Category Archives for "Blogs"

Apr 04

4 April 2019

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Dear Friends, Believe it or not, we are only a little more than two weeks away from the start of Pesach! Timed this year to coincide with a different sort of exit (or not), the Exodus from Egypt is the impetus for our biggest festival. Yet, for many, observance of Pesach has been mired in […]

Mar 29

28 March 2019

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Dear Friends, There’s a lot of things I love doing being a rabbi– but perhaps chief among them is helping to make new Jews through teaching and facilitating conversions. This past Tuesday was a milestone for me in this regard, as I had the pleasure to sit, for the first time, on a Beit Din […]

Mar 22

21 March 2019

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Dear Friends, Forgive the short dispatch today! As it is Purim, I have had the immense pleasure of spending most of the day delivering the Mishlo’ach Manot bags made by Cheder to a variety of you. This particular activity is immensely fun– an experience I can only guess compares to that of Santa’s theoretical elves. […]

Mar 15

14 March 2019

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Dear Friends, As you surely know, Purim is nearly upon us! Many find it hard to believe that Purim is a legitimate Jewish holiday– as it seems to be so much at odds with the somber, historicised, self-flagellating tone which many ascribe to Jewish holiday observance. In contrast, Purim is all about inversion: the weak […]

Mar 07

7 March 2019

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A manual wheelchair, a motorised wheelchair, and a set of each with a man or a woman seated in them. A probing cane used by the blind, along with a set with a man and a woman each using it. An ear with a hearing aid. A person (generic), or a woman, or a man, […]

Mar 01

28 February 2019

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Dear Friends, Shabbat is such a pillar of Jewish life, that when we talk about those who are ‘religious’ or ‘observant’ (both complex and problematic terms themselves) we tend to rely on the Hebrew descriptor of Shomrei Shabbat– those who guard Shabbat. Clearly that instruction is embedded from the very root of our tradition in […]

Feb 22

21 February 2019

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Dear Friends, A few weeks back, I wrote a bit about the malignantly-misunderstood Friedrich Nietzsche and his unfair association with Nazism. What is perhaps a much worse historical judgement is that which falls on a different ‘villain’: Niccolò Machiavelli. In the generation after his own lifetime and for many that followed, Machiavelli was labelled evil, […]

Feb 15

14 February 2019

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Dear Friends, Something remarkable happened last night, something no one thought possible, and something that really struck me in a surprising and unexpected way. No, I don’t mean that Spurs won (although that fits the same criteria), but rather that, during the match between them and Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund, a *successful* minute of silence […]

Feb 01

31 January 2019

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At one point in my life, I kept a list of all sorts of phrases and words that would make really good names for a rock band. Now, I never actually played or formed a band– the drama of that seemed exhausting. The fun part was in the naming of the band. As any good marketing […]

Jan 24

24 January 2019

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Dear Friends, Few people have been more misunderstood than the much-maligned philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. For many, the name of Nietzsche conjures up images of jackbooted fascists, and to some he is considered to be the intellectual underpinning of Nazism, with his ideas of will, nihilistic tendencies, and the oft-quoted notion of the übermenschen. Yet indeed, […]