I take a lot of inspiration from a community that I discovered quite by accident while I was living and studying in Israel — the CouchSurfing community. What is that, you ask? CouchSurfing is an online community of travellers who open their homes to fellow travellers. As a host and as a guest, I’ve welcomed and been welcomed by dozens of people from all around the world, some of whom I’ve developed lasting friendships with after sharing just a few days...Read More
In honour of my grandfather's fourth Yahrzeit, I want to share this story that I wrote a few years ago. It was my first attempt at constructing something multimedia. It began as an opening intention at Sunset Service Toronto, at a session about loss and healing. I remember, as I delivered it, the tears flowed fresh and freely.Read More
Parashat Acharei Mot is a difficult parashah to read - extensively legalistic, it is the part of the Torah that outlines one of the many prohibitions we find immoral today: the prohibition of man lying with man. And the Haftarah from Ezekiel which accompanies it portrays the prophet relaying God’s displeasure with Israel, which has fallen into sin, and outlines God’s proposed methods for cleansing his holy city Jerusalem: diaspora and the burning of its inhabitants.Read More
When I first saw the famous scene of Josephine Baker dancing with her shadow in the 1934 film Zouzou, I had no idea about her legacy.
Read the full post, along with the reflections of other Black and Jewish community leaders, on My Jewish Learning's Jewish&.