Category: Reflections

More than just a handshake

There are different contexts in which a handshake can be used, different messages that this simple and common gesture communicates depending on content and context. Perhaps a handshake is a simple hello between friends, a “good game” at the end of a competition, a gesture symbolizing an agreement has been made, an act of respect. […]

Breishit and the Tree of Knowledge

Jewish tradition likes to speak of two different types of mitzvot, or commandments. On the one hand there are mishpatim, injunctions that make sense and are rooted in reason. Absent the gift of Torah, individuals and communities hopefully would have figured out that prohibitions against murder and theft are necessary to create a civil society. […]

Words of Torah: Sukkot

From the month of Elul through Yom Kippur, we undergo the process of teshuva, of self-reflection and repentance. For me, this time consists of checking in with myself by asking, “how can I repair my relationship with myself, or other people?” Much of this process is people focused. As I turn the corner from Yom […]

D’var Torah: Shelach

This week, in parsha Shelach, we will read about the mitzvah of titzit. Tzitzit are worn during worship and they offer a tangible reminder of all of the 613 commandments, they stand as an important symbol of who we are supposed to be. Tzitzit serve to remind us that everyone has Torah inside them – […]

How one Family is Using the RSA Schedule to Help Frame Their Day!

By Bracha Hermon The first day we were home, I found myself crying in frustration. Breakfast bled into lunch, which bled into dinner. My two sons milled around and snacked incessantly. Popcorn covered our newly washed floors. They begged for hot chocolate and then walked around our small Jerusalem apartment with sticky mugs and sticky […]

Strength and Conditioning at RSA

Blogpost by Bracha Hermon Faster, higher, stronger. This is the motto of the Olympic Games, and it’s the goal of every athlete. At Ramah Sports Academy, Coach Philip Goldberg – the beloved “Coach G.” – is the one who helps campers run faster, jump higher, and be stronger. His strength and conditioning program is a […]