Author Archives: Michal Kohane

Another Mountain (Be’har -Bechukotai)

I haven’t seen him since I left Brooklyn, almost two years ago: “let’s walk and talk, and you can tell me what’s been going on with you; you can begin wherever you want…”, I said excitedly. “Ok, then”… he started … Continue reading

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It’s because of me… Lag Ba’omer, 5781

Lag Ba’omer of my childhood was the most fun, most dangerous, craziest day of the year. For weeks before, we hunted for board, twigs, broken anything, old school papers; anything that would make a fantastic bonfire, the highest, the brightest, … Continue reading

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Love-ly Holy Spring – להיות לי…

שתי פרשות, שונות ודומות כמעט בלב ספר ויקרא: אחד מספרת לנו על קדושת הכהן הגדול וקדושת היום הקדוש, יום הכיפורים, והשניה, על הקדושה של כולנו, בכל הפרטים הקטנים של החיים. כן, התשובה היא עדיין, כן…. בסוף פרק כ:26, כתוב: וִהְיִ֤יתֶם … Continue reading

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Tears of sadness, tears of joy

Yom Hazikaron. Memorial Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers and terror victims. We cry all day because this day is – and is made to be – so, so sad. The music. The ceremonies. The pictures. The stories. Then, within moments, … Continue reading

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No too much silence – לא יותר מידי שתיקה (או: לא. יותר מידי שתיקה….)

10am on Yom HaSho’a, Memorial Day for the Holocaust and Bravery. The traditional siren is sound, wailing through the air, cutting through everything, silencing everything else. It echoes all around the country, outside and inside, the radio, pausing its sad … Continue reading

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Ending on a High Note – לצאת בשירה

Pesach means to “pass-over” but according to some, it’s also pe-sach, literally, a speaking mouth. Everything to do with this holiday is about our mouth: much attention goes into what we put into it, and what comes out. No wonder … Continue reading

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Half Slave-Half Free: Yetzi’at Mitzrayim, Taking out Egypt…. חצי עבד, חצי בן חורין: היציאה של מצרים

The name Pesach, aside from being a reminder of God’s “passing-over”, can also be read as pe-sach, literally, “a talking mouth”. No wonder that such a holiday, which is based on things going into our mouth and coming out of … Continue reading

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In the beginning, there was a small Alef… בראשית היתה אלף…

Imagine: you are about the start teaching Torah to young children, and you have to pick where to start them. Which story would it be? Abraham’s journey, Rachel at the well, Joseph’s coat, Miriam watching Moses floating in the basket, … Continue reading

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The Greatest Miracle in the Torah – הנס הכי גדול בתורה

When I say that this Torah portion describes the biggest miracle in the Torah, my listener tends to think either one of us is the wrong week… but, to me, it is. Often, when we refer to miracles, events out … Continue reading

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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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