Archive for June, 2007

T minus 11 days

June 28, 2007

At first, our house was somewhat orderly. Then the movers descended like a swarm of locusts. Chaos reigns supreme! Where DOES all this stuff come from? It gets sorted into piles – garage sale, Goodwill, garbage, bring. Eventually order returns as stuff leaves. Tomorrow what remains of 4,000 square feet of house gets condensed...
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Chukat 5767 — The Torah of Flying

June 25, 2007
Chukat 5767 — The Torah of Flying

This week’s Torah portion contains detail after detail about the purification of a person who had been contaminated through contact with a corpse. The process started with finding a perfect red heifer, one without even a spot on it, it must have no blemish, and it must never have been used to work the...
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T-18 days to Aliyah; T-5 days to the movers!

June 21, 2007

I am feeling surprisingly calm considering that in five days a 40′ shipping container is going to appear in my driveway and all of my family’s worldly possessions will be crammed inside, and the box will be sent halfway around the world, hopefully to arrive in Israel in early August. Maybe it’s because this...
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Korach 5767 — God save the whistleblowers

June 21, 2007
Korach 5767 — God save the whistleblowers

At the opening of parshat Korach, this week’s Torah reading, Moses and Aaron, two brothers, have consolidated all the significant political and religious power to themselves. Moses is the temporal power – seemingly self-appointed President for life – and Aaron is the religious power, appointed, not elected, high priest for life. They have declared that the...
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Aliyah Journal: T-25 days and counting

June 14, 2007
Aliyah Journal: T-25 days and counting

If everything that happens, happens because it’s God’s will, what’s the message to having a tree fall on your house within a few weeks of when you are supposed to be leaving to make a new life in Israel? That’s what happened last Friday. One of the kids suggested that perhaps it meant God...
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Aliyah Journal — June 5, 2007

June 5, 2007
Aliyah Journal — June 5, 2007

Today – June 5 – marks 40 years on the secular calendar since the start of the Six Day War. On June 7 Israel captured the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Western Wall, from the hands of the Jordanians. And that’s why this entry is titled “June 5,” not “t-34 days,” because it is really...
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