Posts by Jason Moss

May 28, 2024

With the events that have been transpiring in Israel and Gaza recently, a conversation I had with the Consult General of Israel has flooded my mind. Last April, I was interviewing then Consul General Hillel Newman for an upcoming JLife SGPV article. During our conversation, I asked him why i…

May 21, 2024

I love our tradition, especially the knowledge we can turn to as a guide of how we should love our lives. One of my favorite teachings in all of Judaism comes from Pirkei Avot, a collection of sayings/teachings from the great Rabbis. This particular one is attributed to Rabbi Tarfon - Lo al…

May 14, 2024

So often, we get tired of the mundane… the routine… the things that we determine are boring because they happen the same way all the time. And yet, when things “break” from the ordinary and it is unclear how this “new” situation will play out, we get nervous and are unsure how to…

May 7, 2024

Like so many people, I have been astonished by not only the sheer number of people who are supporting the Palestinian cause following October 7 but also how they have chosen to express their support.

 

In just over seven months, shortly after the IDF retaliated following Hamas' October 7 …

April 16, 2024

When I was 16, I went to Israel on a six-week trip with 44 other teens from the San Francisco Bay area. It was my first visit to Israel, and the experience impacted me tremendously. It was not until I returned from the trip that I truly understood how my life had changed. You see, the day we…

April 9, 2024

Last week, I spoke with a student from Azusa Pacific University who had questions she needed answers to for an assignment on Judaism. During our conversation, she asked if I had ever personally experienced antisemitism and what that was like for me. I shared with her that I had been spit at …

April 2, 2024

If you ask a child what their three favorite days of the year are, one of them will inevitably be their birthday. And if you ask them why, they would probably say because they get presents. As we get older, our birthdays tend to be less about the presents and more about marking an important …

March 26, 2024

I used to love going to arcades with my quarters in hand and was always on the hunt for where the pinball machines were because I LOVE pinball! I would always be amazed at those people who were good at the whack-a-mole game because they could do it much better than me, so I continued stickin…

March 19, 2024

I want to start my weekly column by expressing my personal appreciation to everyone in the community who contacted Pasadena's City Council members and the Mayor to express how they felt about the city possibly adopting a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire. The individual city coun…

March 12, 2024

For the last several weeks, a lot of my attention has been focused on efforts to counter the latest attempts to get local city councils to adopt resolutions calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. I have watched past city council meetings and paid close attention to the …

February 27, 2024

I remember watching the show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader and thinking, “Did I really ever learn this information?” I know I had an excellent education, but some of the information I was taught either a) went right over my head or b) I didn’t think I would ever need the info, so…

February 20, 2024

President’s Day was always a weird holiday for me. When I was growing up, we usually got off school for both President Lincoln’s AND President Washington’s birthdays. I don’t remember when we stopped celebrating President Washington’s birthday by itself and had his lumped in with P…

February 6, 2024

Hi…, my name is Jason Moss, and I am a proud member of the Jewish community.

My Judaism is something I have been proud of for as long as I can remember. I was THAT kid who loved Sunday School and Hebrew School. I never thought of it as something I HAD to do…rather… it was something I …

January 30, 2024

This past Saturday, January 27, was UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day. As we have done for the past six years, our Jewish Federation brought the community together for our Sixth Annual Every Person Has a Name – our 25-hour Holocaust Commemoration and Vigil that the City of Pasade…

January 23, 2024

As our two daughters have grown up, they know that I'm who they should ask anytime they have a question about history or need help on a history-related assignment. And when they have a science or math question, they need to ask my wife.

 

I do not know when I realized that I found history…