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Jul 30, 2020, 9:42 AM
A Tisha B’av Journey of Covid-19 Wanderlust
Along with the many real struggles of vulnerability and loss during this time, many of us are experiencing the tense and captured feeling brought on by the shelter in place guidelines of Covid-19. Israelis grounded by closed airports and...
Apr 8, 2020, 2:23 PM
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It is erev Pesach 5780. Rather than welcome in generations of family from around the world, tonight we will sit at our regular table. Rather than listen to guests...
Dec 25, 2019, 11:04 PM
Long lasting miracles
Tante Anna convinced me that miracles that seem to be unique, discrete events can resonate throughout our daily lives; no time brings that home more than Hanukkah
Nov 28, 2019, 11:20 PM
When the New Moon falls on Black Friday
On a day that displays no outward trappings of its heightened sanctity, Israel joins the race to acquire and amass
Jun 6, 2019, 11:38 PM
‘We are reliant on the mercy of heaven’
I often struggle to appreciate how the festival of the wheat harvest and rejoicing in the Torah come together. Then a farmer explained it to me
Mar 19, 2019, 2:19 PM
Holy Chaos: What is your Purim like?
In the land of Israel, Purim can adequately compete as the most exhausting Jewish holiday, with children (and even offices) beginning to dress up and exchange gifts from the beginning of the month of Adar straight through the 14th...
Jan 21, 2019, 9:51 AM
Celebrating dried carob on Tu Bishvat
These short, cold, wet days, when most trees appear barren, are hardly festive, so we rejoice in the promise of what is yet to come
Nov 2, 2018, 3:18 PM
Love on the path to consolation
The gruesome murder of 11 unique Jewish souls joined in their community sanctuary last Shabbat morning weighs on the hearts and minds of those preparing for our day of rest. Additional victims and first responders continue to face their...
Sep 17, 2018, 5:16 PM
Coming alive on Yom Kippur
Caught in the drama of these days between Rosh Hashana’s celebration of the birth of humanity and the intensity of Yom Kippur, we are left contemplating the fundamentals of life. Back where it all began, in the moment of...
Sep 9, 2018, 11:12 AM
The primal baritone burst of the shofar
What do you think about when the shofar blasts on Rosh Hashanah?
Ilana Fodiman-Silverman is passionate about people, Jewish text and creative expression. She is the Director of Moed in Zichron Yaakov, Israel bringing together secular and religious Israelis to study and act.