Monthly Archives: May 2014

Memorial Day, Jerusalem Day & The Sotah – 3 (very separate) pieces

A few years ago when I was working on the annual ceremony for Yom Hazikaron, in my usual zeal and enthusiasm, I invited, begged and twisted every arm around me to attend. For the Israelis among us Yom Hazikaron, the … Continue reading

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attention to details as love

My Berlin side of the family should have loved the Torah portion opening the Book of Bamidbar, or Numbers. To the “un-yeke” eye, this might look as a boring section, but there is much more. On the surface, nothing happens. … Continue reading

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A Second Chance

As far as I can remember, I’ve had one association with the 14th of Iyar: It’s the day my father, Aharon Kohane z”l, passed away. He was only 48 years old and died from ALS, a horrible debilitating disease. As … Continue reading

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(Modern) Israel Days; (Ancient) Israel Ways

Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut: Yom Hazikaron begins here not with sunset the day of, but with the first note of somber Israeli music, broadcasted from 9000 miles away, 10 extra hours earlier. Obsessively, I listen to galgalatz (Israeli music … Continue reading

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Count this day too

If by any chance you forgot one of the Torah holidays, fear not! There is one chapter where you can find them all: Leviticus 23, in the heart of the Torah portion of Emor. All together – seven (7) holidays, … Continue reading

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