January 17, 2020

In hindsight the Exodus looks smooth and simple. The reality was far more complicated. The road to freedom was a twisting rocky road, with failures and setbacks on the way. How do you deal with disappointments and setbacks?

August 8, 2019

Moses is asserting that the Torah has what to say to every culture. In the course of history, many ethnicities, religions and societies have risen. Each civilization challenged or contested Judaism on this point or that. And Judaism offered its response to each in a fr...

July 21, 2019

Leaders of the future will not be like Moshe. Now authority needs checks and balances, decisions need to made in consultation; there needs to be oversight. Here is a new system for a post-Moses world.

July 10, 2019

It is wonderful to see this new generation - born in the wilderness - so sure and secure in their faith in God. This is not the slave generation of Egypt. It is a new mindset. These people grew up on the Manna' and are confident to enter Israel with God at their he...

June 11, 2019

For Rashi then, the true and trusted leader is the person who is willing to take the whip for his people. The real leader has built the trust of his underlings by working together, side-by-side... This is a love between leader and nation and a trust born in adversity.

July 25, 2018

One of the siren calls of our culture is 'having it all'. Behind it lies the idea that we can do, or be, or have everything - if not all at once, then at least serially. There are no hard choices, no irreconcilable conflicts, no genuine dilemmas. There is no &#...

June 21, 2018

Maybe the Rabbis called anger idolatry because when a person is overwhelmed by anger, their rage is their master; They are out of control; a false “god” controls them.

May 30, 2018

"The seventy elders all receive their prophecy from Moses and Moses empowers and illuminates ‎them all, but loses nothing in this overflow of prophecy. This dramatic moment forces Moses to ‎realize and internalise his immense capability and influence. By giving to...

January 11, 2018

“Since the Nile protected Moses when he was cast into it, it was not struck by him, not with the plague of blood nor with frogs, but instead was struck by Aaron.” I can appreciate that we are indebted and thankful to human beings who have extending kindness to us, bu...

January 4, 2018

"He saw no Man" - Moses sees that there is no Man, no representative of human morality, on the scene. Moses realizes that human morality… is absent from the ‎setting in which he finds himself. ‎

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