Author Archives: Michal Kohane

Shabbat Achrei-Mot-Kedoshim and some

Friday morning: broom and dust-pin in one hand, mop and soapy bucket in the other, heading up the apartment building’s stairs for the weekly cleanup, when a neighbor stops me: ‘are you maybe interested in another building? I know up … Continue reading

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The New Month of Iyar, then and now

It’s a new month in the Hebrew calendar; the month of Iyar. There’s a famous midrash on its name, marking it as an acronym for the words – Ani Hashem (G-d’s name is marked by the letter Yod) Rof’echa, meaning, … Continue reading

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Corona Journal – Yom HaSho’a in silence

My great grandmother, Flora Grünberger of blessed memory, loved to ice-skate. In the winter months, when the Oder river would freeze over, she’d take her granddaughter, my mom, both bundle up, and go out into the cold. Gliding on their … Continue reading

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Corona Journal (5) – After Pesach – ימי הקורונה (5) – אחרי פסח

In front of my apartment building, within the prescribed 100-meter allowed, of course, two women walking by deep in conversation: “yesterday I saw my neighbor without a mask, can you believe it? If I see him again going out like … Continue reading

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ימי הקורונה – ערב פסח: 3 תמונות – Corona Journal, Passover Eve in 3 vignettes

ערב חג. בצהרים. הבית די מוכן, הבישולים כבר כאן, ועוד דבר אחד נשאר: חבילה קטנה, האם אוכל להעביר לבן שנמצא לא רחוק, במעין חצי בידוד? למדנו את מפת המחסומים המצופים לקראת השעה 15:00 והאיזור נראה פתוח. יוצאים בדרך עוקפת, מסכות, … Continue reading

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פרשת צו, הדף ובעיקר – האש, האש – The Torah portion of Tzav, a little daf & mostly, the Fire, the Fire!

There are more than 5800 verses in the Torah and almost every day I fall in love with a different one, but this Torah portion definitely holds one of the very top: יש יותר מ-5800 פסוקים בתורה, וכמעט כל יום … Continue reading

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Corona Journal (3) ימי הקורונה

Our building’s “va’ad bayit” (house committee) sent out an email letting us know that the building’s cleaning lady is now working from home, so please don’t be too messy in the public areas. And I thought, mmm… the next day, … Continue reading

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ToD: Tractate Shabbat (13b): About Troubles

Chananya ben Chizkiya ben Garon is known for hosting, in his attic, an interesting meeting between the sages of Beit Samai and Beit Hillel. The era is most likely right around the destruction of the 2nd Temple and Great Revolt … Continue reading

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Corona Journal day something (2) – English & עברית

כבר הרבה זמן יושב איתי רעיון: “ישיבה-אשראם”. מקום שישלב יהדות ויוגה, חוכמות מזרח ובית. חלום גדול. וגם פשוט ביותר. הלוא הבאנו הכל מכל העולם, אוכל ותבלינים ולבוש ומוסיקה וצעדי ריקוד, אז למה לא גם תירגולת בריאה לגוף, מתיחות בקר וערב, … Continue reading

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Tod: Reading to Candle Light – Tractate Shabbat 12b – מהדף היומי: לקרוא לאור הנר, מסכת שבת

G-d willing, when we emerge from this, there will be much to research about the impact on social isolation on our lives, health and well-being, and yes, I know about zoom and facebook streaming, even live, and skype and look, … Continue reading

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