Pinchas – Status/Change of Status

Status. Change of status. Concepts pretty familiar to us in these days of social media. But we use those terms lightly – so often for insignificant matters. Parshat Pinchas is all about status – defining status, declaring status, changing status. What a great parsha...

Who and What is the Real Antidote to Bil’am?

For the PDF Version: פרשתבלק5780אנגלית In our Parashah we read about the gentile prophet Bil’am, who was asked to use his special spiritual powers in order to curse Am Yisrael. In the Gemara (Brachot 7a) we are told that Bil’am was the only one to know the...

Korach and Company

For the PDF version click HERE Korach and Company. What a plot. Our parasha is every bit the drama, mystery and action you could hope for. Family disputes, jealousy, a rebellion, climax and paranormal phenomena and justice. This portion of the parasha is so well read...

Shelach – Lecha

Written L’ilui Nishmant my son, Naftali Meir Z’’L We all have our favourite Parashiot. Some shine light on great personalities whose lives inspire and guide us to this very day. Others fill us with joy as we read about the downfall of an enemy. This Shabbat, the Torah...

Thou Shalt Not Complain

For the PDF version click HERE What is the sin that ruins it all? Even the sin of the Golden Calf – an idolatrous lapse at the holiest moment in the relationship between God and the Jewish people – was not beyond atonement and rectification. What could be worse? What...

Shavuot – The Forgotten Holiday

For the PDF version click HERE Years ago, a Reform Rabbi friend of mine, bemoaned that “Shavu’ot is the forgotten holiday of the Reform Movement”, because it is only one day, usually falls in the middle of the week and has nothing tangible to “capture” people’s...

Deep Roots

For the PDF Version: בהר בחוקותי5780אנגלית וְזָכַרְתִּי אֶת בְּרִיתִי יַעֲקוֹב וְאַף אֶת בְּרִיתִי יִצְחָק וְאַף אֶת בְּרִיתִי אַבְרָהָם אֶזְכֹּר וְהָאָרֶץ אֶזְכֹּר, “I will remember My covenant with Yaacov and also My covenant with Yitzchak; I will also...

I shall be sanctified amidst the children of Israel

For the PDF Version: אמור5780אנגלית ”They shall be holy to their God, and they shall not desecrate their God’s Name, for they offer up the fire offerings of the Lord, the food offering of their God, so they shall be holy”. (Vayikra 21, 6). “You...

Before Hashem

For the PDF Version: Parshat Acharei Mot Before Hashem The theme of Parashat Acharei Mot is the ability to be “before Hashem”. The Parsha starts out with the sad fact that Aharon’s two sons died “when they drew near before Hashem”...