Nov 08

7 November 2019

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Dear Friends,   This week in the Torah, as we zoom in post-Flood onto Abraham and his family, we get a story that, to its first listeners, would have been remarkably strange. Our ancestors who first recorded and told the tales of the Torah were well acquainted with mythological epics about heroes encountering the gods. […]

Oct 10

10 October 2019

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Dear Friends, I want to begin today with a few, inherently incomplete, ‘thank you’s– Thank you to all of you who joined us and brought your whole selves to the spiritual work of teshuvah over the last ten days. Thank you to all of our service leaders, torah-readers, haftarah-readers, shofar-blowers, chair setter-uppers, handout-printers, childrens service-takers, floor-sweepers, meeters-and-greeters, […]

Oct 07

3 October 2019

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Dear Friends, It was such a pleasure to see so many of you over Rosh haShanah! Approaching Yom Kippur next week, I want to wish everyone a g’mar ḥatimah tovah– a good conclusion to your sealing in the Book of Life. For those who asked if my Rosh haShanah sermons would be online- you should […]

Sep 27

26 September 2019

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Dear Friends, Every year, Professor Danny Matt, a scholar at Berkeley and the translator of the Zohar into English, does all self-respecting nerdy Jews a big favour: he combs through the Tanakh to find verses which add up to the number of the new Hebrew year. Since any word can also be read as a […]

Sep 19

19 September 2019

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Dear Friends, When you spend any extended time living in Israel, one of the first Hebrew phrases you pick up is the oft-used and little-understood, Selichah! Usually used in a series of staccato repetitions (“Selichah, selichah, selichah!”), this word is ubiquitous on the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv alike. The word (סליחה) literally means […]

Sep 19

12 September 2019

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Dear Friends, It’s not every day you get uplifting political news– especially these days. Yet, yesterday something happened which, to me at least, signals that things aren’t all that bad. A few weeks ago, thanks to the braggadocio of Italy’s Foreign Minister Matteo Salvini, the Italian parliament looked as though it would be the first one in […]

Sep 05

5 September 2019

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Dear Friends, It’s astounding to me how quick the seasons seem to change when the school term begins again. It could be mid-June or late-November but I’d swear the official switch to Autumn-feeling™️ happens the week that school returns. Though the weather is still lovely, I can’t help but crave a pumpkin spice latte and start […]

Aug 29

29 August 2019

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Dear Friends, Arguably, no one loves acronyms more than the Jews. The further you get into traditional Jewish texts (especially rabbinic ones) the more that the words dissolve into endless (and often, senseless) acronyms. I would imagine that I’m not alone among people who have spent time in a Beit Midrash in having devoted a […]

Aug 19

15 August 2019

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Dear Friends, This is a weird week in the Jewish calendar. On Sunday we commemorated Tisha b’Av (the 9th of Av), the day on which the ancient Temple was destroyed and numerous other calamities befell our people. It ties with Yom Kippur as the saddest day of the Jewish year (and shares many ritual similarities as […]

Aug 02

1 August 2019

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Dear Friends, Back when I was a young, doe-eyed, proto-rabbi– there was one thing above all else that I felt the need to hide from my classmates and teachers. It was an opinion which was very much not in vogue (#unpopularopinion) and I thought it best to not be too eager to share it. Basically, […]

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