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Chayei Sara

Our tradition considers that every letter and word in the Torah has something to teach us. For example, there are two short phrases in this week’s Sidra that the rabbis expanded into two laws relating to Jewish marriage: namely, that a ...

Posted on 2 December 2019, By Janine Stein
The bitter month Mar-Cheshvan?

Today is the first Shabbat in the month that is usually referred to as ‘Cheshvan’. But there is some dispute as to whether that is actually its real name. The names of the Hebrew months have a somewhat surprising history. In the bible...

Posted on 30 October 2019, By Rina Wolfson
Tu B’Av – The Jewish Festival of Love

Tu B’Av is what we Jews have instead of Valentine’s Day. We learn of it from the end of Tractate Ta’anit, the tractate of the Talmud which discusses when and why Jews fast. Following its discussion of the fast of ...

Posted on 16 August 2019, By Rabbi Zahavit Shalev