Parshat Chukat: But It Was Only a Rock! Over the past 15 months, I have begun talking to the television more and more — I never used to talk to the television. I always found it amusing when I heard other people warn the characters in a movie not to go into the basement because
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Parshat Korach: A Moment That Defined a Leader This week I had the pleasure of seeing my extended family on Zoom as we gathered to celebrate my great-niece’s third birthday. I watched the little Zoom squares appear as each family signed on. Over the last 15 months, there have been new babies born into some
Parshat Shlach: When Worlds Collide One of the changes that has occurred over the last year and a half is my adjustment to working from home. I’m not working at home, I’m working from home. The difference is in how we view the content of the work. When I’m working at home, I’m doing the
Parshat BeHa’alotcha: I’ve Looked at Clouds… The other day I was watching the clouds. I remember learning about clouds in school and that there are different names for the different clusters and colours of clouds…I don’t remember what those are. I’m pretty good at identifying rain clouds or snow clouds (granted they’re pretty much the
Parshat Naso: Stand Up & Be Counted? I Don’t Think So This week, I completed the national census that the government sent everyone. It’s illegal to not participate. It makes some people nervous to be giving personal information to the government, which is an interesting measure of our trust in governments. Collecting information for a
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