Kriyat Habonim Blog

Yom Kippur

Reflection, self-evaluation, and the opportunity for apology and change. I have always loved the message behind Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and the period in between. In my humble opinion, it’s important for everyone to take the time to ask: Mirror, mirror in my...

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Arbaim Shana

Arbaim Shana As this song focuses on the Jewish people’s 40 year stint in the desert, some emotions are brought to the fore. When I think about all those who were stuck in the wilderness for all that time, I cannot imagine how hopeless, aimless and overwhelmed they...

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Shavuot

Shavuot is a festival that typically marks when the Jews received the Torah and Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. Apart from this and the custom of eating cheesecake, that was about the extent to the knowledge I had of this chag. As a cultural Jew, at first glance, a...

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Sivan Rosh Chodesh Knowledge Bomb

The Australia Wildfire; How You Contributed and How We Can Help   At-least 28 humans were killed in the wildfire in Australia, earlier this year and late last year, and over one billion animals have also been wiped out along with 17.9 million acres of land...

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Yom Ha’azmaut

During this time of confusion and isolation, it is increasingly difficult to find the positives within everyday life. Yom Ha’atzmaut, however, is something that should be celebrated - even if, this year, it’s just within your immediate family. Translated to the day of...

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Yom Ha’zikaron

Yom Ha’zikaron, the day of remembrance. One of the saddest days in the Israeli calendar situated directly before Yom Ha’atzmaut. Israel’s Independence Day and one of the happiest days in the Israeli calendar. Why? How can we be so happy such a short time after the...

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Iyyar Rosh Chodesh Knowledge Bomb

The Only Jew in the Village Growing up Jewish at a non-Jewish state school “Jewish or Private?” This was one of the first questions my mother was asked a few months before I entered secondary school. “Neither, she’s going to the local mixed comprehensive.” My mum...

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Pesach

We’re approaching pesach - one of the holiest chaggim in the Jewish calendar. We celebrate the emancipation of the Jews from Egyptian rule and think deeply into what it means to be oppressed. Whilst I’m all for delving into my Jewish history and learning about our...

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Nissan Rosh Chodesh Knowledge Bomb

Max with the fax Well...March 2020, probably the most significant and memorable of months for all of us. A lot happened in March: a virus has spread across the world effecting thousands, Harvey Weinstein finally saw justice and the Me Too movement had a big win and...

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