18 Aug 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Va’ethanan 5776: Trust Fund “Our place in the world, I believe, depends on what we contribute to mankind. We have contributed the Torah, the Mosaic vision of right conduct and of first and last things. It is our life, and the length of…

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12 Aug 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. “Israel…Where there will one day be peace but never quiet.” — Natalie Portman In 2006 Alan Dershowitz published a collection of eighty essays by writers, performers, scholars, journalists and politicians entitled ‘What Israel Means to Me’. It is a remarkable book that I cherish…

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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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04 Sep 2015

Ki Tabo 5775: Happiness Is…. “Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.” — Ayn Rand “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” — Aristotle Perashat Ki Tabo’s reputation for harsh fire-and-brimstone type rebuke is well earned.  Moshe pulls no punches as he describes the harsh fall out that the…

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21 Aug 2015

Shofetim 5775: Back to the Future “There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.” —Shannon L. Alder “Nostalgia is not what it used to be” — Peter De Vries When we think of the past, and feel…

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13 Aug 2015

Re’eh 5775: Mirror, Mirror “I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.”  — Walt Whitman We often think of humans as being naturally selfish and driven towards personal gain. After all, we are biologically driven for genetic survival and the fittest…

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07 Aug 2015

Ekeb 5775: Rain Dance  “Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.” — Roger Miller From the start, much of our relationship with G-d has revolved around rain. As the source of life, it is at the centre of our world, and when it falters, we naturally…

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31 Jul 2015

Va’ethanan 5775: Weights and Measures “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”  — Albert Einstein At the entrance to the promised land Moshe shares fundamental ideas and values that he hopes will frame Israel’s hearts and minds for the future.  Among the…

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24 Jul 2015

Debarim/Hazon 5775: Into the Deep “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 those depths.” — Elizabeth Kubler Ross Along with Tisha BeAb come feelings that are, at the least, unpleasant….

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