18 May 2017

Download a printer friendly version here. Please click HERE to listen to this week’s audio recording read by Rabbi Joseph Dweck Haftara for Behar-Behukotai 5777: Zombie Universe ‘My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth’s loveliness’. — Michelangelo Jeremiah 16:19 – 17:14  Synopsis Yirmiyahu opens…

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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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08 May 2014

Behar 5774: At Your Service “For the Children of Israel are servants unto Me; they are My servants…I am the Lord Your G-d.” (25:55) Years ago, when I first studied this verse, it disturbed me. As a son of the modern world, and a citizen of a young country that…

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