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Jun 5, 2020, 6:19 AM
Our nation: a sum of all parts?
We have been given some painful reminders this year. Values we cherish, priorities we thought ordered correctly, rights and freedoms we took for granted have been placed at risk or taken from us altogether. The first months of 2020 alone...
May 27, 2020, 1:54 AM
Location, location, location – no man’s land: Shavuot
Apparently as early as 1926, property experts were citing "location, location, location" as the three determinants of the desirability of a property. Our 21st century property experts and event planning mavens might find it hard to fathom why a...
May 21, 2020, 8:09 AM
Light Philanthropy: Bamidbar
I think we have all been moved by the medical teams around the world who have worked (sometimes at their own risk) to treat corona-ill folks over the last few months. We have shed a tear upon witnessing the...
May 14, 2020, 8:03 PM
Cushioning The Blow: Behar-Bechukotai
Those who will have the opportunity to attend synagogue services this Saturday during another corona-impacted Shabbat, will perhaps hear (or struggle to hear as we will see) one of the most harsh and difficult passages of the Torah. There, across...
May 7, 2020, 8:33 PM
Corona Impact: Butterflies In Our Hands – Emor
Companies and organizations globally are going through major upheaval including an arguably unprecedented strain on budget and resources as they reassess in the gloomy shadow of the corona virus that has swept across borders, communities and industries. As unemployment figures...
Apr 30, 2020, 11:44 PM
Learning to Love – Acharei Mot-Kedoshim
Where there is love there is life. So said Mahatma Gandhi. Among dozens of other mitzvot (commandments) laid out in this week's double Torah portion, one comes along and appears to instruct us how to feel. We are commanded to love. Rabbi...
Michael Lawrence has been Financial Resource Development Unit Head & Chief Development Officer at the Jewish Agency for Israel since 2016.