7 Tevet 5779 – Vayigash

By | December 13th, 2018|

Last week we saw the chilling footage of the Arthurs Road Synagogue in Sea Point, Cape Town, burning to the ground. This is a tremendous tragedy for the Cape Town Jewish community and Jewish communities all over the world. When one of us are hurt, all of us feel the

30 Kislev 5779 – Mikeitz

By | December 6th, 2018|

On Chanukah we light all the candles via another candle, called the Shamash. On one hand, we can look upon the Shamash with pity. It lights all the others and yet, it is never counted with the rest. It never acquires the status as one of the flames of the

23 Kislev 5779 – Vayeishev

By | November 29th, 2018|

A Shabbat Chanukah nugget Jewish law dictates that a person must not utilise the light of the Chanukah candles for any other purpose than the mitzvah itself. If it is dark we can't benefit from their glow and if it's cold, we can't enjoy their warmth. All we can

16 Kislev 5779 – Vayishlach

By | November 23rd, 2018|

Seeing the blessing within It has always been a strange story. Jacob fights with an angel and overcomes. Before he releases the angel, Jacob insists: "I will not let you go until you bless me". Bless him? If I was in a fight, the last thing I would ask

9 Kislev 5779 – Vayetzei

By | November 16th, 2018|

Are you a dreamer? This week we will explore the dramatic narrative where Yaakov is forced to flee from his brother Eisav's wrath after taking his blessings. He leaves his native Be'er Sheva and sets out for his family in Charan. While on his way, he grows tired and

2 Kislev 5779 – Toldos

By | November 9th, 2018|

This week I hosted over 40 people to my home for a discussion on Belief titled: Can you be Jewish if you don't believe in G-d? I share with you one of the ideas discussed that I believe can relate to most of us.  Rabbi Chasdai Crescas, 14th Century Jewish

25 Heshvan 5779 – Chayei Sara

By | October 31st, 2018|

Why should the shooting in Pittsburgh matter to me?  What happens to Jews around the world affects Jews everywhere. The incident that took place last Saturday, as Jews gathered inside the Tree of Life Synagogue for a baby naming ceremony, was not just an attack against a specific Jew

18 Heshvan 5779 – Vayeira

By | October 25th, 2018|

This Shabbat Project and Why Maroubra is Special As Jews, we believe in the sanctity of every single human being. G-d created humanity in 'His image' and everyone has an equal share of G-dly presence within them. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to show dignity to everyone from

11 Heshvan 5779 – Lech-Lecha

By | October 18th, 2018|

Are you a fence-sitter? Do you sometimes struggle to make up your mind? I recall sitting in a lecture given by the head of the RAAF Richmond Airbase, where our commander instructed us 'to make a decision'. He urged us to use our best judgement in making our decisions and