Minister of Religious Affairs meets with women Torah scholars including women rabbis

August 31, 2021 by  
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Israel’s Minister of Religious Affairs, Matan Kahana and MK Nir Orbach met over the weekend with the directors and heads of halachic (Jewish law) programs for women. Read more

Dreams, hopes & fears

August 30, 2021 by  
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Rabbi Raymond writes about Rosh HaShanah. Read more

Shabbat Ki Tavo

August 26, 2021 by  
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Why do we do things in life? Is it to get some kind of reward? Read more

Weekly Torah. Shabbat Shoftim Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9

August 13, 2021 by  
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Who is Responsible? Read more

The budget of Israel Ministry of Religious Affairs increased by 100 million shekels

August 9, 2021 by  
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An additional 100 million Shekels (A$42 million) have been allocated to the budget for Israel’s Ministry of Religious Affairs. Read more

Why to Jewish men cover their heads?

August 2, 2021 by  
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Ak the rabbi! Read more

A chosen people

July 30, 2021 by  
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I dislike the expression “The Chosen People”.  Read more

Why some Jews leave a bare section on a wall on purpose?

July 26, 2021 by  
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Torah for Shabbat: Shabbat Nachamu, The Shabbat of Comfort after the Ninth of Av.

July 23, 2021 by  
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As Moses continues his speech to the children of Israel, he repeats two core texts that underpin the whole of the Jewish way of life. Read more

Is God dead?

June 28, 2021 by  
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Rabbi Jeremy Rosen: Shabbat Balak

June 25, 2021 by  
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It seems strange that the whole Parsha we read this week should be named after a Midianite/Moabite King, Balak, and be devoted to a non-Jewish magician Bilam.
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Thought for the week

June 25, 2021 by  
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On Sunday is the fast of the Seventeenth of Tammuz. It is a minor fast that lasts from dawn to dusk and ushers in a period of mourning that leads up to the 9th of Av when we commemorate the loss of two Temples. Read more

Religious politics

June 18, 2021 by  
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The personal attacks on Naftali Bennet coming from the Charedi parties in Israel because he has been instrumental in excluding them from power and has stood up to their blackmail are disgusting. Read more

Is it permitted for women to wear tallit and tefillin?

April 6, 2021 by  
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Do you know before whom you stand?

March 1, 2021 by  
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Where does “upon my heart” originate

February 1, 2021 by  
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How did the Ten Lost Tribes come to be lost?

November 30, 2020 by  
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Why isn’t life fair?

October 19, 2020 by  
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How our Succas taught an amazing COVID lesson

October 15, 2020 by  
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On Rosh HaShanah, we re-affirmed our belief in an omnipotent G-D.  On Yom Kippur we cried out to Him to renew our relationship.   Read more

When rabbis should not keep quiet

September 11, 2020 by  
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The former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, Jonathan Sacks, has come in for some stick over remarks he recently made about religion and politics. Read more

Finding Love

August 7, 2020 by  
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Did you know that there is an ancient tradition that on two days in the year, unmarried girls used to go out dancing in the vineyards around Jerusalem in order to find a marriage partner? Read more

New president for World Union for Progressive Judaism

May 18, 2020 by  
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The World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) has unanimously approved the selection of Rabbi Sergio Bergman from Argentina as the next president of WUPJ. Read more

Does Judaism believe in turning the other cheek?

April 27, 2020 by  
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Eating an idol

March 13, 2020 by  
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Eating plays a very important part in Jewish rituals, every day of the year. Read more

Sin? Not such a big deal

October 18, 2019 by  
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Next week we will restart the annual Torah reading cycle and that always reminds me of Sin! Adam and Eve and all that. Read more

Why do bad things happen

October 4, 2019 by  
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For thousands of years, we have been asking why God lets bad things happen to good people and good things happen to very bad ones. Read more

Remember

September 27, 2019 by  
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The occasion that we now call Rosh Hashana, is referred to in the Bible only as Zihron Teruah – the Day of Remembering with Sound. One is bound to ask: “remembering what? And what does the sound of the Shofar have to do with it?” Read more

The Seventeenth of Tammuz

July 19, 2019 by  
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Five really bad things happened to the Jewish people on the Seventeenth of Tammuz. Which is why we fast from dawn to dusk. This year the seventeenth is on Shabbat, but we fast on Sunday. Shabbat is reserved for happy days. Read more

One day or one lifetime

There is an interesting halachic discussion regarding the Mitzvah of Sefirat Haomer – the forty-nine days that we count between the festival of Pesach and Shavuot. The authorities debate whether counting the Omer is considered one long mitzvah, or forty-nine independent obligations. Read more

Is religion one of the world’s problems?…ask the rabbi

June 18, 2018 by  
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Rabbi Raymond Apple served for 32 years as the chief minister of the Great Synagogue, Sydney, Australia’s oldest and most prestigious congregation. and now lives in Jerusalem. He proffers his answer… Read more