Dying for Breath

My husband and I had been leading a tour of the biblical sites of Israel when we first learned that the pandemic had hopped from China to the Mid-East. A few COVID-19 cases had been reported in the ancient city of Jerusalem and surrounding villages. Even then the threat loomed distant—like it was someone else’s…

Remembering a Love Story on Shavuot

Ever-Increasing Light Jewish Sabbaths, Feasts, and More Marking Jewish Themes with Distinction Shavuot Shavuot is the glorious, late spring holiday that falls on Sivan 6th and 7th, seven weeks after Passover when the wheat harvest begins, remembering when the first fruits of the seven species and loaves of bread were presented in the Temple. It…