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Education does not end on June 30th

Education does not end on June 30th

This was a year of unusual educational challenges, but the summer ahead is no less challenging. Op-ed.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 01/07/2021 12:00
Regarding the 17th of Tammuz

Regarding the 17th of Tammuz

Think about how far the world has come, but look around you and think how far it has yet to go.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 27/06/2021 13:00
Remembering "the Judge of all the earth"

Remembering "the Judge of all the earth"

Tzvi Tal was a judge who remembered that the "Judge of all the earth" is above him. In memoriam.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 23/06/2021 22:54
The power of women

The power of women

Sometimes hidden, sometimes front stage, women can set the tone for societal interaction.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 15/06/2021 08:05
Israel's Defense: Without and within

Israel's Defense: Without and within

The man who brought Israel's security complex to unbelievable technological heights was killed in a primitive attack:by Arab rioters.Sivan Rahav-Meir , 09/06/2021 11:52
Not to be wicked

Not to be wicked

In yesterday's parsha, a wicked person is someone who witnesses a mind-changing event and yet continues as though nothing had happened.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 06/06/2021 10:25
It's not simple being simple and modest

It's not simple being simple and modest

To act simply, modestly, with integrity and without pretense is not as easy as it sounds.Sivan Rahav-Meir , 30/05/2021 10:49
 A blessing filled with love

A blessing filled with love

In order to bless our fellow Jews, we must open our hearts with love. That is what the kohanim teach us in their blessing.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 24/05/2021 08:19
Safe room for the body, safe room for the soul

Safe room for the body, safe room for the soul

A brief lesson from them in maintaining emotional health during this time.Sivan Rahav-Meir , 16/05/2021 12:00
Jerusalem has known far more difficult days.

Jerusalem has known far more difficult days.

We received a gift in 1967 and it is up to us to show we are deserving of it and turn Jerusalem into what it can be.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 11/05/2021 09:10
Meron, Jerusalem, Canada: Chizuk from Rabbanit Chana Henkin

Meron, Jerusalem, Canada: Chizuk from Rabbanit Chana Henkin

Rabbanit Chana Henkin, whose son and daughter in law were murdered by terrorists, in a message to strengthen us at this time.Sivan Rahav-Meir , 03/05/2021 14:34
On the disaster in Meron

On the disaster in Meron

Ordinarily,Sefira customs associated with mourning end on Lag Ba'Omer, but this year they have, tragically, been extended.Sivan Rahav-Meir , 01/05/2021 22:14
Giving thanks at the Kotel

Giving thanks at the Kotel

Should there be a mass thanksgiving prayer of all those who survived corona?Sivan Rahav-Meir, 27/04/2021 17:00
Four post-corona parenting guidelines - and what happened on the 14th of Iyar

Four post-corona parenting guidelines - and what happened on the 14th of Iyar

How do we re-establish parental control at home after a year of the corona? A parental counselor gives some pointers.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 26/04/2021 21:04
Preventing tragedy with our words is not 'lashon hara'

Preventing tragedy with our words is not 'lashon hara'

If we see or hear about an authority figure or any other person, for that matter, who harms another, it's our responsibility to act.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 24/04/2021 21:43
Six cold, hard, dry facts

Six cold, hard, dry facts

We are overwhelmed with stories, memories, and tears during this period, but, we must not neglect the cold facts. Op-ed.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 11/04/2021 08:50
The Mimouna celebration - keeping the door wide open for guests

The Mimouna celebration - keeping the door wide open for guests

'Tirvachu ve'tisadu' translates as 'feel at home and eat well' or as 'be prosperous and help others'- it is the open door Mimouna greeting.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 04/04/2021 21:26
We have begun to count the Omer and we have begun the countdown to forming a government

We have begun to count the Omer and we have begun the countdown to forming a government

Elections remind us of democracy, Pesach reminds us that liberty brings a goal and responsibility with iSivan Rahav-Meir, 01/04/2021 21:56
Corona-Pesach vignettes

Corona-Pesach vignettes

This Pesach we will have no trouble feeling as if we have just left Egypt - as we sit with family once more and thank G-d for this chesed.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 26/03/2021 12:00
Enough of slavery - let us go out to real freedom!

Enough of slavery - let us go out to real freedom!

Have a conversation with friends and check how many minutes it takes before the talk turns to corona. Change that mindset and feel free..Sivan Rahav-Meir , 21/03/2021 19:30
Don't let the spirit of Pesach be stolen

Don't let the spirit of Pesach be stolen

Think about Pesach. Live Pesach. Don't let the preparations confound you.Sivan Rahav-Meir , 18/03/2021 08:00
After corona: What will we do with our health?

After corona: What will we do with our health?

Let us hope we remember those we lost to the coronavirus and that our main goal is not health, but that health enables us to strive for it.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 15/03/2021 05:58
Without a crowd

Without a crowd

This time there is no crowd, this time it's only G-d and you. We've added a thought on Pesach cleaning which is only your family and you.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 08/03/2021 15:00
One month till Pesach!

One month till Pesach!

This reminder is not about cleaning your closets but about preparing your soul.Sivan Rahav-Meir , 01/03/2021 15:00
So how was Purim 2021?

So how was Purim 2021?

This year I heard Megilat Esther outside wearing a coat in the cold, under a Jerusalem street light.Sivan Rahav-Meir , 27/02/2021 18:55
Your own home's Corona Cabinet can create plans for a safe and happy Purim

Your own home's Corona Cabinet can create plans for a safe and happy Purim

Your home Corona Cabinet can plan how to make Purim joyous and manage the challenge of controlling screen time. Involve the whole family.Sivan Rahav-Meir , 21/02/2021 19:36
53 stones to build a palace

53 stones to build a palace

Mitzvot are stones that build a palace for G-d but the mortar binding them is love for one's fellow man.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 14/02/2021 17:47
Don't let COVID-19 wear you out

Don't let COVID-19 wear you out

If you need help, don't be ashamed to ask for help - and meanwhile, find joy in a corona shidduch story!Sivan Rahav-Meir, 04/02/2021 08:51
To sing in the middle of the journey, before we reach our destination

To sing in the middle of the journey, before we reach our destination

Do we only sing when our situation is perfect? Only after we reach our goal? Road songs are about growth, faith and hope. So let's sing.Sivan Rahav-Meir , 01/02/2021 07:40
Telling our story to the next generation – no matter what

Telling our story to the next generation – no matter what

An educator's mission during this period is teaching our meaningful story of continuity, brave leaders and how we can overcome difficulties.Sivan Rahav-Meir , 28/01/2021 11:54
Lockdown thoughts: National stability begins at home

Lockdown thoughts: National stability begins at home

At the moment of our liberation, G-d says to Moshe that he should tell all the people to enter their homes Like we are doing now.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 24/01/2021 19:00
Lessons from Rabbi Shimshon Raphael Hirsh - and an 11 year old: Gratitude and respect

Lessons from Rabbi Shimshon Raphael Hirsh - and an 11 year old: Gratitude and respect

Gratitude with sensitivity to humans, gratitude even to the inanimate. Respect for oneself and respect for one's past.Sivan Rahav-Meir , 16/01/2021 18:34
Rebbe Nachman says: Just get through today

Rebbe Nachman says: Just get through today

Rabbi Nachman: "We have nothing in the world except this day and this moment, because tomorrow is a completely different world.'*Sivan Rahav-Meir, 11/01/2021 11:50
From Moshe to Moshe. Praying for leadership, by Rav Yehuda Henkin z"l

From Moshe to Moshe. Praying for leadership, by Rav Yehuda Henkin z"l

Today's leaders are not chosen directly by G-d, nor for their Torah scholarship, so as we face new elections, heavenly help is needed..Sivan Rahav-Meir, 05/01/2021 16:38
Chazak, chazak, ve'nitchazek

Chazak, chazak, ve'nitchazek

Let us go from strength to strength as we end the book of Genesis in our Sabbath Torah readings. And take an example from Jonathan Pollard.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 02/01/2021 20:34
No one has to donate a kidney \ Why it's important to talk things over

No one has to donate a kidney \ Why it's important to talk things over

There are so many ways to give...Sivan Rahav-Meir , 29/12/2020 16:28
For the 10th of Tevet: Children of Holocaust survivors save the world from COVID-19

For the 10th of Tevet: Children of Holocaust survivors save the world from COVID-19

Today is the 10th of Tevet, when Israel's Chief Rabbinate declared that Kaddish is said for Holocaust victims whose yahrzeit is unknown.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 25/12/2020 07:35
Words of wisdom from Esther Horgan Hy"d, marriage counselor

Words of wisdom from Esther Horgan Hy"d, marriage counselor

This week the Jewish people lost a woman who loved life. Some of her insights are brought here.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 23/12/2020 08:50
Dotan Valley - then and now

Dotan Valley - then and now

The story of Joseph continued to echo in the plans the Nazis had for the Valley of Dothan where the brothers sold him.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 21/12/2020 09:48
Celebrating Eid Al-Banat (Girls' Day) and listening to the candles

Celebrating Eid Al-Banat (Girls' Day) and listening to the candles

Not only have Jews arrived here from many lands, but their traditions and customs, too. This is a special one, for women and girls only.Sivan Rahav-Meir , 16/12/2020 19:48
Hanukkah miracle: No cell phones while candles burn - and peace with more Arab states

Hanukkah miracle: No cell phones while candles burn - and peace with more Arab states

One homebased miracle if it happens, and one foreign affairs miracle. Both seemed impossible once.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 13/12/2020 23:59
Three Hanukkah candle messages

Three Hanukkah candle messages

We light a small flame this evening that tells a story about the past heroism of our ancestors, but this year we are heroes too.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 10/12/2020 20:59
When our children think of us, what do they see?

When our children think of us, what do they see?

What happens to what we teach them, once we are not here. Joseph gives the answer.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 09/12/2020 13:00
Message from a corona bride

Message from a corona bride

How brave these young corona brides are - putting off their dream weddings without wallowing in self pity. Here is one story.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 06/12/2020 17:12
Cultivate patience, never give up

Cultivate patience, never give up

Many things require continued striving and much patience, as the story of Jacob so clearly teaches us.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 02/12/2020 08:45
What do we do when everything changes?

What do we do when everything changes?

Life occasionally compels us to leave our comfort zone and deal with crisis. A biblical and modern model.Sivan Rahav-Meir , 28/11/2020 19:00
Finding God in unexpected places

Finding God in unexpected places

Life is truly a ladder set up on the ground, but its top reaches heaven.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 24/11/2020 11:43
Children's author Chaim Walder's message to youngsters/ Rabbi Kottarsky's to their parents

Children's author Chaim Walder's message to youngsters/ Rabbi Kottarsky's to their parents

Chaim Walder, as always, knows how to reach young people's hearts. And at the Chabad Kinus, Rabbi Kottarsky did the same for adults.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 17/11/2020 20:07
The Sigd holiday - and its celebration during the corona pandemic

The Sigd holiday - and its celebration during the corona pandemic

Fasting, prayer, love of Zion and festivities: how Ethiopia's Beta Israel Jews enriched Israeli Jewish life with a unique, ancient festival.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 15/11/2020 11:16
How do you know if you're still young?

How do you know if you're still young?

Rebbe Nachman writes this on Mother Sarah and us: 'This is the essence of perfection – to begin to live over and over again.'. How?Sivan Rahav-Meir, 12/11/2020 07:36
Eulogizing Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is not enough

Eulogizing Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is not enough

Imagine being asked what you are doing with your commitment to Judaism. What will you answer?Sivan Rahav-Meir, 08/11/2020 12:38
To get joy out of Zooming and washing dishes

To get joy out of Zooming and washing dishes

It's all a matter of attitude - and your children absorb it.Sivan Rahav-Meir , 07/11/2020 19:00
Carlebach did not only sing, he spoke words of wisdom, too

Carlebach did not only sing, he spoke words of wisdom, too

Shlomo Carlebach said things that made listeners think. Like "When someone speaks, he needs quiet.When he sings, everyone sings with hm."Sivan Rahav-Meir, 04/11/2020 12:51
The Chazon Ish - and young children's Torah study

The Chazon Ish - and young children's Torah study

Wise words from a great Torah luminary for his yahrzeit - and a message for the children now back in school whose learning is our bedrock.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 03/11/2020 10:07
Rachel and Avraham's blessings light up the world

Rachel and Avraham's blessings light up the world

The grandfather of the grandfather of each of our Nobel prize winners sat down every day with a gemara and cracked open its problems.Sivan Rahav-Meir , 31/10/2020 19:30
The day after the Covid crisis is over

The day after the Covid crisis is over

Rav Yehuda Amital's description of the changes he witnessed as a survivor are analogous to Noah before and after the Deluge. And ours?Sivan Rahav-Meir, 27/10/2020 09:57
What's the solution?

What's the solution?

After the Flood, it seems that humans have learned nothing. Until...Sivan Rahav-Meir, 24/10/2020 19:56