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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 »

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 »

Thoughts on Corona

Published in Ayeka by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on March 15, 2020

It’s a time for harmonic vibrations.  We need to model optimism, hope, and love.  We’ll leave the panic and fear to those who want to instill panic and fear. There are those who believe that people will listen to them better if they raise their voices and shriek.  We are not shriekers.  We embrace the Continue Reading »

Memories as Guides this Purim

Published in Ayeka by Edna Levy, Ayeka Senior Educator
Posted on March 8, 2020

From my family’s memory:  My great-great-grandfather Haron Karkukli was struck with wanderlust the morning after his wedding. As family lore goes, he set out that very day and disappeared without a trace — and without even knowing that he and his wife had conceived on their wedding night. Haron wandered far from Amara, his Iraqi 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 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 »

Balancing Two Truths Requires Honoring Two Voices

Published in Mayberg Foundation Blog by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on October 7, 2019

I have a new hero, and it’s a bit embarrassing. Embarrassing to admit that I’ve studied and taught this character for decades and always assumed he was the anti-hero, the person we shouldn’t become, the epitome of someone who was impelled by a mistaken zeal to lead a mistaken life. My anti-hero has become heroic. Continue Reading »

Ayeka Podcast

Published in Ayeka
Posted on September 19, 2019

New Ayeka Video!

Published in Youtube by Ayeka
Posted on August 7, 2019

Rethinking Tisha B’Av

Published in Times of Israel by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on August 7, 2019

When I heard her compliment, I said to myself, incredulously: “Me?! If she really knew me, she wouldn’t have said that.” And just like that -I became a grasshopper. According to the midrash, the spies returned from checking out the Land of Israel on the 9th of Av. Standing in front of the nation, they argued against entering Continue Reading »