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Yonah Lavery-Yisraeli

Rabbi Yonah Lavery-Yisraeli lives in Hamilton, Ontario, having previously lived in Toronto, Gothenberg, Sweden, and Jerusalem, where she received most of her rabbinic/traditional education. Yonah’s illustrations of Masekheth Berakhoth have been featured in three exhibitions and have toured numerous art galleries in Israel, Canada, and the United States. She is also a soferet stam with experience in writing sifrei Torah, mezuzot, megillot, ketubot, and gitin. She is familiar with Ashkenazi, Sephardic, and Yemenite sofrut conventions.


A Story of the World (for the Avodah Service on Yom Kippur) by R’ Yonah Lavery-Yisraeli

Contributed on: 05 Nov 2017 by Yonah Lavery-Yisraeli |

This Yom Kipur, our congregation (Beth Jacob Synagogue in Hamilton) requested a reworking of the piyyut, “Amits Koaḥ” (text, audio) since the language is very tough and resists plain translation into English. I was also commissioned to write a poem describing the history of the world from a Jewish perspective, from scratch and in English, for use at the beginning of the Avodah service. It turned out to be just as obscure as the original so I put in a little column to the right with a little reference what I was talking about. . . .

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