August 9, 2020

When the Jewish people were wandering in the desert, during those 40 formative years following the Exodus from Egypt, they became a nation. They left Egypt as a tribe, and through the giving of the Torah and the subsequent trials and tribulations of almost half a centu...

June 30, 2020

I decided to come up to the farm the day after Shavuot, one of the Jewish harvest festivals. I went into the backyard and wanted to plant something. There were a few planters full of dirt, left by my landlady before lockdown started. One of them was full of lavender. O...

June 11, 2020

You never know what you don’t know. Before this week I didn’t know that chickpeas grow in pods, just like snap peas. I didn’t know that rich indigo blue can be extracted from various plants growing across the Scottish countryside. I didn't know the sound that train tra...

May 10, 2020

"As I inch my way around this glove's wrist, I am reminded that knitting is fundamentally about binding together. Not only binding wool to wool, but wool to sheep and sheep to place... wool can always tie us to a place."

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April 14, 2020

Time moves differently in quarantine. I sleep with my window open, letting in the light from the street. I wake up looking outside, taking in the bright grey of Glasgow from my bed. I often lie there for a while, after waking, taking in the prospects of another day at...

March 22, 2020

Last Shabbat I saw all my friends. I went from house to house, schmoozing and celebrating the wonderful community I've become a part of here. Saturday night all the children came to the synagogue, and my amazing teen volunteers helped run a movie night. Three of our co...

February 20, 2020

I knit myself a pullover sweater which just didn't work as a pullover sweater. The front bottom edge puffs out in the front at an unflattering angle, while the back edge sticks out on the sides. The sleeves are a bit too far back, and the V-neck just doesn't sit right....

September 9, 2019

In my first two weeks in Glasgow I’ve already experienced a great many things.

I accompanied a group of 12-year-olds as they volunteered at 'Diversity Day', where they represented Judaism to 300 11-year-olds. There were tables for all the different religions, as well as...

August 6, 2019

Just before I came to India, I met someone who said that his family is Tibetan, but he grew up in India. I remember that it didn't really make sense to me at the time why a Tibetan would live in India, but I stored that information in the back of my mind and moved on f...

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