18 Dec 2014

It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness. — Eleanor Roosevelt The beauty and significance of Hanuka is often eclipsed by the famous eight-day miracle of the oil. By focusing on the miracle, we fail to focus on what led up to the miracle and the…

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08 Oct 2014

A story is told in the Talmud of Rabbi Eliezer, who had fallen ill. Rabbi Yohanan went to visit him and he noticed that Rabbi Eliezer was crying. Rabbi Yohanan asked why he was crying, and Rabbi Eliezer responded “I am crying over your beauty that will one day…

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02 Oct 2014

Over the thousands of years that the Jewish people have been observing the day of Yom Kippur, the manner in which we observe it has gone through changes. At its inception there was one procedure that was the centrepiece for the day. The Kohen Gadol (High Priest), the only…

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24 Sep 2014

“What day is it?” “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh.   ― A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh   After hearing the sound of the shofar on Rosh HaShana, we say “Hayom harat olam”, which means,  “today the world was conceived”. Rosh HaShana stands in our calendar…

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19 Sep 2014

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”. — John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy” Moshe’s days are ending and, as his passionate words to his beloved people reach their crescendo, he implores us to “Choose Life, so that you may live!” (30:19) At first glance, it…

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