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The road between Bus Four O Five, How will you do it? You won’t survive. A daily slog from here to there Bridging worlds. You scream ‘Beware”! But I ride this road Driven to and fro I feel so blessed It makes me glow Every day is different Every day I’m in awe Mountains, valleys…

Homeless in Jerusalem

Now that I’m working long hours in Tel Aviv everyone keeps asking me why I’m living in Jerusalem and making the long commute. Don’t get me wrong, I like tel aviv. It’s just not Jerusalem. Jerusalem is our home, our center – physically and spiritually. Jerusalem is a heavy place where people are pushed in…

Truth be told

I’ve always had a very strong sense of truth, “emes”. It’s one of my core values and something that drives me every day. I for sure would not be religious now if my mind wasn’t always analysing and evaluating what is really true. In a society with so much information and so many opinions, the…

Make Pesach Cleaning Easy! Here’s a 3-part practical info sheet

These Pesach instruction sheets have saved me every year from unnecessary stress and looking at so many sources and halacha books, only to get more stressed. So the aim is…less stress!! My Rav always says you shouldn’t enter Pesach so tired that you can’t even enjoy the seder. So this year, I’m sharing with you…

Dogs are more decent: the agunah problem

I was going to publish a post about dogs. Seriously. And then another friend became an agunah. Again. And the beth din is sitting on their hands. Again. So I can’t write about dogs. I have to write about humans that act beneath dogs. People who stop being people. People who are so in the…

Beautifying Hashem: details and unity

This issue is one that digs straight at my core values of emes and unity. Not unity in the “let’s go dance in a circle around a camp fire” sort of way – as much fun as that can be – true unity of connection in eternity, of Oneness. So what’s the issue? Beautification of…

Hechsher Hashem: get certified for life

The 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are always intense. Every year crazy things happen to me, testing my resolve. This year has been no different.  While in the process of getting a work visa I asked mum back in Australia to send me my original birth certificate. Apparently it is lost. We…

Stay baal teshuva: Live Torah with consciousness

Dealing with ourselves, our inner voice, is one of the hardest things we can do in life. While we can easily fool the external world, our inner world is far richer, deeper and more connected than anything external can ever be.  As baalei teshuva, we start off our journeys often doing just that. We are…

Are you caged or are you free? The source of your intentions, words and actions.

We’re all caged to some degree. We’re caged by our history, our circumstances, our memories, our comforts, our poverty, our society, our families, our fears, our loves, our minds, our clothes and even our bodies. Boundaries, security, but also hiddenness, fragmentation. There’s a part of us, our neshamas, our souls, that is the untouchable part,…

Knocking at Your wall (a poem)

At the wall of memory and redemption, Can You hear the knocking: The cries, the pleas, the prayers, All knocking at Your wall? Ahavas Yisrael at Your wall.  So many nations, colours, languages. We come from all ends of the earth, linking arms and intentions. Can You see us knocking on Your wall? We plead…

Too Jewish?

Since becoming observant I have become filled with pride about who I am,  my heritage, my birthright, the ethics and philosophy of my people. Yet it’s normally around our own people that I feel most restricted to express and explore Jewish ideas, songs and culture. Why are there so many Jews who are anti Jewish?…

Emuna and Challenges

“Every affliction that happens to you is designed to set you free from the emotion that affliction triggers. He wants you to work through that.” – Doniel Katz

Matisyahu: a baal teshuva story

Aish have managed to get an exclusive interview with Matisyahu as he openly relates his Baal Teshuva journey, it’s public and private ups and downs. A really nice dialogue. Something I’m sure many baalei teshuva can relate to and learn from. Have a read of this interview with Matisyahu.

List of kosher entertainment for the average frum Jew

I’m not really sure what an ‘average frum Jew’ is but I’ve had many conversations with baalei teshuva about what they can do to have some fun and switch off that’s not completely assur (not allowed). It’s a hard question because it often depends on what stage of your baal teshuva journey you are at….