Sidrahs

Vayera

By Rabbi Daniel Roselaar, October 29, 2015

When God said that he was going to destroy the wicked inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham pleaded with him to spare them.

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Lech Lecha

October 21, 2015

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Noach

By Rabbi Larry Tabick, October 15, 2015

The story of Noah and the flood is a staple of Western civilisation. Everyone knows it, but what does it mean? It is a tale jam-packed with moral lessons, of course, but are there any spiritual lessons, too?

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Bereshit

By Maureen Kendler, October 8, 2015

This is the first of several biblical fratricides. Brothers in the book of Bereshit seem to live poised on the fault line of an explosive tension connected to covenant, family line and inheritance, with an urgency that can only end in attempted or actual murder.

It is remarkable how often these conflicts take place in the "field".

What is "the field"?

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Chol Hamo'ed

By Rabbi Jonny Hughes, October 1, 2015

The Declaration of Independence of the United States promotes "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". Succot, referred to in the Torah reading for Chol Hamo'ed as a harvest festival, the Festival of Ingathering, is called zman simchateinu in our liturgy, the time of our happiness. More happiness than at any other time, says Maimonides.

So what is simchah? An absence of pain?

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Haazinu

By Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu, September 24, 2015

These two phrases sum up what is so unique and so troubling about our relationship with God.

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Vayelech

By Rabbi Elchonon Feldman, September 17, 2015

Leaders and rulers come in all shapes and sizes and if I were to ask you to conjure up the image of rulers endowed with physical strength and courage, then powerhouses of history such as Genghis Kahn, Attila the Hun and Alexander the Great would probably come to mind.

The Israelite leaders Moses and Joshua in contrast would not naturally make this list.

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Nitzavim

By Felicia Epstein, September 10, 2015

Before Moses dies, he impresses on the people that God's commandments are not in the heaven and also that they are not beyond the sea.

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Ki Tavo

By Rabbi David Mitchell, September 4, 2015

"Blessed shall you be in the field... and in the city, when you come in... and when you go out" Deuteronomy 28:3-6

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Ki Tetzei

By Rabbi Jonny Hughes, August 26, 2015

Most of us are born with an ingrained trait of hatred. For me, it started off with marmite and has found more sophisticated victims since. Unless we attempt to rid ourselves of our natural venom, it will come back to haunt us, even if we think we have risen above it.

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