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4 Adar 1 5779 – Terumah

By | February 7th, 2019|

From our earliest history as a people and as a nation, we have been defined by the concept of Terumah. Terumah refers to the offerings or contributions that we have made, whether to our own internal communities or to the society's in which we have lived. We have always punched

27 Shevat 5779 – Mishpatim

By | January 31st, 2019|

A lesson in Empathy While slavery is widely seen as abhorrent today, the Torah (Parashat Mishaptim), some three thousand years ago, already contained an ethical code towards the treatment of slaves. The Jerusalem Talmud relates that prior to leaving Egypt, G-d commanded Moses to teach the Jewish nation concerning

20 Shevat 5779 – Yitro

By | January 25th, 2019|

Delivering our message effectively It is startling. We will read this week in Shule how the Jewish nation receives the Torah at Mount Sinai. Yet the very first word uttered by G-d to his people, Anochi - I - is an Egyptian one. Why would G-d use employ a foreign language?

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