Lynley Shimat Lys

Sof History Project:

Excerpts from the Preface to the Appendix of the Sof History Project

By Mathew Sgan

Sof Ma'arav Appendix

During the course of doing the research for the narrative (Honey and Poi) describing the origins and development of Congregation Sof Ma’arav, I was fortunate… Continue reading

From Rabbi Rosalind Glazer

A Letter to Sof Ma’arav

I’ve thought of you often while sheltering in place and I dearly hope you have been well. From my home in Jerusalem, I marvel at the inextricable bond between our hearts across 13 time zones… Continue reading

Just Being There

By Sandra Z. Armstrong

Purple and white flowers

Sometimes you can’t do enough to help another person in distress—whether it is a family member, friend, neighbor, or stranger. Fretful thoughts intrude. Should I do more? Why do my efforts seem so futile? Will my… Continue reading

Some Amusement

Two Images from Les Rosenthal

A round matza surrounded by flowers. Title says, "next year in person."A black rectangle with white stripes. Image says in English and Hebrew: "Open for me the gates of Zoom that I may enter them and praise God."

From Sid Goldstein

An image of a rabbit with a glass of beer. Title says, "A priest, a rabbit and a minister walk into a bar. The bartender asks the rabbit "what'll ya have?" The rabbit says "I dunno. I'm only here because of Autocorrect.""

From Dina Yoshimi

Dina Humor Text

The Nistar Study and Practice Circle

By Reb Daniel Lev

Baal Shem Tov Shul

Reb Wolfe Kitzes was having a panic attack under his tallit as he waited for his Rebbe, the founder of the 18th-Century mystical revival movement in Poland, the BESHT (Baal Shem Tov), to begin to blow… Continue reading

Stress Baking

By Peter Fritz

Looking for a distraction that provides comfort? Try baking bread. When you are making bread, the only thing you are thinking about is your bread. You are not thinking about anything else. If you want to try… Continue reading

Little Ya’akov’s Healing

By Reb Daniel Lev

Rebbe Yisroel Hopsztajn, a great promulgator of Hasidism in Poland, blessing acolytes c 1800. Hasidism gave the elite Tzadik a social mystical role

It was so sad. Just after Ya’akov’s tenth birthday, he was stricken with an illness that left him with two paralyzed legs. His Chassidic parents were saddened even more after months of visiting doctors who only… Continue reading

Jews and Social Distancing

By Dr. Daniel Meckler, New York University

A child waling between two walls

The email a few weeks ago that let me know that I was under a nine-day quarantine induced one of the deeper stomach-drops of my admittedly cushy life. It galled me that, of… Continue reading

Quarantine Humor

How Are You Holding Up During Quarantine?

By Don Armstrong

Mona Lisa wearing a face mask

  • Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a drinking problem.
  • I used to spin that toilet… Continue reading

Synergy:

Finding the biology in the book of Genesis

By Malka Rappaport

Synergy Podcast cover

David and Malka have started a podcast on the intersection of biology and our beloved Torah text! Western society seems to suffer from the idea that science and… Continue reading

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