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Elijah in the Time of Corona – a Passover Poem

I In the age of closed doors and mandated distance I tried ordering Matzah online. The only single boxes, (because with only two of us eating matzah with...

Too Many Gloves, Not Enough Love

This week, I was driving down Pico, and it was one of those annoying short trips where I hit every red light along the...

My Four Questions: Why Is This Year Different Than Any Other

On the night of April 8, we come together to celebrate the story of Passover and the freeing of the Jews from Egypt. In...

“As If” – Passover Teaches Empathy

The sages teach, “In every generation every individual must feel ‘as if’’ s/he came out of Egypt.” Two little words, ‘as if’, which are the...

The Timetable for Ending the Quarantine

A Harvard white paper from the Safra Center for Ethics reminds us that the Italian word quarantine refers to 40 days. The social distancing stay-at-home orders, the...

A Moment in Time: Embracing the Angels of Life this Passover

Dear all, I’m certain that as we observe the Seder rituals this year, the joyful reading of the Haggadah will be tempered by the realities...

Bill Gould on Faith No More’s Jewish Roots and New ‘Talking Book II’ Album

As a co-founder of legendary band Faith No More, Bill Gould first found international success when the 1987 single "We Care A Lot" took...

Viral Musings: Dealing with ‘Cabin Fever’ in the Days of COVID-19

Pretty much nothing really prepared us for the current statewide “Shelter-in-place” orders issued by Gov. Newsom in light the COVID-19 pandemic. Not to mention...

Ripple Effect: All the Nots

My family is not doing puzzles together. A friend commented that we didn’t do puzzles before the COVID-19 pandemic, so why the hell did I...

Let’s Take a Virtual Field Trip Together #SafeAtHome

Thanks to Global CommUnity for this list of Virtual Field Trips! While we are #SafeAtHome, we can explore the world from our...

We Must Maintain Our Humanity – Not Wealth – During COVID-19

Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl wrote, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose...

Bracing for the Week of Death

I tell you this to break your heart; by which I mean only that it break open and never close again to the rest of the world. – From...

Catalyst Campaigns’ Scott Goodstein on Yebiga, Working with Faith No More’s Bill Gould and Future Projects

Scott Goodstein is probably best known for his work with unique political campaigns that blend art, music, and culture. Having co-founded Punkvoter.com, Rock Against...

Israeli Babysitter Maven Comes to Corona Rescue [VIDEO]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RErKhGx8y08&feature=emb_title I know it sounds cliché already, but it’s true that some good things are coming out of the Corona crisis. For one, I’ve gotten...

In The Sea of Uncertainty

This Pesach, we tremble at the preciousness of life so we don't want to cause harm. This quaking in our bodies is an outgrowth of love. The Israelites felt...

ShemeshFarms: A Story About Resilience

This article was written by Michelle Cait https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLBTBgkFtcw&t=57s   In times of adversity and the unknown we look for inspiration all around us in hope of harnessing...

Life Social Distancing in Les Baux

Well, it’s a fine day here in Les Baux and yeah, yeah, yeah, ok enough of the Garrison Keiler talk because something huge has...

A Moment in Time: How is this Passover Different from all other Passovers?

Dear all, This year at Seder, the question is not, “How is this night different from all other nights?” Rather, the question is, “How is...

The Oy of Cooking – a poem for Torah Portion Tzav

And this is the law of the guilt offering. It is a holy of holies. Guilt is holy. Such a part of the Jewish DNA our Book has...

Funkadelic, Passover, Shabbat, COVID-19 and Me

What does it mean to be a slave? There is a redundancy of time and tasks; each day looks like the previous one and...

As An Asian Israeli, The Coronavirus Has Awakened Me to Our Racism

On Feb. 16, a young Taiwanese woman posted on the popular Facebook group Secret Tel Aviv that she was riding her bicycle and a...

Ripple Effect: Insanity

My daughter and I started doing a daily workout routine called Insanity. I cannot think of anything more appropriate for this crazy time than doing...

Social Distancing in France

Greetings from Les Baux. In my head right now, I am speaking that sentence in Garrison Keiler’s deep baritone voice ( “Greetings from Lake Woebegone…”). That...

#SafeAtHome We Said Go Travel News March 2020

March News 2020 with We Said Go Travel: I hope you and your family are #safeathome together and staying...

I’m a Rabbi and a Physician Assistant. This is Why I Want You to Stay Home.

“Stay home. Save lives.” These words blinked on the overhead electronic traffic sign as I sped down the highway. As a medical professional treating patients...

Nikki Yanofsky Talks ‘Black Sheep’ Album Release and Life During Coronavirus

Montreal-based singer and songwriter Nikki Yanofsky found success at an early age, setting a record as the youngest artist to have a #1 Billboard...

Parenting in Pandemic

On a Tuesday morning, I woke up and went to Target. I was annoyed, my plans had changed, an appointment was cancelled and instead...

Composer Craig Wedren on New ‘Sabbath Sessions’ Podcast and Meditation

Craig Wedren first found fame and acclaim as the frontman of the band Shudder To Think. A Washington D.C.-based group which released its first...

Flattening the Curve: A Conversation About the Pandemic With an Epidemiologist and Infection Control Specialist

I had the opportunity to speak with Lakshmy Menon, MPH (Master of Public Health), an epidemiologist who works as an infection preventionist in Los...

Shoah Foundation Head: Bigots Prey on Coronavirus to Incite Hate

As Americans adapt to the new normal of social distancing and stay-at-home orders, videoconferencing has become our lifeline. The likes of Zoom and FaceTime...

New Articles

Netanyahu Criticized for Having Son Attend His Passover Seder

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being criticized for having his son attend his Passover seder while Israel is on lockdown throughout the holiday. Netanyahu...

Swastikas Found on Alabama Synagogue

Swastikas were found on a synagogue in Alabama on the evening of April 8, authorities said. The Huntsville synagogue Etz Chayim had two swastikas drawn...

Hamas Arrests Palestinians for Zoom Chats With Israelis

On April 9, Hamas arrested several Palestinians in the Gaza Strip for having a Zoom call with Israelis. The UK Guardian reported that among those...

Census Asks American Jews — Are You White?

“My experience moving through society differs from those who are white,” said one Rabbi.

Zoom Provides Update Addressing Zoombombing

The video conferencing platform Zoom made available a security update to help users prevent Zoombombing. Zoombombing is when people disrupt a call, often with anti-Semitic...
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