05 Aug 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. “Some things are too important to be taken seriously.” ― Oscar Wilde For forty years the Children of Israel wandered through the desert not knowing what the next day would bring. No itinerary was made available and no information was provided regarding the…

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22 Jul 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Balak 5776: Of Care and Acquaintances Ac·quaint·ance – an individual with whom one has been in contact but who is not a close friend. As Israel approached the land of their forefathers, there were several surrounding nations that they had to fight…

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14 Jul 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Hukat 5776: A Matter of Life and Death “There is a gust of eternity in every fleeting moment.” ― Marty Rubin Reading Parashat Hukat, it seems that almost everything in it is a life and death issue. Its first verses open with the Para…

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08 Jul 2016

To view the printer friendly version click here. Korah 5776 All of Me “Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”  — Oscar Wilde No sooner had the Children of Israel begun serving their forty year penalty for the…

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23 Jun 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Beha’alotekha 5776: By Cloud and Fire There is no event in your life through which Life is not coming to awaken you to your highest and most noble self. — Bradford Brown The book of Bemidbar presents us with the journey of the…

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17 Jun 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Naso: Physical Spirituality ‘Asceticism and celibacy can conceal many incapacities.’  — Mason Cooley This week I had the honour of being invited to participate in a conversation with the Professor of Pastoral Theology and Spirituality at St Mary’s University, Dr Peter Tyler. In the discussion…

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03 Jun 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Behukotai 5776: Strings Attached We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers. — Seneca As we close the book of Vayikra with the reading of Perashat Behukotai a…

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01 Jun 2016

The term parnas is usually translated as the president or prince of the community. Indeed, the head of the mahamad in London is even called the parnas presidente. However, the term parnas actually means much more. I’ve noticed that when some historians try to characterise the nature of the…

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27 May 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Behar 5776: Words and Weapons “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.” — Benjamin Franklin Perashat Behar is well known for its presentation of the shemita (sabbatical) and yobel (jubilee) cycles in the national calendar. These cycles were to be periods of pause from…

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20 May 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Emor 5776: Divine Humanities There was never any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.  — Robert Frost As is the case with the book of Leviticus, there is much in the material presented that is far removed from…

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