבר אך שתתווסף אליו השקפת עולמנו ונגיעתנו האישית. בחיפוש בין הזרמים השונים מצאנו כי הקהילה הקונסרבטיבית מאפשרת לקיים טקס שוויוני ואישי יותר. כמנחה לטקס החתונה בחרנו ברב ליאור סיני ומצאנו אדם אשר חותר להכירנו ולעזור לנו לבנות את…

כל המלמד את בן חברו תורה מעלה עליו הכתוב כאילו ילדו (סנהדרין י”ט:)

By Leor Sinai | June 18, 2013 |

Tikun Israel the healing of Israel; Isra-el reminds us: “…for you have struggled with Gd and with men, and have prevailed…” (Bereshit/Genesis 32:29). This is the Jewish People’s collective namesake and formula for immortality from time immemorial.

Israel, part III – what’s it gonna be?

By Leor Sinai | June 12, 2013 |

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!  As if we haven’t been around this block before. Remember destruction and forced exile? Remember the rivers of Babylon? I do and I ain’t goin back. Unfortunately it’s not up to me alone; I need all of you to get along too.