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News from Israel 5.4.24

Shabbat Shalom everyone,

This past weekend, while you were all busy celebrating Easter like good Jews, I visited Boston with my friend Raz. Some of you might know, that just like Rabbi Morrison, I am a red sox fan.

I root for them not only because I like the color red, or because I care deeply about baseball - but because I grew up in Brookline,...Read more...

News From Israel 23.3.24

Shabbat Shalom everyone, and almost Purim Sameach. 

Purim is a very special holiday. Not only is it my brother’s favorite holiday, but the atmosphere around the holiday is incredibly unique.

As a kid in Israel, excitement around Purim is incredibly high. The process of picking or making a costume, the special days in school leading up to...Read more...

 News From Israel 2.3.24

Shabbat Shalom, 

I want to thank you all for your warm wishes, I feel much better now and I’m happy to be back.

As many of you know, Omri and I also work at the Reena foundation - a non-profit organization for people with developmental disabilities. The work in Reena has been absolutely incredible, and we are nothing short of lucky to be...Read more...

News From Israel 27.1.24

Shabbat Shalom,

Last week I told you about my late grandfather, Alexander Steinberg. Today, I would like to tell you about another important person to me; Margalit Pikarsky. 

Margalit was my grandmother’s older sister. For some, that might seem pretty distant. But not for my family, and certainly not for Margalit. She was a big part of my life, and of all my family’s lives.

Growing up, for me, Margalit was the...

News from Israel 18/11/23

Sharon -

If you look in the crowd today, you might be able to spot someone very special to me. And no, today I am not referring to Omri or Rabbi Morrison. 

I’ll give you a clue - some people say our faces are very similar. Joining us today, is my dad. Aba. I’m very lucky he was able to arrive to Toronto - and give me a little taste of home.

Let me tell you a little bit about my dad. He grew up in...Read more...

D'var Israel 11/11/23


Kristallnacht, also known as the Night of Broken Glass, refers to the pogrom against Polish and German Jews, which was orchestrated by SS and SA forces along with the participation of German civilians, throughout Nazi Germany on November 9-10, 1938.

Eighty-five years ago, Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues were ruthlessly smashed, set on fire, and destroyed, leaving the...Read more...

News from Israel 21/10/23

Sharon -

 I’m sure all of you are well aware about the recent events occurring in Israel. Two weeks ago, Friday night, I saw the first alert of sirens in Israel. At first, I thought this is just another round - a feeling that is all too familiar for Israelis. As you all know - the past few weeks have been anything but a normal reality. 

What has been even more abnormal - is not being...Read more...

Simchat Torah 7/10/23


Simchat Torah is the holiday we have all been waiting for, whether consciously or unconsciously. Throughout the entire High Holidays season, we have made sure to prepare ourselves to receive the Torah and resume reading from it. We have shared our intentions to have the ability to absorb all the wisdom that the Torah has to offer.

In my town, located in Israel, Simchat Torah is...

Sukkot 30/09/23

Omri -

Sukkot is the opening of our new year, it's the first occasion, the first event that we can celebrate with full joy in our hearts. 

After Yom Kuppur, after we've had a day to seek redemption and improve ourselves for the coming year, now it's our time to follow it and celebrate it.

But not to celebrate it alone but rather to do it with other people as it's a...Read more...

Arriving in Toronto 9/9/23

Sharon -

Good morning everyone, or as we were taught to say here in Canada - we hope this speech finds you well. My name is Sharon (or Sharon, whatever you prefer), and Omri and I will be your Shinshinim this year. The UJA Shinshinim program allows Israeli teens such as ourselves to join the Toronto jewish community for a year.

We are so happy to be joining the Beth Emeth community this year, and...Read more...

Yom Kippur 25/09/23


I want you to take a deep breath, and look around you. This quiet feeling is about to fill the country of Israel in less than two days. Yom Kippur in Israel is an extraordinary feeling. Its almost as if time stops. Before Yom Kippur starts, we always went to my grandma's place in Jerusalem for a final meal. Afterwards, we drove home in order to get get ready for synagogue in time. 

We...

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