Parshat Bamidbar: Reflected in the Shifting Sands With everything that’s been going on in Israel this past week, I find myself caught in moments of memory. Years ago, I remember exploring the Sinai desert, mostly on an Egged bus (Israel’s public bus system). A group of strangers would board the bus in Tel Aviv and
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Parshat Behar-Bechukotai: Standing Within and Bridging Outward Many years ago, I was working my way through the Royal Conservatory of Music grades and requirements for completion. I started playing piano at a very young age, along with my siblings. I always loved it, and was working with the same teacher well into my teen years,
Parshat Emor: Always a Voice, Never a Prophet I had an interesting conversation at our online coffee this week about prophecy. Judaism no longer believes in prophecy. Not that it doesn’t exist, but that it doesn’t work. The goal of the prophetic era was to have people change their behaviours and improve. Prophecy ended because,
Parshat Acharei Mot – Kedoshim: Somewhere, Far, Far Away Recently, I heard a funny reality about anyone who returns home from the International Space Station. Apparently, people who are there develop new habits for mundane life. They spend so much time there that the earth habits don’t work for them anymore. For example, when they
Parshat Tazria-Metzora: Didn’t Ask, Didn’t Tell, Didn’t Know The other day, I overheard a conversation one of my daughters was having with her friend online. She mentioned that another close friend of theirs (let’s call her Jane) had her baby and all was well. I heard the friend shout to her husband that the baby
Parshat Shemini: It Needs a Capital, a Symbol & a Number The other day, an elderly friend of mine asked for some help with her technology. She was trying to access an online shopping account one of her kids set up for her a while back but she couldn’t log into the account. We spent