Adam Milstein writes for the JNS, Times of Israel, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and many other news organizations that also have personal opinion columns where he has talked about famous historical figures and what modern Jews can learn from them. Judas Maccabeus is one that has particularly inspire him because he led a Jewish army that didn’t have the strongest of weapons, but their tremendous skills and ability to make up for their lack in numbers and weapons enabled them to defeat their foes and preserve the Jewish way of life. Milstein says today’s world of hateful ideology and mass opposition to Israel’s welfare will also implore Jews to use Maccabean tactics, but not just on the battlefield.
Adam Milstein calls on Jewish parents to encourage their children to embrace the characteristics of the men who have led Israel and Jews in the diaspora over the years, and those main characteristics are pride and courage. The pride he refers to is not arrogance, but rather being pleased to identify as a Jew and to help others understand why Israel has been so important to the world. And the second is courage not to back down when confronted by those who do not believe in the same way. Loyalty and treating all Jews like family is what will be the glue to hold the communities together Milstein says.
Adam Milstein is from Israel and is married to Gila Milstein and has three daughters who also have their own children. He was born in 1952, served in the Israeli Defense Forces from 1971 to 1974 and finished his 4-year degree at the Technion in 1978. He moved to the US just three years later and after finishing graduate school started going into real estate. Today he helps run one of the US’s top investment and brokerage firms known as Hager Pacific Properties.
Aside from writing articles, Adam Milstein also is involved in the community planning events that celebrate Israel’s history and speaking at college campuses to Jewish coalitions. He also is a board member of StandWithUs, the organization who held the Inspired by Israel video contest that awarded $20,000 in prize money to contestants who captured the stories of Israelis in videos they produced. Milstein was named in a 2016 article as one of the top 50 influential Jews in the world today.