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Dec 7, 2018, 3:35 PM
The majesty of the morning storm is like a thousand tubas, rocking me, almost awakened, to enter a very real Shabbat, a final refuge
Nov 9, 2018, 4:23 PM
My fellow Jews, It’s the first Shabbat after a bloody US midterm election campaign. Truth be told, it’s been a bloody few years. A cancerous tumor has infected World Jewry, tearing at the fabric from every corner – American vs. Israeli,...
Oct 20, 2018, 10:11 PM
Shabbat Shalom and Good Luck On The Jackpot
The Mega Millions jackpot is up to an astonishing $1,600,000,000! This is the largest lottery in U.S. history, where instantly you become one of the richest people in the world. At the kiddush after shul today, it didn't take long for...
Nov 17, 2016, 4:36 PM
Unlocking the sleeping spirit that’s within us all
A deep phenomenon lies behind the momentum created by ShabbatUK. As a national coordinator for Chief Rabbi Mirvis’ initiative for two years, I witnessed communities coming together over Shabbat with a passion that has rarely been seen before. Not...
Mar 31, 2016, 8:16 PM
Parshat Shemini — שמיני
The Torah commands us not to eat and digest certain animals because their life force is bound with the סטרא אחרא Extraneous Side which can not be elevated and causes our soul to be blemished. The Belly of the Serpent Within the Parsha is the...
Oct 26, 2014, 3:05 PM
Four things I learned from the Shabbat Project
We've just completed an exhilarating weekend of The Shabbat Project here in Melbourne Australia. As a member of the organising committee, the build up over the last six months has been slow and steady, flowing into a late surge of activity --...
Oct 24, 2014, 10:26 AM
Out of the ark and into the garden: Shabbat Noach in the Shmita year
There are three places in the Torah which talk about human beings and the animals – including wild animals – sharing one food supply. In Eden, in the ark during the flood, and in the Sabbatical year or Shmita....
Oct 22, 2014, 4:21 PM
Beyond Nature (Noach, Covenant & Conversation 5775 on Ethics)
Are we naturally good or naturally bad? On this great minds have argued for centuries. Hobbes believed that we have naturally “a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death.” We are bad, but...
Oct 21, 2014, 10:58 PM
Keeping It Together: The Shabbos Project
There are many epidemics that seem to have their roots in Africa. AIDS, Ebola and an assortment of other scary sounding hemorrhagic fevers, to name but a few, all have this continent firmly stamped on their Certificate of Origin. But...
Oct 20, 2014, 12:02 PM
The Shabbat Project: Turning negatives into positives
My son's phone stopped working the other day. He had a busy day with lots to do and some important calls to return. Not surprisingly, he fell into something of a panic. We have become so dependent on our mobile devices that...