Monthly Archives: January 2014

On Being Part of A Whole – Parshat Terumah 5774

To read the printable PDF click here: Parshat Teruma – On Being Part of a Whole Individualism v Collectivism: I would like to begin this week by making two observations. The first is from personal experience of parenting whilst the

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Between God’s Authority and Man’s Conscience – Parshat Mishpatim 5774

To Read the printable PDF click here:Mishpatim – Between God’s Authority and Man’s conscience The Role of Ethics in Modern Thought: In the history of modern thought there were two central trends of understanding ethics.  Humanist ethics which stressed the

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An Epiphany of love – Parshat Yitro 5774

To Read the printable PDF click here:Yitro-An Epiphany of love The Significance of Revelation? When I taught at a school in London many years ago, students would often proclaim in very certain terms, that if they witnessed God splitting the

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A Taste of Independence – Parshat Beshalach 5774

A Taste of Independence Beshalach 5774 Dependence to Independence: Donald Winnicot, the renowned British paediatrician and psychoanalyst, presents an important theory of development in a child.  He explains that in order for a child to develop in a healthy way,

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Memory – Bound – Parshat Bo – 5774

” וְהִגַּדְתָּ לְבִנְךָ, בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא לֵאמֹר:  בַּעֲבוּר זֶה, עָשָׂה ה” לִי, בְּצֵאתִי, מִמִּצְרָיִם.  ט וְהָיָה לְךָ לְאוֹת עַל-יָדְךָ, וּלְזִכָּרוֹן בֵּין עֵינֶיךָ, לְמַעַן תִּהְיֶה תּוֹרַת יְהוָה, בְּפִיךָ:  כִּי בְּיָד חֲזָקָה, הוֹצִאֲךָ ה מִמִּצְרָיִם.  י וְשָׁמַרְתָּ אֶת-הַחֻקָּה הַזֹּאת, לְמוֹעֲדָהּ, מִיָּמִים, יָמִימָה.” ”

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Moshe the reluctant leader – On speech and miracles- Parshat Vaera 5774

  ‘Heavy Mouth and Uncircumcised Lips’ Last week we touched upon the notion of speech connected to identity and possession of self.  Moshe’s problem with speech  is a vast topic that deserves a full review and analysis. This week ,

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Women and the covenant of hope – Parshat Shemot – 5774

Women and the covenant of hope This week’s Parasha begins with a list of the names of the people who came down from Egypt.  In fact, Chapter one is filled with name after name of the various families of the

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