Lost in Translation: A North American Rabbi in Tokyo

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Lost in Translation: A North American Rabbi in Tokyo
Living in Japan is very different than living in the Arctic North - Edmonton. Everything from the language to the culture is new and exciting. Experience the life and culture in Japan with a Jewish twist.
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  • Silence is Assent 4 months ago This is a letter I will send to the White House in the next few days.  If you feel comfortable please let me know if I can add your name.Dear Mr. President:Silence is assent!  When we fail to speak out or to act we enable hate.  Since November there has been a very disturbing rise in hate crimes...
  • Avoiding the Iceberg -- Thoughts for the New Year 7 months ago There is a famous joke – especially among rabbis – concerning appropriate topics for sermons.  A new rabbi is approached by his president and asked about the topic for his first Rosh Hashanah sermon.  The rabbi mentions that he plans on speaking about Shabbat.  His president, however,...
  • The Jewels of Papua Indonesia 10 months ago (This blog describes a visit under the auspices of the Australian/Asian Union of Progressive Judaism to Timika Papua – as part of a longer trip to communities across Indonesia – by Shelley and me in July.  We were also accompanied by Rabbi Shoshana Kaminsky from Adelaide, Australia and local...
  • Indonesia's Unexpected Diversity 9 months ago I woke up very early this morning to the Muslim call to prayer, echoing from mosque to mosque, ending a bit more than two weeks in Indonesia.  Muslim prayer, you might think, is not unexpected in the world’s most populous Islamic country, yet my experiences of religion here in Indonesia have...
  • 救忍 慈朗 - Whats in a Name 11 months ago As I began writing the blog the puppies were still with their mother, but now they have been with us for a several weeks.Ever since we lost Jerry nearly two years ago we have talked about adopting another dog.  For much of this time Shelley was rather trepidatious, after all we weren’t...

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