30 Jun 2016

To view the printer friendly version click here. Shelah 5776: The Spirit of Things “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”  — Dr Seuss Perashat Shelah haunts us. On the surface, it doesn’t seem to be a tale that…

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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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10 Jun 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. “The Jews started it all—and by ‘it’ I mean so many of the things we care about, the underlying values that make all of us, Jew and Gentile, believer and atheist, tick. Without the Jews, we would see the world through different eyes,…

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10 Jul 2015

Pinehas 5775: Natural Woman “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman” — Virginia Wolf It could be said that the oldest battle of humanity is the ‘battle of the sexes’. Throughout history, the differences between men and women have contributed to everything from our best humour to our…

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03 Jul 2015

Balak 5775: What You Don’t Know…. “When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful set of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use…

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26 Jun 2015

Hukat 5775: Trappings  “The general root of superstition: namely, that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other.”  — Sir Francis Bacon When life gets difficult, or even threatens to do so, we not…

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19 Jun 2015

Korah 5775: A Hairy Situation “I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.” — Rita Mae Brown One would not expect hair to be at the heart of a deep moral lesson. Yet, in Torah, hair is treated as a serious element of human…

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12 Jun 2015

Shelah Lekha 5775: But Wait! There’s More!   “How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct” — Benjamin DiSraeli     As a child, one of my favourite television shows was “Mr. Wizard”. Mr Wizard, Don Herbert, was a scientist who conducted fascinating experiments on…

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05 Jun 2015

Naso 5775: Making a Living “My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.”                       …

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29 May 2015

Beha’alotekha 5775: Not Quite What I Had in Mind “Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it.”  — Lilly Tomlin The great heroes of the Torah find themselves shaken with surprise in Beha’alotekha. Moshe, Yehoshua his disciple, are all impacted…

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