OneShul is the world’s only online chavurah: a synagogue not led by a rabbi, but by the community who makes OneShul happen. Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh, holiday and special services are our regular monthly live streaming events, as well as classes on lots of Jewish topics and special chat sessions where people from all over the Internet can experience Judaism together. Join us by clicking here.
It has been seven years since PunkTorah started as “Punk Rock Torah” on YouTube. A weekly commentary on the Torah from a punk rock singer became a website, a non-profit, and the amazing online community we are today.
A lot has changed in seven years. We have the blog under our belts, as well as the online synagogue OneShul and the online Jewish school Darshan Yeshiva, providing distance learning conversion to Judaism and lay spiritual leader training. There have been some missteps along the way: websites that came and went, things we thought would take off but did not.
Where we are today is somewhere that best can be described as magical. You, the PunkTorah community, are making it all happen. And it has made us think strongly about what we need to spend our time working on, and what we needed to let go.
PunkTorah Blog Will Be Frozen In Carbonite
From this point forward, the PunkTorah blog will be going into archive mode. There are lots of great Jewish blogs out there and we would rather sail off into the sunset than attempt to compete for attention in a crowded space. You’ll always be able to search our archive and glean lots of amazing spiritual lessons.
Instead of our blog, PunkTorah will be focused on new creative projects, including Questions@, our latest community offering. More announcements coming soon, we promise.
Long Live OneShul (thanks Ketzirah!)
We’re thrilled that Kohenet Ketzirah, the long time co-leader of OneShul has stepped up to be our director. Ketzirah will be guiding the online community, growing it in ways we cannot yet imagine. But she will need your help! So make sure to reach out to her.
We never thought Darshan Yeshiva would grow the way that it did. That is because you, the online community, wanted it more than anything else. So Darshan Yeshiva will be our primary focus, growing our online conversion program, creating new classes, and finding more ways to improve the community aspect of the website.
These lovely lanterns are sure to brighten up your house on a dark Winter night. They are easy for little ones to make and the result is beautiful.
You will need:
Glitter glue, sequins, markers and any other decorations you might like to use
Some olive oil
An empty glass jar
A battery operated tealight
Start by painting the whole piece of paper. We decided to paint our paper blue, but you can pick a different colour or even use multiple colours, too.
Let your paper dry. When it has dried use a cloth or paintbrush to paint the entire paper with olive oil. This will make your paper see-through.
Place your paper between two tea towels and iron it on a low setting to remove any excess oil. This is a step for the grown-ups, so please mind little fingers!
When you have ironed your paper you can decorate it any way you like. We decided [Read more…]
In this week’s Torah portion, Pharaoh dreams of seven healthy cows and seven sick cows…and so on…and so forth. Come to find out, our boy Joseph can interpret his dreams. This gives Joey a rise to power and even more family drama than he had before.
But the real lesson in this week’s Torah portion is that G-d can (and does) talk to non-Jews. But Pharaoh didn’t know what his dreams meant. It took Joseph’s interpretative skills to put two and two (or in this case, seven, seven, seven and seven) together to mean anything.
G-d, it seems, is Universal: talking to everyone, actively involved in humanity’s shared life on Earth. But the Jewish people have a special place, taking the visions that G-d puts into humanity, and interpreting them, guiding them, and bringing them to life.
So on this cold (for us) Hanukkah night, let the warmth of the menorah and G-d’s splendor shine on you and the world.