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Ayeka in the News

Turning Towards Relationships

Published in Ayeka by Debra Shaffer Seeman
Posted on May 24, 2020

Last week was hard. It was raw and messy, replete with mediocre parenting, a sense of working harder than ever before, and an awareness that we – and those we love – were treading water at best. This week was hard. Wants morphed into needs, the shiny potentialities presented by COVID-19 became tarnished, and respite Continue Reading »

In Light of Covid-19, Ayeka Reorganizes its North America Activities

Published in Ayeka by Ayeka
Posted on May 20, 2020

Jerusalem, Israel, May 20, 2020 – Ayeka: The Center for Soulful Education today announced that as a result of the impact on COVID 19 on the organization’s activities and funding, it has made adjustments to its programming and staff. As part of these changes, Ayeka’s Director of North America, Michal Fox Smart, will be leaving Continue Reading »

Parenting during a Pandemic

Published in Times of Israel by Dasee Berkowitz
Posted on April 16, 2020

Yesterday my son turned to me and said, “I want COVID-19 to end, and I don’t.” I was surprised by his comment. I also felt the same way. He wants COVID-19 to end so that suffering will end. We all do. We want an end to daily news reports of the death toll that continues Continue Reading »

Personalizing the Four Children

Published in Ayeka by Jeff Amshalem
Posted on April 7, 2020

Rabban Gamliel has a famous statement in the Passover Haggadah (taken from Mishna Pesachim) that “In every generation, a person must see him/herself as having gone out of Egypt.” This has always seemed to me to be the essence of the Seder, but for years it remained in the realm of ideas for me. I Continue Reading »

FREE Ayeka Haggadah Download

Published in Ayeka by Ayeka
Posted on April 1, 2020

We are now offering the Ayeka community a FREE download of The Ayeka Haggadah: Hearing Your Own Voice (Hebrew & English). Click here to receive your copy today. Wishing you a joyous and meaningful journey!

Why I’m Not Inviting You to a Webinar

Published in Ayeka by Michal Fox Smart
Posted on March 29, 2020

My kids are home. Even an adult child I thought would never live at home again is home. Yesterday, we spent 8 hours in the house, each of us in zoom meetings on 4 different devices, unable to say a word to each other let alone bake a cake—all in the name of staying connected. Continue Reading »

Ahava Yomit (Daily Love)

Published in Ayeka by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on January 23, 2020

I want to teach two truths that we all know:  What we need most in life is love. We feel best about ourselves when we are loving human beings. I’m not talking about crazy wild romantic love (though that is also important) ― I’m talking about everyday love. Loving behavior expressed in words and acts Continue Reading »

The Other Other Other Hand

Published in Ayeka by Jeff Amshalem, Ayeka Senior Educator
Posted on December 22, 2019

One of my favorite teachings on Hanukkah comes from Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Barditshov, known as the Kedushas Levi. Here is a very abridged version. Unlike the Exodus from Egypt, which God in His great mercy performed without arousal from below, in the case of Hanukkah there was some help from below, in that the Continue Reading »

Book Review: A New Guide to Prayer

Published in Jerusalem Post by Rivkah Lambert Adler
Posted on December 5, 2019

In our library, we have many books about Jewish prayer. Some are about the history of prayers – who wrote them and when they became part of the Jewish prayer book. Some are meant to reveal the deeper meanings of Jewish prayers and what secrets are encoded in the Hebrew words. Some focus on what Continue Reading »

The Holy Guest List

Published in Ayeka by Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer, Ayeka Senior Educator
Posted on October 12, 2019

The intense hours of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are behind us; days are cooler, evenings come earlier. Sukkot arrives and leads us to the door — to dwell outside, in a makeshift home, with a roof so flimsy it might easily blow away. Exposed to the elements, outside of our daily comfort zones, we Continue Reading »