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CCAR Mission to Israel – Kaf-tet BeNovember: yesterday, today and tomorrow…

Yesterday was November 29th, a significant day in Israeli history because of a vote in the United Nations. Not the vote that actually happened yesterday, but because of a vote which took place 65 years ago. In that vote the United Nations approved the Partition Plan for Palestine, which decreed that in place of the … Continue reading

Two Minutes of Torah: Vayishlach – Not prayer alone

There is a joke about a man who was in financial difficulty who went to a church to pray that he would win the lottery. A week went by, and with no success he decided to try his luck in a synagogue. Once again he prayed to win the lottery, a week went by, and … Continue reading

CCAR Mission to Israel – Be safe…

When I flew back to England, to visit with friends and family, during the summer, people offered the usual comments to a person going on holiday. Among the standard greetings I received, I was told to ‘have a good time’, ‘have a great holiday’, ‘enjoy your trip’. Beyond wishing me a ‘safe flight’, no-one seemed … Continue reading

Two Minutes of Torah: Toldot – A life true to myself

According to Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives, the top regret of the dying is: ‘I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.’ Her observation … Continue reading

Two Minutes of Torah: Chayeh Sarah – Out of sight, Out of mind

As a child I used to see my Israeli grandparents twice a year; during the winter we would visit Israel and in the summer they would visit us. During the intermediate months, as a result of high international calling costs, we would speak very occasionally on the phone, but we would write letters to each … Continue reading