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Empty out to bring something new for this Chag Shavuot

Every so often, through the miracles of the internet, I chance upon “old” photos, from 3-6-12-24.. months ago and even more… photos with people hugging, leaning, sitting shoulder to shoulder… everything is back to normal. Almost. I am walking down … Continue reading

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Kindness + Kingdom = Yom Yerushalayim

We’re in the last week of “The Omer”, or the period of the counting of the Omer, between Pesach and Shavuot. The Kabbalists consider it a special time of inner growth and describe how every week is associated with one of … Continue reading

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Counting as a Sign of Love: Emor, Behar & the 39 melcahot

Counting is an act of love. Initially this statement might not sound so good. It stands in contradiction with what we have been taught and therefore think of love: Love should be free, flowing, feely, not measured… Brrr… I think … Continue reading

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Masks & Music: Pesach Sheni, Parshat Emor, Taste of Daf

Erev Pesach Sheni. Near Tzefat, people are celebrating at the gravesite of Rav Yehuda bar Ila’ee, a sage of the Mishna era, around the second century. Chairs are 2 meters (6’) apart, masks on face, and yet, they manage inspiring … Continue reading

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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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