Should a married man be alone with another woman?

July 17, 2019 by  

Dear Rabbi.  I was intrigued to read the story last week about a US politician refusing to have a female reporter accompany him alone on his 15-hour ‘ride-a-thon’ campaign.  Is society finally catching up with Halakha? Yours, H. J. Read more

Is every day like Purim?

March 24, 2019 by  

In Spirals of the Soul (p. 115) I cite the AriZa”l, R’ Isaac Luria, who famously declares that Yom Kippur, known in the Torah as Yom Kippurim, “is like Purim” – Yom K’Purim. I go on to suggest that the implications of this go far deeper than a play-on-words. Read more

A micro-second of illumination is all we need

December 14, 2018 by  

I have been privileged to lead Chanukah services on cruise ships for the past five years…writes Rabbi Chaim Ingram.  Read more

One citizen’s rights wrongs another

November 12, 2018 by  

It was only just over a year ago that the Yes campaigners for the same-sex marriage vote were at pains to assure voters that religious institutions would continue to be protected…writes Rabbi Chaim Ingram. Read more

Changing our perspective on climate change

September 28, 2018 by  

Dear Rabbi:  I am very hazy as to the Jewish perspective on human-induced climate change. The rabbis I have asked seem to cloud the issue and one told me the topic is too hot to handle. (No puns intended, of course!) In desperation I turn to you! What’s your take on it all? Should religious Jews be doing more about it? Yours, Confused. Read more

Why are we Jewish?…a two-part essay by Rabbi Chaim Ingram

August 29, 2018 by  

In the first part of this essay, I cited the JCA/Monash University Gen17 survey and discussed the disturbing implications of the finding that “remembering the Holocaust” (95% of respondents) appeared to be the main identifier of Jewish identity in Australian Jewry…writes Rabbi Chaim Ingram. Read more

Why are we Jewish?…a two-part essay by Rabbi Chaim Ingram

August 27, 2018 by  

If I am I because I am I

and you are you because you are you

then I am I and you are you.

But if I am I because you are you

and you are you because I am I

then I am not I and you are not you

(R’ Menachem Mendel of Kotsk 1787-1859) Read more

Games of self-delusion?…asks Rabbi Chaim Ingram

July 26, 2018 by  

Are you a fan of Game of Thrones? Or not? Either way, read on …. Read more

G-d bless you mighty Micronesia

December 28, 2017 by  

Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo. If you don’t know where to find these countries on the map, search for them right now. Read more

Chanukah on the high seas

December 22, 2017 by  

Once again this year, I was privileged together with my wife to lead Chanukah services and run programs on an ocean liner in a room of our own viewing the Pacific Ocean…writes Rabbi Chaim Ingram. Read more

How in(secure) are we?

November 9, 2017 by  

Queueing at passport-control at Ben-Gurion Airport (one of the few places in Israel where queues really do exist!), two young women just ahead of me turned around (I suppose they gleaned from my appearance and demeanour that I was not a first-timer like them!) and nervously asked me what sort of questions they were likely to have to answer…writes Rabbi Chaim Ingram. Read more

How long do you plan to live?

September 26, 2017 by  

There is one thing that all of humanity, indeed every living organism, has in common.  That is that we all grow older, day by day, year by year!…writes Rabbi Chaim Ingram. Read more

Locking into our collective long-term memory…writes Rabbi Chaim Ingram

May 30, 2017 by  

One of the symptoms of growing old is forgetting what you did yesterday – and remembering with stark clarity something you did fifty years ago! Read more

Chanukah on The Ovation of the Seas

January 19, 2017 by  

Once again this Chanuka, it was my delight and privilege to be invited, together with my wife, by Royal Caribbean to be rabbi-in residence on a cruise voyage, this time on the new gigantic addition to its fleet, Ovation of the Seas…writes Rabbi Chaim Ingram. Read more

Why I rejoice in a Trump victory…writes Rabbi Chaim Ingram

November 21, 2016 by  

Somehow, we failed to see the signs…in the early days of the campaign when he was the leading Republican contender in all the polls and garnering all the attention, everyone said he isn’t a serious candidate and will falter. Read more

Kol Nidre: The secret of its survival

October 8, 2016 by  


What is the secret of Kol Nidrei...asks Rabbi Chaim Ingram. Read more

A Sydney rabbi open letter to a New Yorker Rabbi Lookstein

July 19, 2016 by  

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein is rabbi emeritus of the Kehilat Yeshurun on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and former principal of the Ramaz School who was to have delivered the Invocation at the National Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Read more

Keeping it forever

October 23, 2015 by  

Rabbi Chaim Ingram pens an essay for in honour of the Shabbat Project…. Read more

A Jew for all Seasons…writes Rabbi Chaim Ingram

September 19, 2015 by  

The Proms are an annual institution in London. From July to September each year, the Royal Albert Hall on the south bank of the Thames hosts an array of nightly concerts of mediaeval, renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary music to suit all tastes. Read more

Who holds the Trump card?…asks Rabbi Chaim Ingram

September 3, 2015 by  

Extraordinary things are happening in the USA.   Read more

Je suis parce que je pense…writes Rabbi Chaim Ingram

January 19, 2015 by  

Jewish communities are still reeling from the events of eight days ago at Hyper-Cachere in Paris. Read more

Can the Chanukah light vanquish global darkness?

December 21, 2014 by  

Never have we needed Chanukah, the Festival of Light, more than during a week when global news events have plunged the world into deep darkness…writes Rabbi Chaim Ingram. Read more

Formative influences – the microcosmic dimension…writes Rabbi Chaim Ingram

December 22, 2013 by  

News buffs would have been intrigued and perhaps surprised to read last week that Pope Francis has been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. Read more

Scotched on the Rocks

July 1, 2012 by  

I remember fondly my first English teacher in high school, Mr. Shinebaum a.h.. On the very first lesson he strode into the classroom, cane in hand, and proceded to instil the “fear of heaven” into us by informing us what Henry (the name of his cane) would do if we would step out of line…writes Rabbi Chaim Ingram. Read more

Kabbala versus Kabbollywood

May 23, 2012 by  

Both as a parent and as a teacher, I have come to know that there is no purer relationship than that of a child to G-D…writes Rabbi Chaim Ingram. Read more