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On Faithfulness and Friendship

When Honi, the wonder-working rabbi of the Mishnah, found that he’d been asleep beneath his carob tree for seventy years and no one recognised him any longer in his beloved House of Study, he said ‘O mituta o chavruta – Give me fri...

Posted on 13 September 2018, By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
On the Rosh Hashanah Amidah

The remarkable Amidah for the Musaf service on Rosh Hashanah contains three unique and distinctive meditations: the Malchuyot, concerning God’s sovereignty; the Zichronot, about memory; and the Shofarot about the shofar and revelation. ...

Posted on 4 September 2018, By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

Nitzavim is the second shortest of the Shabbat Torah readings, with only 40 verses. The final 20 verses illustrate two fundamental issues of Jewish belief. Firstly, that teshuvah (repentance) is always possible, and secondly, that we have...

Posted on 4 September 2018, By Lester Kershenbaum