When things just aren't right Some ritual is required To get back on track This week's haiku was inspired by what Anita Silvert wrote on her blog, Jewish Jems, for this portion. She puts a new spin on the idea of being tamei (impure), comparing it to being "in a foul mood, an impure psychological state of mind". It takes a ritual of sorts - a shower, a change of clothes, a session with a therapist or maybe just a glass of wine...Read More
As an 18-year-old I spent a year living and studying in Israel. In one class, the teacher talked to us about his aliyah experience. He told us that by moving to Israel, he could have a say in the Jewish future, because he could vote in the Israeli elections, and that we, in the Diaspora, could never have the same direct influence on Israeli society, or by extension play the same part in our shared Jewish future.
He was right that I wasn’t able to vote in last month’s Israeli elections, but he was...Read More
As World Malaria Day approaches on April 25, I have been reflecting on how much I have learned and accomplished as a Religious Action Center and Nothing But Nets Malaria Fellow over the past three semesters. Nothing But Nets is a global grassroots campaign that raises money to send mosquito nets to Sub-Saharan Africa to prevent malaria. I had firsthand experience while studying in Kenya and Tanzania...Read More
This message is being written during the most sensitive hours in Israel – the time in between Israeli Memorial Day for fallen IDF soldiers and victims of terror and Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day. Here in Israel, many of us arrived this morning at military cemeteries across the country to remember fallen family members and friends. The two-minute siren that sounded at 11am silenced the disagreements and arguments between people and...Read More
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