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.



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.


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


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.



By Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu, August 20, 2015

Do not mess about with "soothsayers, mediums and people who talk to the dead. You must be wholehearted", or in Hebrew, tamim yihyeh, "with the Eternal your God". The image of the tam is known to us from the Seder, the simple child. Yet tam in Torah is not as simple as we think. Two individuals are specifically called tam. The first is Jacob, ish tam, a man who is tam.



By Rabbi Elchonon Feldman, August 12, 2015

"You are children of the Lord, your God. You shall neither cut yourselves nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead" Deuteronomy 14:1

Bereavements come in different ways but when they occur, the impact can be devastating. It is in this context that we approach the verse in our Torah prohibiting excessive outward displays of grief and mourning.



By Felicia Epstein, August 6, 2015

God challenged and tested the Jewish people with the manna in the desert, the food given them without their having to work the land. His unusual food symbolised the people's dependence on God. Every day the people had to trust that the manna would come as it would only last for one day.



By Rabbi David Mitchell, July 30, 2015

It was quite a surprise to discover that the word "teach" appears nowhere in the Shema.



By Rabbi Jonny Hughes, July 21, 2015

Ever sat on a beach at night, gazing up at the stars? Well, think about the following the next time you try it. In this week's sidrah, Moses tells God that the Jewish nation is too burdensome for him to carry alone. Why? Because they are comparable to the profusion of stars.



By Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu, July 16, 2015

Talmud scholars round the world will notice this week that the tractate we are learning each day, Nedarim, or Vows, is based on the opening of this parashah. "When a man makes a vow to the Eternal, or takes an oath imposing an obligation on himself, he shall not profane his words, all that crosses his lips, he must do."