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Simchat Torah

Rabbi Chaim Weiner once asked a class of Bar/Bat Mitzvah students what they understood by the words ‘and gave us His Torah’, which occurs in the Torah blessing after the phrase ‘who chose us from all other peoples’. This triggered...

Posted on 26 September 2018, By Allan Myers
Shabbat Chol ha-Moed Sukkot

Kohelet – the Book of Ecclesiastes – which we read on Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot, is a first person account from someone who has been there and done that, a wealthy but world-weary king who asks: ‘What real value (yitron) is there f...

Posted on 26 September 2018, By Rabbi Zahavit Shalev

The leadership of Moses is bookended by his songs: the Song of the Sea, and the Song of Moses. Moses first led his people in song after leading them through the split sea. The Song of the Sea, therefore, is appropriately triumphant and ce...

Posted on 20 September 2018, By Natasha Mann