Why Two Days Rosh Hashana Worldwide?

It’s been a heavy week. On one hand, my regular workload. On the other hand, I came down with a bout of pneumonia. And that meant I’ve been going to sleep earlier every night to have the strength to cope with work the next day (I know that I should have stayed in bed, but…). […]

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Jewish Damage Control – Ki Seitse

The Strange Case of the Yefas Toar This week’s Parasha Ki Seitse opens with a remarkable set of laws about the Yefas To’ar: When you will go out to war against your enemies, and the Lord, your God, will deliver them into your hand, and you will capture its captivity; and you will see among […]

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Faxing to Shabbos Across Time Zones

Staying in touch wherever we go is so ingrained into our psyche that if one is younger than their early twenties they probably can’t remember otherwise. Whether we send email or IM’s, post by Twitter or update our Facebook account, we accustomed to a continuous ubiquitous connection with the global village 24/7. Or at least […]

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Opposite Gender Handshaking For Travelers

Handshaking in Modern Society “Hi!”, (as their outstretched hand rises towards you in greeting) “my name is Janice (or John or Jody or Jason). Nice to meet you.” Shaking hands in modern western society is standard procedure for both social and business interactions. The handshake is commonly done upon meeting, greeting and parting, offering congratulations, […]

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Making Eggs Around the World

As you travel around the world you can comfortably survive without kosher stores or products with kosher certification, as long as you have the basics; vegetables, carbohydrates and protein. Read till the end as all the fun videos are at the bottom… Protein and Nutrition One doesn’t need huge amounts of protein for health, as […]

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Travel After Tisha Bav and Avoid Jet-Lag

Despite my dire predictions, the fast wasn’t too difficult this year. I’m hoping that not too many people chose to travel on Tisha B’av as it wouldn’t have been easy. Now that it’s the evening after the fast, travel is as usual, right? Not exactly. Laws of the 10th of Av First of all a […]

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Tisha Bav Torah Study On The Go

Torah Study On The Go As I wrote yesterday, the fast of Tish’a B’av is the slowest fast day of the year. Even Yom Kippur (equally long), seems to progress faster. I assume that it’s due to the lively intensive prayers and occasional singing which occupies our time in the synagogue for most of the […]

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Tish’a B’av – the Slowest Fast Day – From East To West

The Slowest Fast Day Tish’a B’av, in my opinion, is the slowest fast day of the year. This coming Monday night, 4th August, commences the fast of Tish’a B’av. It commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem and the subsequent exile of the Jews from the Land of Israel. It also […]

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Forty-Two Homes in Forty Years

Jewish Genetic Travel Code If there’s one Parasha in the Torah which expresses the Jewish Genetic Code for traveling, I believe it’s the present one – Mas’ei (“Travels”). Forty two times is the word vayis’u “and they traveled” repeated in the first chapter. Forty two times the entire nation, men, women and children uprooted themselves […]

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