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Rabbi Bentzion Elisha is the author of 18 Frames of Being. In addition to being a writer, he is an award-winning photographer. He resides with his family in NYC.
By Bentzion Elisha
Artist's Statement: While at a Rabbinical seminary in Jerusalem I ventured to Miron on Lag BaOmer. Miron is the burial place of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai who is the author of the Zohar, a primary Jewish mystical text authored some 2,000 years ago. It’s a be...
By Bentzion Elisha
This is a creative suggestion of how the Rebbetzin might have looked in her youth, based on the original black-and-white image.
Based on an urban legend
Once there lived a gentile king who delighted in having an audience with a particular rabbi who lived in the kingdom’s capital. The two would converse on various subjects, and the rabbi’s acuity and sharp intellect amazed the king again and again. No one ...
After you saw I hadn’t taken any of your gold coins, why did you not trust that I hadn’t taken any of your silver coins, which are much less valuable?
"Everything here seems so Jewish, even the non-Jews have something Jewish about them here. Tell me, Senya, what's Jewish about you?" I ask innocently.
I did not know that my job at our photo store would transport me to China with counter-revolutionary journalists who risk their lives trying to give their people hope; to Antarctica with preservation activists; to exotic locales I have never heard of...
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