Rabbi Danny Burkeman (he/him) is the Senior Rabbi at Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, MA where he works to make Judaism relevant for the modern world. He was a member of the inaugural cohort of the UJA Federation of New York’s Rabbinic Fellowship for Visionary Leaders and a CJP Chai in the Hub Recipient. He is married to Micol Zimmerman Burkeman, a Jewish Educator and Executive Coach, and together they are the very proud parents of Gabriella Liat and Benjamin Micah.
Initially, there was a rush for people to be able to get the vaccine. We waited anxiously for our group (health status, age, or profession) to be included in those eligible to book an appointment.
This is not a family vacation, it’s not an Israel tour to explore the length and breadth of the country; this time I am returning to Israel as a delegate for the World Zionist Congress.
I do not remember many specific lessons from my elementary school experience, but the mnemonic devices we were taught have stuck with me. For the four directions of the compass, I always recall "Never Eat Soggy Weetabix" (for those of you not from Britain...