A Reflection for Canada Day 2021

Today is July 1. Canada Day. In most years, it’s a day of celebration. A day of fireworks, flags, and barbecues. A day where Canadians celebrate the goodness of our country. Diversity. Freedom. Health care. Poutine. (Seriously, I love poutine.) Canada Day is also a special day for me personally. July 1, 2011 marked theContinue reading “A Reflection for Canada Day 2021”

“Children of One Ancestor” – The Talmud on Being Human

In this passage from Talmud Sanhedrin 37a, the Rabbis turn to one of the best-known stories in the Torah – the story of the creation of the world – in order to teach an important lesson about humanity: Why was Adam created alone? To teach that anyone who destroys one soul is considered as ifContinue reading ““Children of One Ancestor” – The Talmud on Being Human”

The Need for Rest: What We Can Learn From the Land

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’m so busy! I can’t take a break or else I’ll never catch up.” It’s a universal concern – we’ve all felt that way at one time or another. This week’s parashah addresses this issue – only it’s not talking (directly) about people, but rather about land. “Six yearsContinue reading “The Need for Rest: What We Can Learn From the Land”

“The Earth God Has Given” – Blessings as Mindfulness and Gratitude

The practice of saying blessings is very ancient in Judaism. In this Talmudic text, the sage Rabbi Levi gives a beautiful explanation and meaning for the practice: Rabbi Levi raised a contradiction between two texts in the Psalms: On the one hand, it is written: “The earth and all it contains belongs to the Eternal”Continue reading ““The Earth God Has Given” – Blessings as Mindfulness and Gratitude”

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