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Yom Kippur

The Jewish Adjustment Bureau

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Rachael Posted:

A few days ago I saw the movie “The Adjustment Bureau” starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.  I liked the movie because it was fun and not the thriller/chaser/blood & guts film you might expect.


For anyone who hasn’t seen the movie and wants to, please stop reading now because I’m going to discuss some of the core ideas.


The movie plays with the idea that there are many levels of ‘messengers’ or ‘agents’ who do the bidding of a higher power called ‘The Chairman’.  For every person there is a plan and these agents make sure that we are all staying on our plan because chance circumstances can sometimes derail things.  It’s a great concept to play with even to the point of having someone trip and fall which delays them just those few seconds needed to miss a bus etc. etc.


The bump in the plan is when the two heroes are determined to be together even though they’re not supposed to be.  The movie raises the question of whether or not you can change your plan.  After the movie I had a fantastic discussion about the Jewish themes that weave throughout the movie.  The concept of ‘angels‘ or ‘agents’ follows a Jewish thread but most importantly, the idea that determination and genuine heartfelt commitment can indeed change our fates, our ‘plans’.


That is the essence of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.  The idea that there is a destiny drafted for each of us but that we can effect that draft before it is sealed.  We are in part the creators of our own destinies.  That’s why Judaism says we should choose every action we take and not allow things to ‘just happen’.


I definitely recommend the movie.  :-)


God gives us a model for dialogue - My Article From the Canadian Jewish News

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Please take a look at my current article below from the Canadian Jewish News.


Yom Kippur - What is Kol Nidre?

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year begins the evening before with the prayer, “Kol Nidre” which means, “all vows.” What is this prayer and why do we say it? Rachael explains.

The recession has touched it all

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

I’m going to be honest with you. Until the global recession started, I didn’t really know what a recession was.  I mean, I knew the word recede and I had heard of previous recessions but I really didn’t understand its impact.  As the year unfolded, I became more aware of the implications among various industries. Auto sales were down, fast food sales were up.  More people were renting movies than taking small loans out to treat their family to a night at the movies.

When I received my weekly copy of the CJN this afternoon, I read about increased subsidy applications at Jewish Day Schools, slightly lower enrollment and I learned that religious participation whether in schools or at synagogues/churches/temples is one of the first to go when times are tough.  Check out this interesting article: Recession Gets Religion.

Maybe a keen web saavy developer should create an online repentance forum for those who won’t be making it to shul this year on Yom Kippur because of membership and ticket prices…

Yom Kippur - More than the Cooking

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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