Holidays in the Southern Hemisphere

Although not quite as ridiculous as pine trees covered in snow in 40°C weather, Jewish Holidays are not in sync with their intended seasons. Pesach, that joyful celebration of the arrival of spring and the freedom of the Hebrews from Egypt, is in autumn. Late the same season is Shavuot, which of course is partlyContinue reading “Holidays in the Southern Hemisphere”

Nature and God

There are blessings for natural phenomena, for rainbows, the ocean, things of beauty large and small. The blessing for lightning is particularly interesting, as it translates as: Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who performs the work of creation. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’ אֱלֹקֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, עוֹשֶׂה מַעֲשֵׂה בְרֵאשִׁית Electricity as theContinue reading “Nature and God”