I am Heartbroken over Jian

Broken Heart 294/366

“Broken Heart 294/366 by Dennis Skley, on Flickr”

So the last few days have been a whirlwind of nasty revelations concerning one of my favourite CBC radio hosts. This morning I received a Facebook message from a friend, urging all of us to “unlike” his fan page to show support to the victims in this sorry tale. …Continue Reading

Daleks in the Torah


Dalek, by Ari (used with permission)

I am so incredibly lucky to have been given the opportunity to develop an intimate knowledge of the Torah. Who but the Torah reader gets to read every single word of the Book? …Continue Reading

In Plowing Time and in Harvest

Good Harvest

Good Harvest by Evan Leeson, on Flickr

Hi there! You haven’t seen much of me lately, because we are deeply into the High Holy Day craziness. But we are almost done – only two more days of Yom Tov to go at the end of this week, and then we are done until the spring. Hannukah is a breeze by comparison – and we get to sit back and watch our non-Jewish friends go crazy in December … …Continue Reading

About Shakes and Steroids

2014-10-05 21.56.23Well, my first Isabody Challenge is over. It didn’t go quite the way I expected it to, but Iā€™m still pretty happy with it. …Continue Reading

They Are Here


The long-dreaded moment is here

They are here. They’ve been talked about for months and their appearance has been imminent, although we all hoped it was a false alarm. But now there is no question about the hard reality. The communal mail boxes are here. …Continue Reading

That Mythical Time

Apples and honey

Apples and honey by Sarah Ross, on Flickr

Well, I survived Rosh HaShanah and the Shabbat that came after it. I led services, read Torah, and helped keep things reasonably under control at our alternative service. I think people liked it. …Continue Reading

#BlogElul 29: Return

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It’s Elul again!

Wow, I did such a good job last year I’m not sure I can add anything to it. It’s the last #BlogElul of the season. …Continue Reading

#BlogElul 28: Give

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It’s Elul again!

On this penultimate day of Elul, the word that Rabbi Sommer gave us is Give. How appropriate. Last year I wrote about scarcity and abundance. This year I am thinking about helping people. …Continue Reading

#BlogElul 27: Intend

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It’s Elul again!

Intend. What an interesting word. The immediate association, at least for me, is something about the road to hell and the paving stones thereof … I’m sure I’m not the only one. Here’s what I wrote about it last year. …Continue Reading

#BlogElul 26: Hope

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It’s Elul again!

Hope is the thing with feathers, apparently. I’ve got a few of those outside my window as I write, but I don’t know that they are necessarily what I am looking for right now. It is definitely true, however, that hope is a major component of the human psyche. When we lose it altogether, we die. …Continue Reading