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The current wave of populism and post-truth politics signifies a fundamental crisis of leadership. Vayakhel-Pekudei describes in painstaking detail the completion of the Mishkan, the travelling sanctuary in which the Israelites worshipped...

Posted on 22 March 2017, By Matt Plen

What are we to make of Jacob’s dream? Midrash Tanhuma interprets it as follows: ‘”And behold the angels of God ascending and descending” – these are the princes of the heathen nations which God showed Jacob our father. The Princ...

Posted on 17 November 2015, By Matt Plen
Reflections – Toledot

Parshat Toldot is often understood in stereotypical terms as an account of the relationship between Jews and non-Jews. The central part of the story is focused on Isaac’s journey to Gerar, his defeat at the hands of the Philistines, and...

Posted on 22 November 2014, By Matt Plen