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May 30, 2020, 10:35 PM
Post Shavuot inspiration
I hope you all had a wonderful and uplifting Shavuot. Over Shavuot we celebrated the giving of the 10 commandments. I started to think about what my 10 commandments of parenting would look like. This was a pretty tricky task,...
May 28, 2020, 11:42 AM
There is an ice cube on a table. It melts at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature in the room is 25 degrees. The temperature rises to 26 degrees, and the ice cube stays the same. 27 degrees and it...
Apr 5, 2020, 11:37 PM
Each year, looking over my Pesach shopping list I chuckle as I read “toothbrushes and toothpaste.” An essential purchase before Chag, and funnily enough it was the ancient Egyptians who invented the toothbrush and toothpaste... So many aspects of sippur...
Apr 5, 2020, 9:14 PM
Why is this night different to all other nights?
This year seder night will be different for all of us. Whether you had plans to be abroad or with friends or extended family, this year we find ourselves having seder with just our household. This may be your...
Mar 19, 2020, 10:33 PM
Parenting with the Parsha – Vayakhel Pekudei
“I can tell you how to raise your kids, but don’t ask me about my own kids!” So joked an educator in one parenting lecture I attended. It is easy to know the theory, but putting it into practice, now...
Mar 12, 2020, 5:26 PM
Parenting with the Parsha – Ki Tisa
For me, parshat Ki Tisa evokes images of the golden calf and the accompanying frivolity, Moshe smashing the tablets and the second set of Luchot. But in light of current world events, it was mention of the construction of...
Mar 6, 2020, 4:09 PM
Parenting with the Parsha – Tetzaveh
Last week’s parsha of Teruma focused on the construction of the Mishkan and its utensils. This week, parshat Tetzaveh continues with the Mishkan, providing instructions for the Kohanim who will serve within it. We read about the clothes of the...
Feb 28, 2020, 10:53 AM
Parenting with the Parsha – Terumah
The mishkan, an elaborate portable tent, was a spiritual centre for the service of God, as well as a place where God’s presence was openly manifested. In this week’s parsha of Terumah, the Torah provides us with details of...
Feb 21, 2020, 5:47 AM
Parenting with the Parsha -Mishpatim
Following the revelation at Sinai, this parsha details a series of laws: 53 mitzvot in total. One cannot help but wonder about the necessity and benefit of all these rules and details. Dr Norman Doidge (author of The Brain That...
Feb 14, 2020, 9:18 PM
Parenting with the Parsha – Yitro
I find it mind boggling whichever way I look at it. Yitro is a key parsha, it contains Har Sinai and the momentous giving of the Torah, it lists the famous Ten Commandments. These were, and still are life...
Ilana Harris is a teacher, educator, writer and blogger. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and four kids.