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A Mixed Bag

A Mixed Bag

A Mixed Bag Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) has always been a mixed bag.  Yes, for most Israelis, it is a day of unalloyed celebration, of mangals, plastic hammers and silly string. It is a day that marks the return of Jewish self-determination in their...
Total Eclipse and a (Lunar) Chart

Total Eclipse and a (Lunar) Chart

Total Eclipse and a (Lunar) Chart In five days, that is Monday, April 8, Toronto will witness a near-total solar eclipse between 2:04 pm and 4:31 pm, with the peak happening at 3:19 pm. At that moment, most of the Sun’s light will be covered by the Moon,...
Seven Times in 19 Years

Seven Times in 19 Years

Seven Times in 19 Years This year (5784) is a leap year in the Jewish calendar, which means we’ll be following the month of ADAR with the sequel ADAR 2 right after.  This also means that we will have to wait a little longer to celebrate the Jewish anti-Halloween Purim...

An Accounting of the Soul

An Accounting of the Soul The month of Elul is dedicated to introspection, for ḥeshbon nefesh – an accounting of the soul.  The intervening days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur provide us with yet another opportunity to reflect on one’s past actions and...

Pitter Patter

Pitter Patter We can be many things at this time of year. We can be humble. We can be introspective. We can be reverential. We can be forgiving. The one thing we’re NOT supposed to be is complacent. Complacency, that is, the uncritical satisfaction with oneself and...