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



By Sally Berkovic, March 31, 2011

The moon has inspired poetry, art and popular music: think Frank Sinatra, Van Morrison and Pink Floyd. This Shabbat an additional paragraph - Exodus 12:1-20  - will be read and we will be told hachodesh hazeh lachem, "this month will be to you".



By Rabbi Benjamin Rickman, March 24, 2011

It is not easy to remain true to one's traditions. Society today is happy to condone or even promote imitation products, which affects the way we see the world. Even in our spiritual lives, we may be tempted from authentic practice, instead looking to experiment with different techniques and stimulants.



By Rabbi Miriam Berger, March 16, 2011

Parashat Tzav continues to explore the themes of sacrifice, describing in detail how the burnt offering, meal offering, guilt offering and peace offering were to be carried out. Since the destruction of the Temple, our prayers and liturgy have come to replace sacrifice. Even the structure of our prayers, such as the place of Musaph, seeks to mimic the Temple's sacrificial rituals.



By Rabbi Pinchas Hackenbroch, March 10, 2011

Rashi notes that the Torah uses the word adam for person rather than the more frequent ish; he explains that just as Adam did not serve God with anything acquired dishonestly, because nothing in the world belonged to anyone else, so must a person who brings an offering make certain that the offering was honestly acquired.



By Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh, March 3, 2011

The verse above is the first of four describing the precious and semi-precious stones on the High Priest's breastplate, which represent the twelve tribes of Israel.



By Sally Berkovic, February 24, 2011

For the ultimate in interior design, God chose Bezalel, from the tribe of Judah, to oversee the construction, design and colour scheme of the Mishkan (Tabernacle).


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By Rabbi Benjamin Rickman, February 17, 2011

It is easy to lose patience with leaders, be they politicians, presidents, monarchs or rabbis. These individuals carry the weight of our collective expectations, our dreams, our hopes; and when they appear to let us down, we often channel our energies that hitherto had been positive and supportive into feelings of hate, disgust and anger.



By Rabbi Miriam Berger, February 10, 2011

Moses and Aaron's leadership starts out in a somewhat fantastical nature with pithy soundbites demanding the Israelites' freedom and miraculous happenings brought about by the waving of hands or the use of a staff. It is all about powerful words and exuberant displays of might.



By Rabbi Pinchas Hackenbroch, February 3, 2011

The verses at the beginning of the sidrah list in exhaustive detail the various materials that were donated and used for the Mishkan (the Tabernacle), from gold and silver all the way through to the shoham stones and stones for settings for the ephod and the breastplate.