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Jul 10, 2020, 5:11 PM
Parshat Pinchas: The Opposite of Sibling Rivalry
The words “and G-d spoke to Moshe saying” appear hundreds of times throughout Chumash, appearing as the Torah’s refrain. They convey a sense of the relationship Moshe had with Hashem, one of closeness and near-constant communication. They also indicate...
Jun 26, 2020, 2:04 PM
Parshat Korach: Mrs On ben Pelet
Maybe someone should have told the wife of On ben Pelet that the plague which struck the Jewish people in this week’s parsha (Bamidbar, 17:11) was caused by her uncovering her hair – which she did in order to...
Jun 19, 2020, 5:55 AM
Parshat Shelach: The best spies
This week’s parsha opens with Bnei Yisrael about to enter Eretz Yisrael. This is the end of the process that began when Hashem first appeared to Moshe at the burning bush and said to him: “I have come down...
Jun 12, 2020, 9:11 AM
Parshat Behalotecha: ‘No love so devotional as that of “Mother”‘ (Edgar Allan Poe)
The Jewish people have just left Har Sinai. And they have a complaint. They do not like their food, the manna. They want meat (Bamidbar, 11:5). Moshe hears their cries and is distressed. He turns to Hashem and says:...
Jun 5, 2020, 6:34 AM
Parshat Naso: “למה נסמכה…” – What Sotah and Nazir have to do with George Floyd
This week has been filled with pain, posts and protests triggered by a photo of a white policeman kneeling on the neck of a black man, George Floyd. Mr Floyd died from asphyxiation. The pictures of this have deeply...
May 27, 2020, 11:03 PM
Two Models for Matan Torah
The Yom Tov of Shavuos, our celebration of receiving the Torah, is linked to two of the most famous converts in Jewish history: Yisro and Rus. Yisro is linked to Shavuos because the Torah juxtaposes his arrival to Bnei...
May 22, 2020, 2:17 AM
Parshat Bamidbar: “I Celebrate Myself”
Sefer Bamidbar opens with a census of the Jewish people being taken. Hashem commands Moshe: “lift up the heads of all the congregation of Bnei Yisrael, according to their families and the house of their fathers, listing their names,...
May 15, 2020, 12:09 AM
Parshat Behar-Bechukotai: Making Miracles
At the beginning of Parshat Bechukotai, Hashem tells Bnei Yisrael of the blessings they will receive if they follow His word and the punishments they will receive if they do not. If Bnei Yisrael follow the mitzvot, they are...
May 8, 2020, 4:03 AM
Parshat Emor: The Investment we Make
Towards the end of this week’s parsha, there is a summary of all the chagim. The pesukim go through the cycle of the year and chart the different festivals that are celebrated. This section of the parsha begins with...
May 1, 2020, 4:02 AM
Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim: Seeing the Wood and the Trees
Parshat Kedoshim begins with the imperative “be holy because I, Hashem your G-d, am holy” (Vayikra 19:2). The parsha then goes on to detail at great length what it means to be holy by mentioning a whole range of...
Born and raised in London, Shoshana spent a year studying at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim (MMY) in Israel before moving to study English Literature at the University of Bristol, England.