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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  • Silent Screams and a Wall: A Challenge to Religion in the Beginning of the 21st Century 3 months ago After a week in Australia and a quick return for Shabbat to Tokyo, I am now in Berlin (for less than 3 days).  I was invited to serve as a delegate to a conference (sponsored by the German and Finnish governments) of religious leaders from Eastern Asia examining the role and responsibility that...
  • 吾輩は猫である (or) In Search of the Royal We 7 months ago I now have a bit of an understanding of how Charles II must have felt upon his restoration to the throne of Great Britain in 1660 (the United Kingdom only came into being in 1707).  While I received tokens of Sentani royalty in the summer of 2016, I only entered my kingdom in January of this...
  • Return of the King -- Celebrating Shabbat With the Sentani Jews 8 months ago As we were flying from Timika to Sentani I recalled our last trip to Timika, Papua (in 2016).  At that time we first met members of the Sentani community who joined their family in Timika to meet the rabbis. At the close of that visit, Rabbi Shoshana and I were presented with Sentani royal...
  • Experiencing Timika -- A Meeting Place of Cultures and Religions 8 months ago  This second visit to Timika was very different than our first.  Not only did we have the feeling that we were visiting friends and family, but we also had a much greater opportunity to experience the broader community.  On our last visit we stayed in the expat housing area connected with the...
  • Lo B'shamayim Hi -- Back to Timika 8 months ago As we landed in Timika early Monday morning, I was thinking of verses that come towards the end of Parshat Nitzavim, “This teaching that I command you this day is not hidden or distant from you.  It is not in heaven that you should say, “who shall go up to heaven and bring it down so that we...

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