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Reflections on Adar

 The month of Adar always keeps me on an emotional roller coaster. Usually coinciding with the month of March, it is a natural time of happiness. The jolly, festive holiday of Purim falls in the middle of Adar, and for weeks beforehand, schools, kinder- gartens, synagogues, and entire neighborhoods enlist to join in the celebratory … Read more


December 2011 Ds.Henk Poot Meditatie ‘In de mensen een welbehagen’                          Lucas 2: 14  Eén van de meest gezongen kerstliederen is het ‘Ere zij God’. Er gaat geen viering voorbij of het wordt met dit gezang afgesloten, staande, als dank aan God, maar ook vervuld met een diep verlangen. Het ‘vrede op aarde’ klinkt daarin als … Read more

The Joy of Sharing Shabbat – February 12, 2013

As I write this newsletter, I am in Australia on what has become an annual February trip.  This is my third visit to this far away country and, as always, I so enjoy the people, the landscapes and the weather.  Although the news was full of terrible floods and wild fires in Australia before I … Read more

Reflections on Yeshiva High Schools

December 2009 We had parent teacher conferences on Sunday for my 14 year old son Avraham. Avraham’s our first boy after four daughters, so choosing a high school for him had been a new experience. Dormitory schools are pretty standard, especially for boys, and I tried not to be insulted that my independent son happily … Read more