By Sally Berkovic, June 10, 2011

Anyone who has taken a group of over-excited youth on a trip to Israel understands the logistics of moving the group from one place to another.



By Rabbi Benjamin Rickman, June 2, 2011

Before self-help groups and 12-step programmes, the Torah had already proscribed a methodology for helping individuals manage personal growth. The law of the Nazir (Nazirite) is introduced this week. The law is a paradox. The individual becomes kadosh, holy, yet the Nazir is described as a sinner because aestheticism is not the Jewish way.



By Rabbi Miriam Berger, May 26, 2011

People describe London, and other big cities in the UK, as a multicultural melting pot, with people from different countries or of different cultures and religions living along side one another. In fact, this is not strictly true.



May 19, 2011

The assurance that the sword of war will not cross our borders is sufficient reason to rest peacefully at night. The mere fact that we have nothing to worry about should put our minds at ease. Why then does the Torah find it necessary to add to the promise of "no sword" the additional blessing that we will sleep without fear?



By Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh, May 12, 2011

On the dedication page of her book Silent Spring, published in 1962, the late Rachel Carson, one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, quoted the writer E. B. White, creator of Stuart Little, who wrote: "I am pessimistic about the human race because it is too ingenious for its own good. Our approach to nature is to beat it into submission.



By Sally Berkovic, May 5, 2011

God's busy social calendar is outlined in this week's parashah: Shabbat, festivals and the counting of the Omer – His attendance is required at every moment. However, nestled among these holy days is a commandment that demands human intervention, to leave aside a corner of the field for the poor.



By Rabbi Benjamin Rickman, April 28, 2011

The commandment to be holy was spoken to the entire nation.This was unusual in that most commandments were communicated directly to Moses, who would then transmit the teachings to the people.


Shabbat chol hamo'ed pesach

By Rabbi Miriam Berger, April 21, 2011

This reminder, shared with us on Shabbat Chol Hamo'ed Pesach, ensures that the end of Pesach is marked as a sacred occasion. It is especially timely when we consider the huge build-up normally associated with Pesach.


Acharei mot

By Rabbi Pinchas Hackenbroch, April 14, 2011

This Shabbat is conventionally called Shabbat Hagadol, the Great Shabbat. The question is often posed what is unique about this Shabbat to deserve such a title, bearing in mind that i is the regular uniform Shabbat service.



By Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh, April 7, 2011

The recalcitrant "plague" - be it damp or dry rot - that afflicts the hapless householder in Parashat Metzora always reminds me of Mercutio's damning condemnation of Montague and Capulet alike, "A plague o' both your houses" in Romeo and Juliet; the association, though in its original context a malediction, nevertheless opens up many positive homiletical pathways in two parashiyot which are otherw