Posts from February 2016

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The Puzzle of Israel

by Cantor Randall Schloss

Guest Blogger: Andy O’Connell! The group just returned home a few days ago. Jet lag aside, our journey to Israel has changed the way we think about Israel, and perhaps about Judaism and ourselves as well. Please enjoy this post-trip reflection by the ever-thoughtful Andy O’Connell…. I noticed when I was a lot younger that it’s hard […]

From Jerusalem to Masada

by Cantor Randall Schloss

Guest blogger: Dava Sitkoff! Our last Shabbat in Israel has ended and we have a gift for the new week: another blog entry. This time we are lucky to read reflections and a vivid description of our trip to Masada, the mountain-top fortress. I am thrilled that Dava agreed to write this blog entry. It […]

Deep into our Past

by Cantor Randall Schloss

Guest Bloggers: Susan Zeiger and Jeff Katz! Tonight we get a two-for-one deal. In addition to enjoying their nuanced views on ancient Jerusalem, perhaps you can play a guessing game of who wrote what…. Wed 17 Feb 2016 Today we delved deep into Jerusalem’s past – historically, physically and spiritually. We launched our journey from […]

Shabbat in Israel

by Cantor Randall Schloss

Guest Blogger for today: Len Davidson! I don’t know what it is about Israel, blogging and birthdays, but Len wrote this one on his birthday as well. He writes beautifully about Shabbat, but refrained from telling you about how we all celebrated his birthday by making custom chocolates at Kibbutz Deganya in the Galilee. We […]

Israel: When you Put up a Wall, You Have to Live Within It

by Cantor Randall Schloss

Guest Blogger: Leah Schloss! Yesterday, we heard from an Arab Israeli about his struggle to be treated as a full citizen of Israel. We met Maher at the Beit Hagefen Center in Haifa. Haifa is one of the most integrated Israeli cities among Jews and Arabs. Maher runs a community center that tries to build […]

The Birth of Israel (and others!)

by Cantor Randall Schloss

We didn’t blog on Shabbat! But welcome to our first guest blogger, Spence Gould. Not only did he stay up late to share his thoughts, but he did it on his birthday. Happy birthday Spence! Sunday, 14-2-16, 11 pm, Israeli time, Tel Aviv   ~Spence Gould~ Have JUST concluded another enlightening day on our TOS trip […]

Notes From Israel — Pre-trip!

by Cantor Randall Schloss

I’ve been listening to Joni Mitchell’s Hejira a lot these days. It’s a wonderful album full of songs of journeys. The song “Amelia” in particular speaks of traveling through desert and seeing the streaks of vapor trail from six planes become the strings of a guitar. The Amelia of the title is Amelia Earhart, the aviation pioneer. Tomorrow […]

It’s Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

by Naomi Gurt Lind

What does Inclusion include? “Kol Yisrael arevim zeh la-zeh.” All Jews are responsible for one another. The Jewish emphasis on community and caring for each other is inherent in our tradition, from The Talmud through Maimonides’ tiers of righteousness to today’s great thinkers. Rabbi Harold Kushner has taught, “Jews don’t pray for, Jews pray with,” […]

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