Archive for October, 2007

Herodion before breakfast

October 24, 2007
Herodion before breakfast

Last night I was feeling a little bummed out about not having enough time for studying Torah anymore.  I’m working, which is good — and the consulting work I’m doing is interesting and well paying (at least by Israeli standards), and it is worthwhile work that makes a contribution, etc.  At the same time,...
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"…a land of olive oil, and honey"

October 17, 2007
"…a land of olive oil, and honey"

"Fifteen years ago," Saeed told me, "this month–the month of the olive harvest — was the most fun time of the year."  The whole extended family would come out to the fields, they would bring elaborate meals, it used to be a big party.  Now — because of the security situation — it’s not...
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Ohio Meets Rome in Israel

October 17, 2007
Ohio Meets Rome in Israel

Here’s a picture you don’t often get to see: a car with Ohio license plates sitting in front of a 2000 year old Roman aqueduct!  Don’t have any of those in Ohio! Getting an Israeli drivers’ license, and getting my car through Israeli customs were truly "adventures in bureaucracy."  Getting an Israeli driver’s license...
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Noah 5768

October 12, 2007
Noah 5768

Rabbi Leff wrote this D’var Torah for, and it was first published by Rabbis for Human Rights – Israel  . “Noah was a righteous and just man in his generation, God walked with Noah.”  …Genesis 6:9 There is a very famous Rashi on the opening verse in this week’s Torah portion.  The Torah tells...
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Rosh Hashana 5768 — Torah from Toledo

October 5, 2007

D’var Torah delivered at Kehilat Moreshet Avraham, Jerusalem, on the 2nd day of Rosh Hashana 5768.To see the original D’var Torah (in Hebrew) click on the following link: Download rh_5768.pdf I learned a new word in ulpan last week: l’hidamot, to become similar.  The teacher gave us an example: Yisrael midameh l’Artzot Habrit, Israel...
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