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13 Shevat 5779 – Beshalach

By | January 18th, 2019|

How can we restore ourselves during times of immense pressure and stress? When G-d created the universe, He consulted the angels: “Should I bestow upon the human race the gift of music?” The elitist angels unanimously replied with a resounding “no.” “The human race will not appreciate the sublime

14 Tevet 5779 – Vayechi

By | December 20th, 2018|

Hey! He took my parking spot! My emotions were put to the test this week. I had found the perfect parking spot right in front of the hospital. As I was reversing in, another car pulled into it directly behind me. I was first in line for that spot

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