Soar to Places Unknown

With one foot in a world where there is no room for the Elohim and with the other foot where one is searching for the Kingdom of Peace offered by the Creator, one must dare to make the right decision in a world where individualism and consumerism are paramount.

After not being deliberately separated from everyone else, we may look forward to times that we shall be allowed again to gather, finding again some precious time to feel a unity to worship the Elohim.

After a time when isolation seemed to be the priority, we as human beings will now have to make the choice whether we want to bond with others in the community before the Most High.

During the long months when we could not meet in the shul and were assigned to celebrate all the Feasts of Hashem in our own little living room among house-mates, it became clear how important the meetings are for the community, to keep them alive but also to give them enough spiritual food to grow.

Now that the lockdown periods seem to be over, let us not be deterred by the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, but let that also be one of the reasons to come together now more than ever, for prayer and reflection, looking forward to a time when our people will enjoy an everlasting peace under Hashem’s blessings.




  1. How has lockdown affected your relationship with those you live with?
  2. Dystopian Reality
  3. “We all had friends and relatives who tragically died from Covid” – Lichfield MP
  4. Planet Chaos
  5. Lockdown
  6. Of mice and men essay loneliness and isolation
  7. When is TOO much isolation a problem?
  8. The world is crashing
  9. Close covid contacts in NSW no longer required to isolate
  10. ‘NSW’s COVID close contact rule change is the good news I wasn’t expecting’
  11. Close Contacts No Longer Have to Isolate in NSW and VIC Under New COVID-19 Rules
  12. Household covid contact rules to loosen in ACT
  13. The trauma of war and the war of trauma in family life.
  14. The Invisible Community
  15. Feeling Connected
  16. The World of the Generous
  17. Going back to shul


We humans live with one foot firmly in the physical world, and yet we have an inexplicable urge to dip a toe in the spiritual world. However strong or tentative that impulse may be, we all have our moments when we long to transcend our physical being and soar. Where to? That’s the mystery.

Today I shared a moment with a woman whom I had only just met. It was time for her to take the last step in her conversion to Judaism, and I had the privilege of walking into the Gulf of Mexico with her while she prepared to submerge three times.

The Gulf is a beautiful place to use as a mikvah. It is living waters, mayim chayyim, as required of a mikvah, but instead of being surrounded by the walls of a building we were surrounded by sand and sky, white clouds and soft breezes. …

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Times of seclusion, restriction, liberation, connection, religious affiliation and conversion

In Corona time many people got time to think about which way to go with their faith. Now more people feel the need to go back to the shul after all the lockdowns.

Surprise: Ashkenazi Jews Are Genetically European

To remember

  • origin of Ashkenazi Jews, who come most recently from Europe > at least their maternal lineage may derive largely from Europe.
  • finding contradicts notion that European Jews mostly descend from people who left Israel + Middle East around 2,000 years ago.
  • substantial proportion of population originates from local Europeans who converted to Judaism
  • Little known about history of Ashkenazi Jews before they were expelled from the Mediterranean + settled in what is now Poland around the 12th century.
  • Ashkenazi Jews genetically as closely related to each other as fourth or fifth cousins
  • Past research = 50 percent to 80 percent of DNA from Ashkenazi Y chromosome originated in the Near East => supports story wherein Jews came from Israel + largely eschewed intermarriage when they settled in Europe. [The Holy Land: 7 Amazing Archaeological Finds]
  • historical documents tell slightly different tale > by time of destruction of  Second Temple in A.D. 70 > 6 million Jews living in the Roman Empire > outside Israel, mainly in Italy and Southern Europe. <=  only about 500,000 lived in Judea
  • major Jewish communities were outside Judea
  • four founders responsible for 40 percent of Ashkenazi mitochondrial DNA > originated in Europe.
  • more than 80 percent of maternal lineages of Ashkenazi Jews traced to Europe, with only a few lineages originating in the Near East.
  • debunk one of most questionable hypotheses: that most Ashkenazi Jews can trace their roots to mysterious Khazar Kingdom that flourished during the ninth century in region between Byzantine Empire + Persian Empire
  • founding Ashkenazi women = converts from local European populations.



Where our life journey begins and inheritance of offices of parents

The Muslim Times

By Tia Ghose, Staff Writer | October 8, 2013

An Orthodox Jewish man with the traditional peyos, or long sidelocks.
Credit: Kobby Dagan /

The origin of the Ashkenazi Jews, who come most recently from Europe, has largely been shrouded in mystery. But a new study suggests that at least their maternal lineage may derive largely from Europe.

Though the finding may seem intuitive, it contradicts the notion that European Jews mostly descend from people who left Israel and the Middle East around 2,000 years ago. Instead, a substantial proportion of the population originates from local Europeans who converted to Judaism, said study co-author Martin Richards, an archaeogeneticist at the University of Huddersfield in England.
Little is known about the history of Ashkenazi Jews before they were expelled from the Mediterranean and settled in what is now Poland around the 12th century. On average, all Ashkenazi Jews are genetically…

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