This is very simply a photograph of an apple I bought at an Israeli grocery store. The sticker on it it what makes it priceless: Bereshit (“Genesis”) / taam Gan Eden (“the taste of the Garden of Eden”) The term Bereshit is the name of an Israeli fruit produce company. The word eden is related to the HebrewContinue reading “Shabbat Bereshit 5774: Take a Bite”
Monthly Archives: September 2013
Shabbat hol hamo’ed Sukkot 5774: What is the Fruit of Your Life?
A very long time ago, our Israelite ancestors were practicing a particular ritual of thanksgiving at this Sukkot Harvest Festival time of year: And it shall be, when you come into the land that יה G-d is about to give you in estate, and you take hold of it and dwell in it, you shall takeContinue reading “Shabbat hol hamo’ed Sukkot 5774: What is the Fruit of Your Life?”
Shabbat Shuvah: Yir’ah and Trembling
We are now entered into a ten-day period of what are meant to be Days of Awe. Awe is a difficult concept for us – the vibrant, incessant creativity of the English language has turned “awesome” into an appreciative adjective for almost anything. For our ancestors, awe – in Hebrew, yir’ah – meant the emotions thatContinue reading “Shabbat Shuvah: Yir’ah and Trembling”