Dvar Israel: Shabbat, May 27, 2017

"Those who have a why to live can bear with almost any how.” - Viktor Frankl

This is the quote I opened with in my very first Dvar and now 9 months later I’m standing here ready to deliver my last Dvar Israel. I remember the first time I spoke from the Bima, I remember my sweaty palms, shaking legs, trembling voice, and my eyes filling with tears when everyone started to sing Hatikvah - התקווה together. It didn’t occur to me that a congregation so far away from Israel will dedicate their time to talk, hear, ask and honor Israel.

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Dvar Israel: Shabbat, May 6, 2017

Being in Canada on Yom Haazmaut, Israel’s Independence Day was better than I expected. I thought I was going to be home in my room, all by myself, jealous of my friends back home in Israel. They all got together and celebrated completely with pure joy and total pride. I forget, that after being here for more than 8 months, I am in my home away from home. I was surprised to discover that Canadians also celebrate Israel’s Yom Haazmaut! Bar and I, were invited to a Jewish student party on the eve of Yom Haazmaut. There were so many people who came to celebrate Israel. It was amazing.

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Dvar Israel: Shabbat, April 29, 2017

In Israel we commemorate Yom Hazikkaron - Remembrance Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror attacks, on the Hebrew date of 5-Iyyar which begins this year on the evening of April 30th. The following day, beginning the evening of May 1 through 2nd, we celebrate Yom Haatzmaut - Israel’s Independence Day. An odd combination, isn’t it? In the course of just one day our nation switch moods twice; from sadness, appreciation and empathy as appropriate for Yom Hazikkaron to happiness and joy in celebration of Independence day. While this combination may seem odd, it illustrates the typical Israeli made up of this very mixture.

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