Learning to Live with the Unpredictable

  לזכות רפואה שלימה לאימי מורתי מינדל ליבא בת פיגא פרל בתוך שאר חולי ישראל The last five years and perhaps most acutely the last nine months have been for me on a very personal level a lesson in releasing

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Rosh Hashana 5775 – Hagar and Yishmael: Reflections on the ‘Other’ – Empathy and Pragmatism in our Avodat Hashem

For a printable PDF version click here:RH Hagar and Yishamel 5775 Note: This essay requires a detailed analysis of the two readings of Rosh Hashana.  It is strongly advised to read them through and I have attached them at the

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On Sirens, Spinoza, Soloveitchik and Electiveness

For a printable PDF click here:On Sirens soloveicthik and Spinoza 5775 It’s been a strange few weeks.  This is the time of year in Israel that reminds us why we are here.  It’s like that moment when, unaware you are

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Pesach and the Struggle for a Perfect Freedom

Click here for a printable PDF version:Pesach 5775 The struggle for a perfect freedom Click here for posters and print outs for Seder (see  pictures) :pesach to put by name plates pesach posters for seder Plato and the world of

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According to the effort is the reward – Parshat Terumah 5775

For a printable PDF version click here:Parshat Terumah 5775   Ben Bag Bag would say: Delve and delve into it, for all is in it; see with it; grow old and worn in it; do not budge from it, for

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Between Law and Revelation, Transcendence and Immanence – Parshat Mishpatim 5775

Parshat Mishpatim 5775  “וְכָל-הָעָם רֹאִים אֶת-הַקּוֹלֹת וְאֶת-הַלַּפִּידִם, וְאֵת קוֹל הַשֹּׁפָר, וְאֶת-הָהָר, עָשֵׁן; וַיַּרְא הָעָם וַיָּנֻעוּ, וַיַּעַמְדוּ מֵרָחֹק” “And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the voice of the horn, and the mountain smoking; and when the

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Revealing the difference of the ‘Other’ – Parshat Yitro 5775

For a printable PDF version click here:Parshat Yitro – 5775 A Sign of the Times: As I wrote a few weeks ago the events over the last month have not been entirely unsurprising, yet a tidal wave leaves aftershocks and

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