30 Mar 2018

Pesah 5778: Get With the Times  If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.  — Bruce Lee Time has long been a conundrum for us: do we pass through it or does it pass by us?  Is it different for different…

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20 Sep 2017

Download a printer friendly version here. Please click HERE to listen to this week’s audio recording read by Rabbi Joseph Dweck. “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”  ― Friedrich Nietzsche In Judaism we are often taught that on Rosh HaShana, the Jewish New Year,…

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07 Oct 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. ”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson Yom Kippur is not generally ranked as the most positive and uplifting of our festivals. It is certainly a serious…

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30 Sep 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” — J.K. Rowling As the time for entry into the Promised Land draws near, Moshe turns from speaking of nation building and instead casts his prophetic gaze deep into the future. He…

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02 Oct 2015

Simhat Torah 5776: Bookends “The religion that is afraid of science dishonours G-d….” —Ralph Waldo Emerson At the close of the Succot festival we also come to the close of our annual cycle of our public Torah reading. Customarily just after completing veZot haBerakha, the last parasha, we immediately…

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25 Sep 2015

Ha’azinu-Succot 5776: Eternal Moments “To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.” ― William Blake, Auguries of Innocence Succot comes at a time of year when the world’s…

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17 Sep 2015

Nitsabim/Rosh HaShana 5776: Roundabout “When we try to collect information about the world around us, we tend to be guided by our biology, and our attention flows effortlessly toward the sensational — not the relevant so much as the sensational.”— Nassim Nicholas Taleb, ‘The Black Swan’ Thanks to early…

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21 May 2015

Bemidbar-Shavuot 5775: True Colours “A personality is a product of cultivation. The true self is what you have built from your nature, not just what your nature started out with.”  — David Brooks Most of us appreciate being accepted for who we are, and we enjoy being in environments…

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02 Apr 2015

Pesah 5775: Eternal Moments “But life is short, and things do matter, often more than the human heart can bear. This is an elemental truth that neither temporarily victorious nihilism, nor fashion, nor cowardice can long suppress”  — Mark Helprin There are moments in life that bring us a…

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04 Mar 2015

The Happiness of the Month of Adar – 5775 There is a famous Talmudic maxim – ‘mi’shenicnas adar marbim b’simcha’ – when the month of Adar commences we increase our happiness. Although there are many tunes and melodies to this phrase what does it actually mean? How do we…

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