23 Jun 2017

Download a printer friendly version here. Please click HERE to listen to this week’s audio recording read by Rabbi Joseph Dweck. Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea…

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26 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 Bemidbar 5777: The Desert of the Real   “One is unable to notice something when it is always before one’s eyes.”  — Ludwig Wittgenstein  Hoshea 2:1-22 Synopsis…

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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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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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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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