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Virtual Vacations

COVID-19 changed the world as we know it… for now at least. We are quarantined; we cannot see our loved ones nor can we travel. This has had a negative impact on almost everyone, especially those in the traveling and vacation business. Luckily, many of these companies and organizations thought of ground-breaking ways to keep their businesses running. This has ... Read More »

Shabbat R&R

If Shabbat is Israel’s national weekly day for rest and relaxation, does it mean that all Israelis to some extent observe Shabbat? In thinking about this issue, I have reached the following surprising conclusion: The line between a recreational activity and a Shabbat activity that exists in America disappears in Israel. In America, in order for a recreational activity on ... Read More »

Why I am Hopeful

Listen to the musn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.— Shel Silverstein It will be mid-summer by the time this issue reaches your homes, in the strangest year in recent history. We are grappling with a ... Read More »

Making Teshuva

The Torah couldn’t be clearer: We are ALL created B’tzelem Elohim – in the image of G-d. What does that mean? It means that every one of us is entitled to live and die with dignity, to be treated with respect, and to have our basic human needs met. The events over the last month or so have compounded to ... Read More »

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