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Sunday, March 19 • 15:00 - 15:45
Migrations: The Encounter of Birds and Israelites in the Wilderness

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The geography of Israel provides a land bridge which hosts the world's second largest bird migration of 500 million birds each year, using the route of the Rift Valley through the Arava to Europe and Asia. When I witnessed this phenomenon a number of years ago, I realized that this migration would have also been witnessed by generations of the area's inhabitants, going back to ancient and Biblical times. I wondered if the impact of this awesome sight affected the wandering Israelites, and sought clues and references in textual sources, including Torah and Midrash. In my presentation, I will share my findings and my excitement in discovering the impact the spectacle of the migrating birds had on our migrating ancestors.

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Jerry Friedman

I am a practising psychiatrist in Toronto. My passion for birding began many years ago at Camp Northland/B'nai Brith, where I was the nature counsellor, "Jerry Nature". Over the years I have continued to enjoy birding, participating in bird hikes with the Federation of Ontario Naturalists (FON), a birding workshop at Point Pelee, and a Spring Bird Migration Conference at Lotan, Israel in the Arava. My interest in nature extends to the arts. I... Read More →

Sunday March 19, 2017 15:00 - 15:45
L3 27th Floor

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