Shavua tov – it’s raining

Bushfire destruction near Wingello, NSW. Photo: Brendan Esposito, ABC

The past few weeks have been especially stressful here in Australia. Fires have destroyed thousands of homes and burnt 10 million hectares, including in the area I grew up in (and where my family still lives). Major cities have been shrouded in smoke for weeks. Over one billion animals have been impacted. While I hold out some hope that the crisis will finally compel our government to act on climate change, I am also terrified that this is just a preview of what is to come.

My Rabbi, Rabbi Nicole Roberts, penned a poem for a Nation on Fire. If you would like to donate to help communities affected by the fires, you can do so through the National Jewish Communal Bushfire Appeal 2020.

Some other interesting pieces by an about Jewish women from the past few weeks are below.

On Alma, Emily Burack writes of the cartharsis she felt protesting at Harvey Weinstein’s trial.

Also on Alma, Deanna Schwartz writes of growing her love of Jewish studies after fraught relationship with Hebrew school:

If you told me as a child that I would choose to study Jewish issues in college, I wouldn’t have believed it. But now I know it wasn’t that Jewish education and I didn’t get along — it was that I hadn’t found the right kind yet.

A new exhibition in Jerusalem reveals the history of Jewish-Italian women from the 16th century on:

A walk throughout the exhibition’s four rooms, which feature a range of textile artifacts designed and produced by Italian Jewish women over the centuries, indicates that their contributions to their communities’ religious life was indeed significant.

Mazal tov to Sarah Blake, who recently won a Jewish Book Council award for best debut fiction for her book, Na’ama! Read Alma’s feature on Sarah here.

Shavua tov. It’s been raining the past few days, finally.

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