Aligning with Israel

I am enough. I am worthy. I am complete. I am everything. I am compassion. I am free. I am… I am of value to Rachel Imeinu finally came up as the shul grounds I entered. Yes. That’s it. I am happy that I have it now. I am a seed of Israel Returned; Reverted […]

Chanukah in a Sabbatical Year

It seems that grafting fruit trees is a common practice; The scion, a clone of its parent, ensures the quality, the flavour the nutritious value of the fruit it produces; it is also a safeguard against cross-pollination which I found interesting for it means that it protects from further diversification. I am not sure what […]

Sabbatical Year and Jewish Agriculture

My interest in the agricultural laws of Judaism took a turn for the better when I started reading a book on Shemita, the Sabbatical year that is kept in Israel every seven years. The introduction starts with Maimonides’ commentary. According to him the obligation to keep the commandment blessing of Shemita is based on two […]

Cry, the Holy Land

The fast of Purim has arrived; by tonight sorrow will be turned into joy in exuberant celebrations of masking and unmasking; a play between ego and pure soul with humour thrown in a commemoration of Queen Esther and her uncle/cousin Mordechai who saved the Jewish people from evil Haman who wanted every Jewish person put […]

Yitro and COVID Protocols

Reading about Professor Kramer’s resignation from the COVID-19 medical team that advises the Union of Orthodox Synagogues I felt guilty; In the front-page article of the South African Jewish Report Prof Kramer complained that despite having written “at least eight different protocols” for various Jewish religious contexts he felt he had wasted his time for […]

Identities

Is identity important? Or is it offensive? For me it is important to own who I am even on the outside; that I am the child of Madeiran peasants who became merchants in South Africa; That I am a Jewish soul on the inside and that Judaism informs my way of life continues to deepen […]

Hope amidst Homelessness

Every autobiography is a lie more or less none is the truth. Even my ethnobiography? Three months of feedback from the universe from family from friends conversations compassionate concentrated so that water to it I have added – diluted for ease of absorption occasionally taken with a teaspoon of honey to sweeten it guiding me […]

Body of Christ; Body of Esau?

The Christmas tree is up, just waiting for the fairy lights as I contemplate the complexities of interfaith families Who is Jesus to me now? Primarily, my spiritual guide, who deposited me at the door of Beit Emanuel Progressive Synagogue Or was that perhaps Gogo Rachel? How can I tell? Was it both of them? […]

Is God Jewish?

No, God is nothing even beyond no thing for the world of nothingness is the first veil between Source and human beings a curtain It put up so as not to overwhelm the senses – God is nothing is as far as nature-science can take me As far as my powers of observation can reward […]

Elevating Saul who became Paul?

When praying I may ask the Father for guidance through my ancestor Rachel – an open channel of patient waiting for her children to own soul-identity remember and act upon finding shelter within Jacob’s tents allowing for each of his children a space to be at home in beauty and harmony living in community for […]