My Chanukah highlights

I love this photo of our daughter's hand on my wife's hand as she lit the last night's candles.

While most of the world was gearing up for the Christmas (or Christmas analog) holidays, we celebrated the festival of Chanukah, my favourite festival of the year. I thought I’d share my Chanukah highlights in a series of photographs. I usually take photos on each of the eight days of the candles, and this year…… Continue reading My Chanukah highlights

Sitting with difficult emotions

A serene evening view at St Kilda in Melbourne

I noticed this quote on Tumblr. I’ve noticed on the few occasions I’m able to just sit with difficult emotions in a meditation, they tend not to be as monolithic as they otherwise seemed beforehand. https://zenwords.tumblr.com/post/188147050745/being-with-the-body-and-sitting-with-what-arises On a related note, it’s been a while since I read anything by Jack Kornfield. I really enjoyed his…… Continue reading Sitting with difficult emotions

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: https://twitter.com/skjask/status/1143599428219150336?s=20 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…… Continue reading We can be more considerate towards each other in prayer too

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…… Continue reading Tragedy and Inspiration in Jerusalem

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…… Continue reading You can now read important Jewish texts like the Talmud online

Ancient Hebrew texts emerges from the ashes

Completed virtual unwrapping for the En-Gedi scroll, courtesy of Science Advances. License: CC BY-NC 4.0

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.