We can be more considerate towards each other in prayer too

Shoshanna shared this tweet about her friend who went to shul to say Kaddish for a parent: It’s a reminder that there’s always room to be more considerate towards each other, especially in prayer. I’m not particularly religious, but when something means so much to someone, we can slow down a bit, and be more […]

Tragedy and Inspiration in Jerusalem

My friend visited me recently, and I took some time off to spend with him. One of our day trips was to Jerusalem, primarily to visit Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. We started off by taking a relatively new train to Jerusalem from the Ben Gurion Airport. This train takes about half an […]

You can now read important Jewish texts like the Talmud online

This story appeals to me on so many levels. Perhaps the biggest reason why it excites me is that I’m very much in favour of important works like the Talmud being made freely available online, if anything, as an important cultural and historical resource. After a prolonged negotiation process, and a substantial gift from the […]

A return to a sense of belonging and the tragedy that preceded it

If anything, the global Jewish community should be looking for more ways to unite, no push each other away. Tanya’s story about her return to a sense of belonging is heartwarming.

Raising a Jewish family is very much a journey

My wife contributed a post to the All Things Mom Sydney blog titled “The Religious Effect: Raising children within a Jewish Family” which describes many of the decisions we have made.

Ancient Hebrew texts emerges from the ashes

A group of scientists have collaborated to recover portions of the En-Gedi scroll, ancient Hebrew texts that were almost destroyed by fire over 1 700 years ago.

Joy and Shabbos candles

Shabbos candles have lit up my home for decades and their light literally lifts my spirits. When those candles are lit, everything feels like it will be ok.

Our Holocaust and ancient spirituality

I visited the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, Yad Vashem, with my mother on her first day in Israel. It was the beginning of a profound journey in my new home.

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