May 31, 2017

The priestly blessings are one of Judaism’s most famous texts: 

May God bless you and protect you!

May God make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!

May God lift up His face to you, and give you peace!

This is a blessing that increases. The first verse has 3 wo...

May 26, 2017

This week we begin Sefer Bamidbar – “In the Wilderness”. We began our national existence in this rugged and harsh environment, there we received the Torah. Why there? Why in a wasteland? Why not in the land of Israel? Or maybe even in Egypt?

This is a great topic to dis...

May 18, 2017

In our Parsha Discussions this year, we haven’t yet spoken much about the special nature of the Land of Israel, a particular passion of mine. Behar and Behukotai have a strong focus upon the land of Israel. This seems an apt topic at this time of year, with Yom Haatzma...

May 11, 2017


We are currently in the heart of the period known as the Omer, the 49 day-count that links Pesach and Shavuot, and the source of this mitzva may be found in our Parsha. Each day we signify “Today is X days to the Omer,” detailing weeks and days.

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May 4, 2017

This week’s parsha contains one of the Torah’s most famous sayings: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” It seems a great aspiration but an impossible law to fulfil; after all, how does a person love another person as much as we love ourselves? How do we override ego and...

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