The sombre commemoration of Yom Hazikaron (Israel Remembrance Day) always immediately precedes the jubilant celebration of Yom Haatzmaut (Independence Day). Why are these two days straight after each other? How are we expected or able to suddenly shift our feelings from that of sadness and reflection to those of joy and ecstasy?
This past week we commemorated Yom Hashoa – Holocaust Remembrance Day. I attended two communal memorial events in which my wife, Chana Raizel featured as guest speaker. I was really proud of the way she gave over the story of her dear grandmother and gave honour and dignity to her,
Here is a short story that I recently came across to give us some inspiration in the midst of all our backbreaking Pesach preparations! It was the afternoon before Passover, and Rabbi Levi Yitzchak was wandering through the streets of the Jewish quarter seeking out local smugglers. From one he quietly asked for a
Selling your Chametz: A Jewish 'loophole' or an important transaction?? Over the past few weeks, we have been distributing and advertising our 'Sale of Chametz' form. In place of my message this week, I provide some information as to why this is important and how it works. Jewish law allows
Are we there for those who need us most? Over Shabbat, we will conclude the book of Shemot with an interesting story. the Jews had donated so much to the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) that they were actually told to stop giving. In particular, the women gave their
Purim... Did you know? In the early 1950s, Joseph Stalin, the ruthless butcher of millions of innocent people, had bloody plans for dealing with the “Jewish problem” in the U.S.S.R. Just as things were reaching a crisis point in 1953, he died... on Purim! In 1990, Saddam Hussein of Iraq defiantly
An interesting Purim perspective The Talmud asks: "Why was annihilation decreed on the Persian Jews of that generation?" It answers: "Because they enjoyed the feast of that wicked man (Achashveirosh, the Persian king).” As the Megillah relates in its opening chapter, the Persian monarch threw a major feast, and
The most significant action of history was the creation of the world. So you would think the Torah would dedicate great space towards this phenomenon. Yet, there are only 31 verses on it, a complete contrast to the construction of a small tabernacle, the Mishkan. What is the message behind this?
Poking out an eye?? None of us are perfect. We all do things we regret. So how do we make amends? How do we correct a crime? The dilemma There is a bizarre Torah law in this week's portion of Mishpatim (22:24) that says that if a person harms