Author Archives: Michal Kohane

משה ואסתר: בין פורים ופסח

משה ואסתר?? רגע, לא התכוונת מרדכי ואסתר? או אולי, משה וציפורה?? אבל כמו ש”לכל איש יש שם”, ו”לכל סיר יש מכסה”, לכל גיבור במסורת שלנו יש גיבורה מקבילה. גיבורה זו איננה זוגתו לחיים שהיא במקרים רבים זו שמשלימה אותו ולכן … Continue reading

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Between Purim and Pesach

(This was prepared as a talk for Beth Jacob, Oakland as we mark one year to COVID-19; link to the full event below; talk begins at min13:30). We are right between Purim and Pesach – seemingly moving from one holiday … Continue reading

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Chaplaincy with Queen Esther – ליווי רוחני עם אסתר המלכה

Esther’s Fast Day at my chaplaincy. Esther here has been sick for a while and not getting better. When I visit her on Monday, she tells me she’s done; she’s been fighting all her life and can’t do it no … Continue reading

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At home with G-d & half an Ark – בבית עם אלוהים וחצי ארון

When my kids were younger, we used to read the story about the six blind men and the elephant, all standing around the huge animal in an effort to “see” it, each arguing that the part of elephant they are … Continue reading

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Yes and yes: Mishpatim, Sh’kalim, Rosh Hodesh Adar…

רק בשבוע שעבר, עמדנו לרגלי הר סיני לכבוד מתן תורה, עדים למופע אור-קולי פנטסטי שעד היום קשה להסביר, והנה, מגיעה פרשת השבוע הזה, פרשת משפטים, עם כל מיני פרטים קטנטנים ואתגריים, כמו מה לעשות עם שור שנגח, מישהו שנפל לתוך … Continue reading

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Developing the ability to hear and see – something short for Shabbat Yitro – ללמוד לראות ולשמוע – משהו קצר על פרשת יתרו

This week’s reading opens with “and Yitro… heard… and came”. Within 5 verses, his name is mentioned 3 times. What did he hear is the subject of many commentaries. Maybe about the war with Amalek; maybe about the Giving of … Continue reading

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Her eyes in the Mirror – 15 years later

On the day of her funeral, the sun was shining, and the sky was a clear, bright blue. Funerals’ weather somehow is always meaningful, whether “the sky is crying” or not. For my mom’s, it was a glorious spring day, … Continue reading

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Free to be a Tree… (B’shalach & Tu Bishvat)

“Now when Pharaoh let the people go”… so begins this week’s Torah portion, and one wonders: wait, wasn’t it G-d who let the people go? how come, after the Ten Plagues and all the miracles, all of a sudden Pharaoh … Continue reading

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The best is yet to come (The Torah portion of Bo) ! כל הטוב עוד לפנינו * פרשת בא

I don’t like to get into politics. My views are mixed. I find myself agreeing with opposite leaders, conflicting ideas. I generally think we have to problem-solve challenges with what’s needed and right for them, right then and there, instead … Continue reading

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The Modeling Frog – צפרדע לדוגמא (הצפרדע הדוגמנית) – דף ופרשה

My aunt of blessed memory used to collect frogs; I mean, not live ones, although they did have a small pond in their backyard with which I, the “city girl” (if you can call Haifa a “city”) in love with … Continue reading

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