13 Jan 2017

Download a printer friendly version here. Haftara for Vayhi 5777: Parental Discretion ‘I am giving you this because I love you. Or because it was given to me. Because you will care for it. Because it will complicate your life… There is no easy story in legacy’. —Edmund de…

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05 Jan 2017

Download a printer friendly version here. Dreams show us the unvarnished truth, and are therefore fitted, as nothing else is,  to give us back an attitude that accords with our basic human nature when our consciousness has strayed too far from its foundations and run into an impasse.  —…

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29 Dec 2016

Download a printer friendly version here.   ‘The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common’. — Ralph Waldo Emerson Synopsis The prophecies of Zekharia occur after the destruction of the first Bet HaMikdash. The prophecy of our haftara tells Zion to rejoice, for the…

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23 Dec 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Haftara for Vayesheb 5777 – Terrible Angels For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror which we are barely able to endure, and it amazes us so, because it serenely disdains to destroy us. Every angel is terrible.  — Rainer Maria Rilke Amos…

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16 Dec 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Haftara for Vayishlah 5777 – All in the Family Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into…

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08 Dec 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. — Bruce Lee Hoshea 11:7-12:12 (Sephardim) Synopsis Hoshea prophesied during the era when Israel had split into two kingdoms. The northern kingdom had fallen…

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02 Dec 2016

Download a printer friendly version here.   Haftara for Toledot 5777: The Crown ‘I declare before you all that my whole life whether  it be long or short shall be devoted to your service’. —Queen Elizabeth II Malakhi 1:1 – 2:7 Synopsis Malakhi, the last prophet of Israel, responds to a…

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25 Nov 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Haftara for Haye Sarah 5777: See the Future Come mothers and fathers throughout the land and don’t criticise what you can’t understand your sons and your daughters are beyond your command your old road is rapidly agin’ please get out of the new…

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10 Nov 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Once we accept our limits we can go beyond them’. — Albert Einstein Synopsis – Yishaya – 40:27-41:16 ‘Our Haftara is chosen because it mentions Abraham Abinu as God’s beloved. The Talmud states that the verse in the Haftara which speaks of the one who…

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03 Nov 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them…

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